Rauner laments ongoing budget impasse, students anxious about uncertainty at Chicago State University, and other Chicago news | Bleader

Rauner laments ongoing budget impasse, students anxious about uncertainty at Chicago State University, and other Chicago news

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Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Tuesday, January 26, 2016.

  • Weather—Relatively warm with afternoon rain

Expect a bit of snow, some wind, and lots of clouds. Weather will be warmer than average, with a high of 33 and a low of 23. [AccuWeather]

  • Rauner: "It's inexcusable" for Illinois to still have no budget

Governor Bruce Rauner is furious that some social service programs have to cut back because state leaders can't reach a budget deal. He said there's "no good excuse" for the cuts, but it's still a blame game, with Democrats claiming that Rauner's the one holding up an agreement. The budget impasse started on July 1. [Tribune]

  • Explore Chicago data with OpenGrid

The city has launched OpenGrid, an easy-to-use tool for searching through mountains of public data. You can find everything from filming locations in your neighborhood to street closures to potholes to salaries of city employees. OpenGrid is replacing the city's more complicated Data Portal. [Wired]

  • Alderman: Loyola University student was likely not target of shooting

The 19-year-old Loyola student who was shot in the back while walking near the school's Rogers Park campus on Friday night was probably not the intended target of the drive-by shooting, 49th Ward alderman Joe Moore told NBC Chicago. The student was taken to a hospital in critical condition and underwent surgery. [NBC Chicago]

  • Students worried about possible Chicago State University shutdown

Chicago State University in Roseland has been hit hard by the state's budget crisis. The school is struggling to keep its doors open. Students who have lost much-needed financial aid in the impasse are working hard to stay in school. No one is sure what the 2016-2017 academic year will look like yet. [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • Chris Christie in Chicago Wednesday for fund-raiser

New Jersey governor and GOP presidential candidate Chris Christie is holding a lunchtime fund-raiser at the Chicago Club on Wednesday. It's a quick stop in the city before he heads to Iowa for some last-minute campaigning. [Sun-Times]


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