Democratic state rep Ken Dunkin, under fire for breaking ranks, and primary challenger Juliana Stratton Credit: Rich Hein/Sun-Times

Welcome to the Reader‘s morning briefing for Thursday, February 25, 2016.

  • Weather: Wednesday was awful, Thursday will be better

Winter returned Wednesday and brought unwelcome snow. Fortunately, there won’t be any more on Thursday, just clouds and wind. Expect a high of 36 and a low of 25. [AccuWeather]

  • Why state representative Ken Dunkin’s primary race is so important

Savvy politicos are closely watching the Democratic primary battle between state rep Ken Dunkin (Fifth District) and challenger Juliana Stratton, which could have a huge impact on the budget battle. Dunkin (who got a shoutout/smackdown from President Obama in Springfield a couple weeks ago) has broken ranks with powerful Democratic house speaker Mike Madigan twice now. That’s pushed Madigan’s union allies to retaliate and back Stratton. [WBEZ]

  • Body of British tourist missing since Saturday found in Metra repair yard

The search for 26-year-old Ademola Owolana ended tragically Tuesday when his body was found in the Kensington Yard maintenance facility on the far south side on top of a retired Metra train. Owolana was visiting family in the Chicago area when he went missing in the West Pullman neighborhood early Saturday morning. [Tribune]

  • Belmont Cragin high school newspaper rescued by alumnus Hugh Hefner

The student newspaper at Steinmetz High School in Belmont Cragin gave Playboy mogul Hugh Hefner a start in media. Now he’s making sure future generations of Steinmetz students have the same opportunity by personally financing the Steinmetz Star‘s print edition for the next five years. [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • Bernie Sanders hits Chicago for Hardball taping, Chicago State rally

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will be back in Chicago Thursday to campaign ahead of Illinois’s March 15 primary. He’ll be joining MSNBC for a taping of Hardball With Chris Matthews at Sanders’s alma mater, the University of Chicago. The candidate will also hold a public rally at Chicago State University. [Sun-Times]

  • The Windy City Bull is a lot angrier than the Chicago Bull

The Chicago Bulls will have a NBA D-League affiliate (it’s similar to a minor-league baseball team), the Windy City Bulls. But some basketball fans are wondering why the team’s bull logo looks so much angrier than its counterpart, Benny the Bull. [SB Nation]