Cubs manager Joe Maddon sits in his van before a late-February practice session. Credit: AP/Morry Gash

Welcome to the Reader‘s morning briefing for Tuesday, March 22, 2016.

  • Weather: Temperatures finally back in the 60s after annoying cold streak

We finally get a much-needed warm-up after a few days in a row of cold temperatures. It will be partly sunny, with a high of 61 and a low of 48. There’s also a chance of rain in the morning. [AccuWeather]

  • Whatever Joe Maddon is doing, it’s working for the Cubs clubhouse

In the wake of the Adam LaRoche controversy that has consumed the White Sox, popular Cubs manager Joe Maddon explains how he runs the Cubs clubhouse. Maddon’s dress code is simply: “If you think you look hot, you wear it.” And kids are allowed up until three hours before game time. There are other rules too, but he doesn’t go “nuts” about them because he’s there to manage to the team, “not make rules.” [Comcast SportsNet Chicago]

  • Home prices and sales are on the rise in the Chicago area

It’s a good time to sell your home in Chicagoland. Area home prices in February increased 7.1 percent over last year and sales jumped by 6.1 percent. It’s even better to be in the city itself; the median home and condo price in Chicago increased by 12.3 percent. [Tribune]

  • CPD chief finalist criticized Rahm Emanuel in CNN article

Cedric Alexander, one of three finalists to become Chicago Police Department superintendent, criticized Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s and Cook County state’s attorney Anita Alvarez’s controversial decision to fight the release of the Laquan McDonald shooting video in an article written for CNN in February. Alexander echoed the sentiments of many other Emanuel and Alvarez critics: “When the news is bad, our leaders have a duty to deliver it. Whether the news is bad for us or bad for them, they need to disclose it, fast and in full.” The Sun-Times reported that Alexander, who is currently the public safety director of DeKalb County, Georgia, is the front-runner for Garry McCarthy’s old job. [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • Dog poop proposal would fine home owners $50-$500 for leaving it on their lawn

Apparently a lot of Chicagoans don’t clean up dog poop, even when it’s in their own front yards. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and a few aldermen have proposed fining residents who don’t clean up poop daily. ‘Cause hey: if the City Council can’t clean up Chicago’s other messes, they might as well clean up this one, right? [WGN]

  • Rachael Ray’s popular SXSW festival within a festival heading to Lincoln Park Zoo

Loyal South by Southwest attendees know about the Feedback Festival, hosted by the Food Network’s Rachael Ray and her husband, John M. Cusimano. It’s become so popular that they’re taking the annual tradition from Austin, Texas, to Lincoln Park Zoo on June 25. It will feature music from singer-songwriter Grace Potter and R&B group Lee Fields & the Expressions, and, of course, food and drinks. Tickets start at $49.50. [Time Out Chicago]