Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Atlanta Sunday Credit: Branden Camp/Getty Images

Welcome to the Reader‘s morning briefing for Tuesday, February 23, 2016.

  • Weather: Cloudy but relatively warm

We won’t see much sun, but it will be a decent day for February, with a high of 43 and a low of 34 and no snow. [AccuWeather]

  • Donald Trump picks a fight with the owners of the Cubs

It’s a billionaire feud for the ages. Notorious instigator of Twitter feuds and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump has called out the Ricketts family on Twitter for opposing his candidacy. Marlene Ricketts, one of the cofounders of TD Ameritrade and a major Republican donor, gave $3 million to anti-Trump PAC Our Principles. Trump claims the family (of course, he misspelled their name in the tweet) has “a lot to hide.” We don’t expect to see him at Wrigley Field anytime soon. [Politico]

  • Chicago’s homicide rate is increasing at a disturbing rate

Between January 1 and February 22, 2016, there have been at least 94 homicides and 420 shootings in Chicago, according to the Tribune. During the same time period in 2015 there were “only” 47 homicides and 193 shootings. [Tribune]

  • Antigun activist Father Pfleger gets the New Yorker profile he deserves

Father Michael Pfleger has spent 40 years working at Saint Sabina, the city’s largest African-American Catholic parish, located in the Auburn-Gresham neighborhood on Chicago’s south side. The New Yorker takes a deep dive into the extraordinary antiviolence work Pfleger has done, and throws in some interesting facts about his relationship with Mayor Rahm Emanuel. No surprise that the famously profane mayor is quoted using the F-bomb in the profile . [The New Yorker] [The Reader‘s quick guide to the profile]

  • Man shot dead in cab near public library in Lincoln Square

On Monday morning police discovered the body of a 59-year-old man who had been shot in the head. The body was in a cab that had been parked behind Sulzer Regional Library. [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • As the NHL playoffs approach, the Blackhawks aren’t a sure bet

Losing to the Minnesota Wild 6-1 in the NHL Winter Classic Sunday was an embarrassing loss for the Chicago Blackhawks. Despite the team’s extremely strong season, losses like that are troubling some observers, who say the team is showing an inconsistency that wasn’t there in past seasons. [Sun-Times