Another Link To Russia - News With Mary DixonThe Associated Press reports President Trump's former campaign chair secretly worked for a Russian billionaire to advance the interests of Vladimir Putin and undermine anti-Russia opposition in the former Soviet republics. This would contradict Paul Manafort's and the administration's assertions UPDATE: Manafort confirms the story, but complains it unfairly casts the work as inappropriate ... President Trump is warning Republicans about the political consequences of voting against the GOP health care bill ... Chicago police are searching for a group of people seen raping a 15-year-old on Facebook Live ... A man is held without bond on charges of posing as an Uber driver and kidnapping and raping two women in Skokie ... NASA and SpaceX are looking for a place on Mars to land a spaceship ... The provocateur who created The Gong Show has died. Chuck Barris was 87 ... The architect of the Bulls' six-championship dynasty, Jerry Krause has died ... the Bulls and the Blackhawks lost in overtime last night ... It'll be windy and cold today with high temperatures in the upper-30s.
FBI Confirms Russia/Trump Campaign Probe - News With Mary DixonThe FBI is investigating whether members of the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian agents to influence the 2016 election. FBI Director James Comey made this extraordinary announcement during a House Intelligence Committee hearing in which Comey also debunked Trump's unsubstantiated assertion that President Obama ordered wiretaps at Trump Tower. The White House and the Kremlin dismissed Comey's testimony ... President Trump heads to Capitol Hill to lobby Republican support for the Republican House leaders' health care bill ... Senators continue confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch ... The U.S. is restricting some electronics from being carried on U.S.-bound flights on foreign carriers from a number of countries in the Middle East and Africa ... The Tribune reports the Chicago Board of Ethics is reviewing e-mails from Mayor Emanuel's personal accounts and whether they expose lobbying activity ... Drivers in Chicago will get a fraction of a second more to beat red light camera tickets ... In the NIT -- The U of I advances while ISU is finished. The Bulls and Blackhawks play tonight ... Partly sunny and high temperatures near 50 today.
Russia Hearing Begins - News With Mary DixonFBI Director Comey is set to testify before the House Intelligence Committee today on the Kremlin's interference in the US election. It's expected congressmembers will ask whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians, and whether President Trump's unsubstantiated assertion that President Obama ordered wiretapping at Trump Tower is valid ... Senate confirmation hearings begin today on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch ... Chicago police are warning North Siders in the Ravenswood, Uptown and Sheridan Park neighborhoods about a recent round of armed robberies ... A Chicago man is being held without bail on charges that he kidnapped and assaulted a Wrigleyville woman earlier this month ... Bears legend Gale Sayers has dementia. His wife tells the Kansas City Star that Sayers was diagnosed four years ago, and his family believes football contributed to his condition ... The Blackhawks beat the Avs ... Michigan and South Carolina stage N-C-Double-A upsets ... DePaul is out of the women's N-C-Double-A dance ... Kinda rainy today, with temperatures in the mid-50s ... cooler near the lake.
White House To UK: "Sorry" - News With Mary DixonThe White House has apologized to British leaders and promised not to repeat a claim that UK spies surveilled Donald Trump. Spokesman Sean Spicer repeated the Fox News story yesterday while answering reporters' questions about President Trump's still-unsubstantiated allegation that President Obama ordered wiretaps on Trump Tower. Senate and House Intelligence Committee leaders say it didn't happen; British intel officials took the unusual step of calling it nonsense ... Chicago police say a three-year-old boy was critically injured by a gunshot as he and other children played cops-and-robbers in a South Side home ... Saint Charles police are investigating the deaths of two 18-year-olds found in a car ... Republican and Democratic congressmembers are pushing back against the GOP health care bill and the president's budget proposals for cutting domestic programs ... Secretary of State Tillerson is warning North Korea against further missile tests, and says pre-emptive military strikes are an option ... Northwestern won their first-ever NCAA game and will play Gonzaga tomorrow. Notre Dame won, too. And the Blackhawks won in Ottawa ... It'll be a bit rainy and in the mid-40s on this Saint Patrick's Day.
Trump Travel Ban Blocked Again - News With Mary DixonPresident Trump told a rally in Nashville that he would appeal the ruling of a federal judge in Hawaii (and another this morning in Maryland). The decisions block President Trump's second attempt at a travel ban from six majority-Muslim countries. The Hawaii judge cited statements by Trump and his adviser Stephen Miller as examples of what he called the religious animus making the order unconstitutional ... The Trump budget proposal goes to Congress today, and includes big cuts to the EPA, poverty programs, medical research, the arts and the State Department with big spending increases for the Pentagon ... Chicago police superintendent Johnson and other police chiefs will meet today with Attorney General Sessions ... Mayor Emanuel will help break ground on a new factory that will build CTA rail cars in the Hegewisch neighborhood ... The Bulls lost to the Grizzlies ... ISU won their first round in the NIT... and Northwestern begins a historic dance this afternoon as the NCAA men's tournament begins in earnest ... Sunny and upper-30s today ... some rain, sleet and snow overnight.
Senate Hearings On Russian Interference Begin Today - News With Mary DixonUPDATE: Senator Lindsey Graham says FBI Director Comey did not promise to reveal today whether the bureau is investigating the Trump team's connections to Russia. Graham's Judiciary subcommittee will open hearings today on the Kremlin's interference in the election ... The White House is releasing some details of President Trump's 2005 tax returns - as they were being released last night on MSNBC. They show Trump paid $38-million in taxes on more than $150-million in income after writing down $100-million in business losses ... The Federal Reserve today is expected to raise interest rates for the first time this year ... Billionaire J-B Pritzker is exploring a run for Illinois governor. Fellow Democrats Chris Kennedy and alderman Ameya Pawar are already in the race ... Yesterday's big snowstorm hit New England pretty hard. The snow's moved past Chicago ... and a mother and baby are doing fine after she went into labor and delivery in a stuck car yesterday on South Lake Shore Drive ... The Blackhawks won in Montreal ... The Illini got a first-round win in the NIT; ISU plays tonight ... It'll be sunny with temperatures in the upper-20s today.
GOP Health Plan Boosts Uninsured By Millions - News With Mary DixonThe non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that 14-million fewer Americans would have health insurance next year under the Republican House leadership's health care plan. 24-million would go without within ten years. The CBO projects premiums would go down for younger people, and go up for those in their 50s and 60s. The federal deficit would be cut by billions. President Trump held a meeting on health care yesterday at the White House ... Illinois State Police cleared two accidents involving 35 cars on the inbound Kennedy last night. Seven people were injured ... Chicago's US Attorney Zachary Fardon has tendered his resignation following Attorney General Sessions' request to all 46 prosecutors appointed by President Obama ... The wife of South Side congressman Bobby Rush has died; Carolyn Rush was 67. Chicago writer and raconteur Amy Krouse Rosenthal has died of ovarian cancer at the age of 51 ... The Bulls broke their losing streak in Charlotte ... Thousands of flights are cancelled around the country because of the big winter storm bearing down on the East Coast ... We're expecting more snow today, with a Lake Effect Snow warning in effect until 4 o'clock and temperatures in the upper-20s ...
IT'S SNOWING!!! - News With Mary DixonWe're getting our first real snow of the year. The National Weather Service has called a Winter Weather Advisory til 1 o'clock, and a Lake Effect Snow watch tonight ... Saint Charles police are investigating the deaths of a man who reportedly killed his teenaged daughters and injured his wife first ... Republicans are bracing for a Congressional Budget Office analysis that will most likely show that fewer Americans will have health insurance under the GOP healthcare proposal ... Senator John McCain (R-AZ) is telling the Trump administration to produce proof that the Obama White House ordered wiretaps at Trump Tower, or retract the explosive allegation ... Northwestern is going to the dance: the men's basketball team has won its first NCAA tournament berth in Wildcats history. The Bulls lost in Boston ... the Blackhawks beat the Wild ... The snow's coming down and we'll have temperatures in the low-30s.
GOP Healthcare Bill Advances - News With Mary DixonThe House Ways and Means Committee voted early this morning to forward their leaders' health care proposal, which dismantles Obamacare's individual mandate that Americans buy health insurance. The bill faces opposition from Democrats, some conservative and moderate Republicans, and a number of health care groups ... The Washington Post reports President Trump's budget proposal would cut 6-billion dollars from the Department of Housing and Urban Development ... The Chicago Teachers Union may go on strike for one day if CPS ends classes early because of their budget crisis ... The Bulls lost in Orlando ... Illinois and Northwestern begin the Big Ten tournament ... High winds broke glass, messed up 9-1-1 service and disrupted power from the Midwest to New York State yesterday ... Climate scientists say February was the second warmest on record, and man-made climate change tripled the chances it would happen ... We have a chance of light rain or light snow today and high temperatures in the low-40s.
A Day Without A Woman - News With Mary DixonWomen are being encouraged to skip work - paid and unpaid - save their money for small businesses owned by women, wear red, attend rallies, or at least let dudes change the toilet paper roll for once. The followup to January's Women's March is meant to highlight issues like discrimination and economic inequality ... The state of Hawaii is challenging President Trump's travel ban in court ... Both small government conservative and more moderate Republicans are challenging their party's health care bill, which moves to committee hearings today ... The FBI is getting ready to go after the source of leaks from the CIA to WikiLeaks. The website has posted what it says is an arsenal of hacking tools the CIA has used to spy on espionage targets ... The Chicago Jewish Day School on the North Side was one of a dozen Jewish targets of fake bomb threats yesterday ... The Big Ten men's college basketball tournament begins today. The Bulls are in Orlando tonight ... It's going to be very windy today, with temperatures in the low-50s.
GOP Rolls Out Health Plan - News With Mary DixonThe Republican proposal for dismantling the Affordable Care Act scales back insurance subsidies, loosens the rules on health plans for individuals, and limits future federal funding for Medicaid and Planned Parenthood. It repeals the corresponding tax increases on the wealthy, health insurers, and drug companies. Some Senate Republicans are concerned it will leave millions of Americans without health coverage. The proposal goes to House hearings tomorrow ... President Trump's revised travel ban would restrict visas to travelers from six Muslim-majority countries and suspend the country's refugee program ... Our new Housing Secretary, Ben Carson, is clarifying yesterday's remarks about African slaves being immigrants. Carson now says he's aware they're two entirely different experiences ... Suburban congressman Peter Roskam (R-IL6) was defending his avoidance of town hall meetings at the City Club of Chicago ... Chance the Rapper has donated $1-million to arts and enrichment programs in the Chicago Public Schools, a few days after what he said were unsuccessful talks with Governor Rauner on the subject ... The Bulls lost in Detroit ... It was a dark and stormy night, with tornadoes causing damage in Kansas City, Missouri and tornado warnings through central Illinois ... It'll be sunny and breezy today with high temperatures in the mid-50s.
FBI Chief Pushes Back At Trump - News With Mary DixonThe heads of the House and Senate intelligence committees say they'll look into President Trump's unsubstantiated claim that President Obama tapped his phones during the election. FBI Director Comey has reportedly asked the Justice Department to publicly rebuke this unprecedented allegation ... Trump may issue a new travel ban as soon as today. It would affect most of the same Muslim-majority countries with some changes from the order blocked by several federal judges ... Chicago made it almost a week without a homicide. Police are investigating one man's death and more than 20 other shootings from the weekend ... Great Lakes regional mayors are sounding the alarm on the Trump administration's proposed cuts to funding for restoring and cleaning up the lakes ... Northwestern and the U of I men's basketball teams lost their final games of the regular season ... ISU lost to Wichita State for the MVC Championship .... It'll be cloudy, windy and unseasonably warm today, with temperatures in the low-60s.