MLK's iconic speech resonates with the contemporary Chicago condition. Credit: AP PHOTO/FILE

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day and welcome to the Reader’s morning briefing for January 18, 2016. Remember the following are closed for the holiday: Chicago Public Library locations, Chicago Public Schools locations, most suburban schools, banks, government offices, post offices, and courts (except Cook County central bond court). Stay warm! 

  • Weather 

The extreme cold continues this morning (the coldest yet this season) with wind chills making it feel like -20 degrees. It will warm up slightly this afternoon with wind chills around -12. [AccuWeather

  • Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1963 “I Have A Dream” speech speaks directly to modern Chicagoans 

The Tribune‘s Dahleen Glanton makes a compelling case that the iconic speech addresses Chicago’s current issues like “police brutality, lack of opportunity, and diminished hope,” which threaten the next generation. [Tribune]

  • Rahm asks for Chicago’s forgiveness during apology tour 

Since the release of the Laquan McDonald shooting video in November, the public relations machine at City Hall made sure that Rahm stepped up “his presence in black Chicago,” without alerting the press to his visits. He’s been spotted at more black churches and his flacks have made a concerted effort to post to social media photos of the mayor’s trips to soul food restaurants. [Sun-Times]

  • Good news for Chicago Public Schools teachers fearing pink slips 

Chicago Public Schools chief Forrest Claypool warned of layoffs coming down February 8, which would mean pink slips would have to go out today. But “sources tell the Sun-Times layoff notices won’t be going out Monday to members of the union, though pink slips could hit central office workers as soon as this week.” [Sun-Times]

  • Five people robbed at gunpoint in Congress Plaza Hotel room 

Two robbers followed a man back to his hotel room on Saturday morning, forced their way in, and stole phones, wallets, purses and cash. Police are still searching for the suspects. [DNAinfo]

Joakim Noah’s latest injury may mean the end of his time with the Bulls.Credit: AP PHOTO/MATT SLOCUM

  • Joakim Noah’s shoulder injury makes his future with the Bulls questionable

Noah’s frequently been described as the heart of the Bulls, but his future with the team is uncertain. He will be out for four to six months due to a dislocated left shoulder, which he’ll undergo surgery to correct. His nine-year career in Chicago might be over, as he becomes a free agent at the end of the season. [Sports Illustrated]

  • Jimmy Butler and Mark Wahlberg are BFFs 

Why is the Bulls star so close with Marky Mark? Well, their values, work ethic, and outlook on life are similar. Wahlberg also likes when Butler attends his kids’ sporting events because the athlete takes the spotlight off the actor. [Tribune]