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click to enlarge Aaron Schock speaks to the media in February 2015. - AP/JOURNAL STAR, FRED ZWICKY

  • AP/Journal Star, Fred Zwicky
  • Aaron Schock speaks to the media in February 2015.

Welcome to the Reader’s morning briefing for Wednesday, February 3, 2016.

  • Weather: Be ready for a bit of snow

There’s a really good chance of a snow shower around lunchtime. Don’t expect to see the sun, because it will be cloudy and windy. The high will be 40, with a low of 23. [AccuWeather]

  • Illinois Comptroller: State will be $6.2 billion more in debt without budget

The state budget stalemate is in its eighth month and comptroller Leslie Munger is warning that if leaders can’t reach a budget deal soon, Illinois will add another $6.2 billion to its rapidly expanding debt. [Associated Press via CBS Chicago]

  • Good news: meteorologist forecasts beautiful, warm spring

After a grim and cold spring in 2015, AccuWeather meteorologist Paul Pastelok is predicting above-average temperatures and less rain in the months ahead. Once we get past early March, it should warm up, and we could even hit the 80s in May. [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • $100 million in cuts at Chicago Public Schools

The day after the Chicago Teachers Union rejected the city’s contract offer, CPS announced it must make $100 million in budget cuts. But the cuts could be rolled back if the two sides reach an agreement. CTU President Karen Lewis called CPS’s move “the latest act of war.” [Sun-Times]

  • Aaron Schock, gay porn star?

Not exactly, but the former Republican congressman from Peoria has gotten a $1 million offer from TitanMen to star in some gay porn. An official from the adult entertainment business told the Huffington Post that most of their subscribers want to see the disgraced politician “atone” for his antigay stances, and the response has been “overwhelming.” [Huffington Post]

  • Many restaurants extending Restaurant Week deals

Chicago Restaurant Week officially only runs through February 4, but select restaurants have chosen to extend the lunch and dinner deals. Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse, MK, Mia Francesca, and Naha are just a few of the dozens of businesses that will continue their special prices for a few days or weeks. [Tribune]

Article source: http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2016/02/03/state-official-warns-about-racking-up-billions-more-in-debt-without-budget-aaron-schock-gets-seven-figure-gay-porn-offer-and-other-chicago-n