Deportations Coming - News With Mary DixonChicago Public Schools officials are telling principals to keep immigration agents outside, unless they have a criminal warrant. They're reacting to President Trump's direction to step up the deportations of undocumented persons, even those who haven't committed serious crimes ... Convicted murderer Drew Peterson is in a federal prison in Indiana. It's not clear why he's been transferred from Illinois state custody ... A federal judge has stopped Texas state officials from defunding Planned Parenthood ... A federal appeals court is upholding Maryland's ban on military-style assault rifles ... NASA is set to release new findings on exo-planets orbiting stars beyond our sun ... while a group of scientists is trying to redefine planets to restore Pluto's status ... The Blackhawks won in Minnesota. The Bears are looking to trade Jay Cutler ... There's a dense fog advisory until nine this morning, and then temperatures are going up to the low-70s.
Trump's New Immigration Order Expected Soon - News With Mary DixonPresident Trump may release a new executive order on immigration and refugees as soon as today. CBS News reports the Department of Homeland Security document preserves the DACA program for undocumented persons brought here as children, and re-imposes restrictions on the same seven Muslim-majority countries as the previous ban blocked by federal judges. This time, green card holders would be exempted ... The Hyde Park Jewish Community Center was among at least ten JCC's getting bogus bomb threats yesterday. Near Saint Louis, police are investigating the vandalism of more than a hundred headstones at a Jewish cemetery ... Parents at New Trier High School voiced their opinions on a planned civil rights seminar - some complain it lacks conservative voices ... Trump's new national security adviser is Army Lt General H.R. McMaster ... The Red Crescent reports scores of African migrants have drowned off the shore of Libya ... The Blackhawks play tonight in Minnesota ... We set heat records for February over the holiday weekend. We're expecting rain early today, and warm temperatures later with highs in the mid-60s.
A Day Without Immigrants - News With Mary DixonSome of your favorite restaurants and shops may be closed or missing staff today because of a national strike by legal and undocumented residents. 'A Day Without Immigrants' is aimed at protesting President Trump's immigration crackdown. Prominent Chicago chef Rick Bayless posted yesterday that four of his Mexican restaurants will be closed after an employee vote, while two others will donate some of today's proceeds to the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. Immigration rights protesters plan a demonstration later this morning in Union Park ... Trump's choice for Labor Secretary is out over domestic abuse allegations and his employment of undocumented housekeeper. Trump says he's open to a two-state or a one-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians. The New York Times reports Trump plans to have a New York billionaire lead a review of American intelligence agencies ... Congress has approved the repeal of a gun rule that prevented sales to people with serious mental illness ... Three men are dead after a shooting in Brighton Park ... 12-year-old Kanari Gentry-Bowers died yesterday after being shot on Saturday night ... The outbound Ryan is open again after a shooting near 63rd Street ... Governor Rauner's budget address drew laughter from Democrats who say the governor's plans are light on details ... The Bulls host the Celtics tonight. Northwestern's men lost to Maryland ... It'll be cloudy today with high temperatures in the low-40s.
NYT: Trump Campaign Aides Talked With Russian Spies - News With Mary DixonThe New York Times reports at least three members of the Trump campaign were in repeated contact with Russian intelligence officials before the election. President Trump is complaining on Twitter this morning that the quote, 'fake news media is going crazy with their conspiracy theories and blind hatred.' He was watching CNN and MSNBC, which are reporting on the Times story quoting four current and former American officials say there's no evidence so far of collusion with the Russians to influence voting ... UPDATE: Southbound Lake Shore Drive is reopened, after a fatal shooting at Fullerton ... Three children have been shot in Chicago in three days. Police are looking for the killer of a 2-year-old boy and a man yesterday, while an 11-year-old girl shot over the weekend died. UPDATE: Chicago police have charged a 19-year-old man with Takiya Holmes's murder. A 12-year-old girl remains in critical condition ... Governor Rauner plans his budget address as Illinois closes in on two years without a full budget. Chicago Public Schools are suing Rauner over the state's funding of education ... Humana is pulling out of Obamacare for 2018 ... People are returning home after crews patched up the Oroville Dam in northern California ... The Bulls beat the Raptors at the UC ... It'll be partly sunny with temperatures in the mid-30s.
Trump's NSA Resigns - News With Mary DixonPresident Trump's National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has resigned, following reports he'd discussed lifting sanctions on Russia with Moscow's ambassador before the inauguration. The Washington Post reports ousted acting Attorney General Sally Yates had warned the White House that Flynn was not being forthcoming and potentially vulnerable to Russian blackmail ... Northwestern and the University of Chicago are joining the list of organizations opposed to the Trump administration's travel ban ... Senators have confirmed former Goldman Sachs and film executive Steve Mnuchin as Treasury Secretary ... Police in Gary are looking for a 15-year-old girl who went missing yesterday after her mother was attacked ... Chicago police are asking for the community's help. They're still looking for two shooters whose stray bullets critically injured two young girls over the weekend ... Spring training begins for the Cubs and White Sox in Arizona - Cubs pitchers and catchers report today! Tonight, the Bulls host the Raptors ... Sunny and mid-40s today.
Pre-Teens Among Chicago Shooting Victims - News With Mary DixonTwo young girls are hospitalized after being hit by stray bullets in separate shootings in the South Side Parkway Gardens and Englewood neighborhoods. They are 11- and 12-years-old. Chicago police are investigating 2 dozen shootings from the weekend ... The Oroville Dam in northern California is fixing to burst, and they've evacuated nearly 200-thousand people from eight cities ... The UN Security Council plans to hold an emergency meeting today on North Korea's ballistic missile test ... President Trump's policy adviser won't say whether Trump still has confidence in National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Flynn is admitting that sanctions may have come up when he talked to the Russian ambassador while the Obama administration was imposing penalties on the Kremlin ... Adele, Chicago's Chance the Rapper, and the late David Bowie were among the biggest winners during last night's Grammy Awards ... The Bulls lost in Minnesota ... Northwestern's men beat number 5 Wisconsin ... and spring training begins this week for the Cubs and White Sox ... Sunny today, with temperatures in the mid-40s.
Trump Travel Ban On Hold - News With Mary DixonPresident Trump is reacting testily to a federal appeals court's refusal to restore his travel ban on people entering the US from seven majority Muslim countries. The case appears headed for the Supreme Court ... Trump spoke last night to China's President Xi, and affirmed the US will honor the One China policy on Taiwan ... The Washington Post reports National Security Adviser Michael Flynn did discuss sanctions with Russia's ambassador before the inauguration ... Chicago's Independent Review Authority is recommending a police officer be fired for shooting and killing a man during a traffic stop and then lying about it ... Mayor Emanuel is touting plans for high-speed rail service to O'Hare ... At least nine people are homeless after a three-alarm fire in an Oak Park apartment building ... The Blackhawks play tonight in Winnipeg. The Bulls are in Phoenix ... It'll be partly sunny and windy today, with high temperatures in the low-40s.
Work Begins Again On Dakota Access Pipeline - News With Mary DixonThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is clearing the way for the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline. It has granted an easement to run the pipeline under Lake Oahe. They expect to finish the North Dakota -to-Illinois line some time this spring. The pipeline sparked nationwide protests over claims it will endanger water and cultural sites of Native Americans. Opponents vow to continue their fight ... An Amtrak police officer has shot and critically injured a person after a robbery last night near Union Station ... President Trump blames undocumented immigrants for Chicago's violence. This was offered without evidence ... Senators have narrowly confirmed Trump's attorney general, Jeff Sessions ... up next: congressman Tom Price, who would oversee the dismantling of Obamacare ... Businessman Chris Kennedy is the latest Democrat to announce a run for Illinois governor ... A Chicago man is charged with a hate crime for vandalizing the Chicago Loop Synagogue ... School is cancelled in New York, Philadelphia and Boston as a big snow storm bears down on the East Coast ... Stock in Nordstrom has rebounded since President Trump complained on Twitter about the Seattle department store chain dropping daughter Ivanka's fashion line. Store officials say it wasn't selling ... The Blackhawks won in Saint Paul. The Bulls lost in California ... Sunny and cold today, with highs in the low-20s.
GOP Senators Tell Elizabeth Warren To Be Quiet - News With Mary DixonRepublican senators rebuked Democrat Elizabeth Warren last night for trying to read Coretta Scott King's criticism of attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions. Her 1986 letter stated that Sessions would be unfit for the federal bench because as US attorney he launched politically-motivated voting fraud prosecutions and was indifferent to criminal violations of civil rights laws. Senators are to vote on Sessions' confirmation today ... Governor Rauner says he's hoping for big things from Trump's newly confirmed education secretary Betsy DeVos ... President Trump is singling out Chicago's gun violence again. His adviser Kellyanne Conway tells the Sun Times he wants to discuss it with Mayor Emanuel before formally revealing how the president plans to help the city ... A man is under arrest after attacking three students on the playground at a Gold Coast public school ... Illinois senators are talking about lowering the sales tax - but imposing it on food and drugs as they work on a budget ... New Orleans is cleaning up from a series of tornadoes that have caused a lot of damage in the Crescent City ... The Bulls play tonight at Golden State. The Blackhawks are in Minnesota ... There's a chance of light snow all day and high temperatures in the upper-20s.
Trump Travel Ban Appeal, Chicago Temple Attack - News With Mary DixonThe Anti-Defamation League is offering a reward for information on the man who put up swastikas and smashed a window at the Chicago Loop Synagogue over the weekend. A former Catholic school in Jefferson Park was also recently tagged by anti-Semitic and racist graffiti ... The Justice Department has until five o'clock to file an appeal to a federal judge's hold on the Trump administration's travel ban. Minnesota and Washington state, along with big tech companies like Google and Apple argue it unconstitutionally targets Muslim travelers and refugees ... The Kremlin is demanding an apology from Fox News, for Bill O'Reilly calling President Putin a killer. President Trump's response was that there are a lot of killers ... The Cook County Jail reports more than 200 guards called in sick on Super Bowl Sunday ... The Patriots came back to beat the Falcons in the Super Bowl's first ever overtime ... It's going to be kind of warm and rainy today and tomorrow - before it gets wintry again on Wednesday.
Six More Weeks Of Winter? - News With Mary DixonThe word from Gobbler's Knob is that Punxsatawney Phil has seen his shadow - and that means six more weeks of winter ... An Oak Lawn doctor is due to return this morning, after being detained at the Dubai airport because of the Trump travel ban. Doctor Amer al-Homssi was one of the first to sue over the restrictions. Another Chicago resident from Iran has won a similar battle ... The White House is warning Iran about testing ballistic missiles ... while President Trump reportedly has had testy phone calls with the leaders of Mexico and Australia ... Chicago leaders are shrugging off an Ohio pastor's suggestion that Trump sit down with gang leaders to discuss the city's violent crimes ... Officials at UC Berkeley say a small number of anarchists sparked fires and broke windows, as students protested an appearance by a caustic white nationalist writer ... Two families are suing Lake Zurich High School over their sons' allegations of hazing and bullying by football players ... The Bulls won in Oklahoma City ... It'll be sunny and cold today, with high temperatures in the mid-20s.
Chicago Taxes Disposable Bags - News With Mary DixonStarting today, Chicago shoppers will pay 7-cents for plastic and paper bags at many stores, and Metra riders will pay more to board the commuter trains ... President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, goes to Capitol Hill today. Democrats are expressing concerns about the federal judge's record on women's and workers' rights ... Nearly 1,000 State Department employees are protesting and lawsuits are being filed to challenge Trump's immigration and refugee ban ... while Mayor Emanuel hosted six undocumented teenagers at his home for dinner ... At least 17 bomb threats were reported at Jewish centers around the US yesterday, including one in the north suburbs ... The Army Corps of Engineers is being ordered to issue the easement necessary to finish construction of the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation ... The Blackhawks lost in San Jose ... We have a chance of some light snow today and temperatures in the low-30s.