Chicago Bulls guard Mike Dunleavy averts his eyes during a game against the Miami Heat Thursday. Credit: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Welcome to the Reader‘s morning briefing for Monday, April 11, 2016.

  • Weather: Warmer and sunny

A much-needed warm-up starts with a high of 50 and a low of 34. It will be sunny all day with almost no chance of rain. [AccuWeather]

  • Bulls cap disappointing season by missing the playoffs

There are tons of rumors swirling around the Bulls, including a possible Jimmy Butler trade. The only thing we know now is that under controversial new coach Fred Hoiberg the team failed to make the NBA playoffs for the first time since 2008. Sunday evening wasn’t kind to the team as the Golden State Warriors tied the 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls’ record of 72 victories in a single season. [Tribune] [CBS Sports]

  • Chicago State crisis could foreshadow bleak future for small state universities

Funding for Chicago State University is close to running out thanks to the state’s ongoing budget impasse. “People are losing their minds,” student Barbara Ameyedowo told the New York Times. As many states cut funding for higher education, the crisis could be the first of many across the country for small public universities. [New York Times]

  • Everything you need to know for the Cubs home opener

The Cubs roll back into Chicago Monday with a 5-1 record for their Wrigley Field home opener. DNAinfo has put together a guide with everything you need to know if you’re lucky enough to be attending the game. [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • Le Bouchon chef killed in tragic car accident on the Eisenhower Expressway

Acclaimed chef Jean-Claude Poilevey was killed early Saturday during a chain-reaction crash likely caused by black ice on the Eisenhower Expressway. The native of France ran Le Bouchon in Bucktown and La Sardine in the West Loop and was a prominent figure in Chicago’s French community. [Sun-Times]

  • Family of teen murdered in Wicker Park slams online commenters

Nineteen-year-old Cesar Perez was fatally shot in March, and the online comments following his death were so brutal that his family responded with a vigil Friday. (The comments turned particularly vicious after police referred to Perez as a “known gang member.”) One vigil attendee even printed the comments on a DNAinfo story about the shooting and glued them to a sign. Perez’s family called for civility, and his aunt argued that negative posts can incite more violence. [DNAinfo Chicago]