Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Wednesday, April 27, 2016.
Mother Nature has another chilly spring day in store for us Wednesday, with a high of 53 and a low of 45. Bring an umbrella, because rain is possible in the afternoon. [AccuWeather]
Even after Governor Bruce Rauner authorized $600 million in emergency funding for Illinois's public universities, the future of Chicago State University in Roseland is uncertain. The school has to end the semester two weeks early, and its share of the much-needed state funds—$20.1 million—isn't enough to solve the problems caused by the ongoing state budget impasse. [Tribune]
Mayor Rahm Emanuel finally has something to cheer about: Chicago broke its tourism record in 2015. Choose Chicago, which serves as the city's official tourism bureau, said that nearly 51 million American visitors came to Chicago last year. That number is expected to climb to at least 52 million when international visitors are counted. The vast majority of tourists, 39.3 million, were here on vacation. [Tribune]
Some of these millions of tourists might be interested in a new attraction: a political corruption tour of the city. Local journalist Paul Dailing is launching a walking tour in May that shows off sites like the Dirksen Courthouse, where the Rod Blagojevich trial was held. There's been so much corruption in the city's history that it was hard for Dailing choose which scandals to cover and which sites to visit. "This could be a five-hour tour," he told DNAinfo Chicago. [DNAinfo Chicago]
Police officer shot during chase in Little Village
A police officer was shot in Little Village Monday while chasing an armed suspect. The suspect is in custody after being tasered and caught by police. The cop's injuries were not life-threatening. [NBC 5 Chicago]
Seventeenth Ward alderman David Moore, who is African-American, used the "N-word" in a Facebook post last week about the controversial removal of Blaine Elementary School principal and outspoken mayoral critic Troy LaRaviere. "All I hear is, 'Stay in your place n-er.' Not one elected official, who cares about the education of our children, should remain silent about this DICTATORIAL move!" Moore wrote, spelling out the word. During a City Council committee meeting Tuesday, the freshman alderman refused to apologize or explain himself, saying instead that he would hold a press conference or issue a statement later. [Sun-Times]