Mary Dixon

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Mary Dixon is a Chicago native who had to take the long way home. Not long after her birth at Loretto Hospital on the West Side, Mary’s parents packed the family up for their ancestral home of Dixon, Illinois. It was there that she quit a career as a very bad waitress to begin spinning records and reading hog reports for WIXN Radio. [Read Mary’s Full Bio]

BARE LEGS ALERT – News With Mary Dixon

It’ll be cloudy, breezy and warm today, with high temperatures in the 70s! In other news: President Trump says he’s done negotiating, and that if the US House can’t vote today to repeal Obamacare it’ll stay on the books. Both moderate and conservative Republicans are balking because the GOP replacement bill does either too little or too much … UPDATE: The Trump administration today has given the go-ahead for the Keystone XL oil pipeline … Police in the UK have arrested two more people in the terror attack on Westminster. A fourth victim has died … Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke faces new charges – 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm – in the deadly shooting of Laquan McDonald … A judge has ruled that Illinois lawmakers should get their paychecks, even though they still haven’t worked out a state budget … The Blackhawks beat Dallas in a home shootout … Michigan is close but no cigar in the sweet 16 while Xavier upsets Arizona … and Cubs mastermind Theo Epstein is named World’s Greatest Leader by Fortune Magazine.

WXRT–03/24/2017

Republican Health Care Vote Today – News With Mary Dixon

The US House is heading for a vote today on the Republican leaders’ health care bill. The question is whether they’ve persuaded enough GOP members to sign on. … UPDATE: Britain’s parliament is back at work after a deadly attack yesterday at their doors. British police suspect the British-born assailant acted alone and was inspired by international terrorism. They’ve arrested eight people in London and Birmingham … The mother of the 15-year-old Chicago girl who was sexually assaulted on Facebook Live says her family has been receiving online threats … The CTU wants Chicago public school officials to say whether they’re ending the academic year early or not …The Supreme Court is overturning a ruling involving high court nominee Neil Gorsuch in a case that affects millions of students with disabilities … Illinois lawmakers are going to debate legalizing the recreational use of marijuana … The Bulls beat the Pistons … U of I is out of the NIT … former Cubs GM Dallas Green has died … There’s a chance of rain this afternoon with temperatures in the mid-40s. It’ll be in the 70s tomorrow!

WXRT–03/23/2017

Another Link To Russia – News With Mary Dixon

The 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.

WXRT–03/22/2017

FBI Confirms Russia/Trump Campaign Probe – News With Mary Dixon

The 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.

WXRT–03/21/2017

Russia Hearing Begins – News With Mary Dixon

FBI 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.

WXRT–03/20/2017

White House To UK: “Sorry” – News With Mary Dixon

The 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.

WXRT–03/17/2017

Trump Travel Ban Blocked Again – News With Mary Dixon

President 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.

WXRT–03/16/2017

Senate Hearings On Russian Interference Begin Today – News With Mary Dixon

UPDATE: 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.

WXRT–03/15/2017

GOP Health Plan Boosts Uninsured By Millions – News With Mary Dixon

The 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 …

WXRT–03/14/2017

IT’S SNOWING!!! – News With Mary Dixon

We’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.

WXRT–03/13/2017

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