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Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Tuesday, February 9, 2016.
It won't be a pleasant Tuesday, with a high of 26 and a low of 12. It's very likely there will be snow on and off during the day and evening that could stick to the ground. [AccuWeather]
Members of the Chicago State University community gathered in the Loop Monday to protest Illinois's seemingly never-ending budget standoff. The south-side school has been hit hard by the impasse; if state funding doesn't come back soon, the university could close before the end of the semester. [Tribune]
Alderman on the City Council's finance committee rejected Mayor Rahm Emanuel's unpopular proposal to raise the smoking age to 21 and increase taxes on tobacco. Several aldermen argued that raising taxes on cigarettes would drive residents to buy loose cigarettes on the street or send them over the border to Indiana for cheaper prices. [Sun-Times]
Activist Matthew M. Williams was killed Friday night after someone fired a shot through the window of a Park Manor apartment where he had been playing Xbox with friends. According to friends on Twitter, Williams was among the protesters who demonstrated outside Mayor Emanuel's house in December. (The Reader is looking into this story and will have updates as soon as they are available.) [Tribune] [Twitter]
Wheaton College and associate professor Larycia Hawkins have reached a confidential agreement to "part ways." The controversy started when Hawkins expressed her solidarity with Muslims and agreed with Pope Francis that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. The evangelical Christian university placed her on administrative leave within a few days. [New York Times]
Before former Chicago Bears safety Dave Duerson killed himself in 2011, he asked his family to donate his brain to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) research. Duerson's family is now calling out NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for comparing the risks of playing football to the risks of sitting on the couch. A growing number of former pro football players have been posthumously diagnosed with CTE, which is caused by repeated concussions. [NBC Chicago]