Rauner wants to take over Chicago schools, University of Illinois trustees to vote on tuition freeze, and other Chicago news

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel spoke at the U.S. Conference of Mayors annual meeting in Washington, D.C., Wednesday. - CHIP SOMODEVILLA/GETTY IMAGES
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  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel spoke at the U.S. Conference of Mayors annual meeting in Washington, D.C., Wednesday.

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Thursday January 21, 2016.


  • Weather—Cloudy and below freezing

Temperatures warm up a little bit with a high of 27 and low of 21, as we inch above freezing temperatures this weekend. It will be mostly cloudy through the evening. [AccuWeather]


  • Top Illinois Republicans want a state takeover of Chicago Public Schools

Governor Bruce Rauner is backing a plan by senate minority leader Christine Radogno and house minority leader Jim Durkin to let the state take control of troubled CPS. Democrats, including Mayor Rahm Emanuel, strongly oppose the idea, which would also let the district file for bankruptcy. [Reuters]

  • University of Illinois might freeze tuition again

Good news for parents of students interested in attending University of Illinois: the school is planning not to raise tuition for new undergraduates coming from in-state during the 2016-2017 academic year. The university board of trustees will vote on the proposal at their board meeting Thursday. [Tribune]


  • "Resign Rahm" spreads to Washington, D.C.

Chicagoans have gotten used to seeing "Resign Rahm" signs on the streets. Now a protester has brought the message to the nation's capital. A woman holding a sign calling for Emanuel's resignation interrupted a mayors' conference there Wednesday. [ABC7 Chicago]


  • Former Chicagoan resigns from music PR firm after sexual misconduct allegations

Indie music publicist Heathcliff Berru stepped down from his job as CEO of Life or Death PR after several women accusing him of sexual assault and harassment came forward. Berru got his start in the music industry while attending DePaul University for two years. [New York Magazine] [The DePaulia]


  • Local producer makes "masterpiece" Vine of Sarah Palin endorsing Trump

Sarah Palin's Iowa endorsement speech for Donald Trump was pretty entertaining by any standards. Tribune Media associate producer Tom Carbone's Vine of the speech's best moment has more than ten million as of late Wednesday. [Esquire] [Vine]


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