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]
The Republican health care bill approved by the House would cause about 23-million Americans to lose their insurance by 2026, while cutting the deficit by about 119-billion dollars. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office suggests the measure would negatively affect poor and older Americans the most … while giving large tax cuts to high-income Americans and medical companies. It faces an uncertain future in the Senate … Montana holds a special election today to fill the seat vacated by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. The Republican candidate is charged with assaulting a reporter who was asking about the health bill … Chicago aldermen have approved changes that will prevent city employees from helping airlines to remove passengers from planes, unless it’s an emergency. It’s another consequence of that passenger-dragging incident on a United flight at O’Hare last month … Teachers at the North Side Passages Charter School have reached a tentative agreement that will keep those teachers off the picket lines … President Trump meets European and NATO leaders … who are expected to pledge more muscle in the fight against the Islamic State and to look for reassurance on the Trump administration’s commitment to the alliance. The Cubs beat the Giants … the White Sox got swept in Arizona … and the Sky lost to the Mystics … Cloudy today with high temperatures in the mid-60s … cooler by the lake.
President Trump has landed in Israel, where he’ll meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu and Palestinian president Abbas. While in Saudi Arabia, Trump called on Muslim nations to drive out Islamic extremism … Trump’s first budget includes cuts to Medicaid and other programs that help the poor, including food stamps. The Washington Post reports it will be sent to Congress tomorrow … Skokie police say a Chicago man found shot to death in an Old Orchard parking garage was not a random victim. No arrests have been made in Saturday’s murder of Eric Cybak … Ford Motor Company is parting ways with CEO Mark Fields … The Greatest Show On Earth has folded up its tents for the final time. The Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus held its last performance last night in New York. The Cubs beat the Brewers at home, and the White Sox swept the Mariners in Seattle … Sunny with a slight chance of rain this afternoon and high temperatures in the low-70s.
Chris Cornell, who fronted Soundgarden and Audioslave, has died unexpectedly at the age of 52. UPDATE: Detroit police tell the AP they’re investigating this as a possible suicide; Cornell played a show with Soundgarden last night and was found dead early this morning in his hotel room. … UPDATE: Roger Ailes has died. He founded Fox News, which Ailes chaired until last year when a number of women who worked for him reported that Ailes had sexually harassed them. He was the media consultant to Republican presidents Nixon, Reagan and George H-W Bush, as well as Donald Trump. Ailes was 77 … A LOT is happening in Washington: Former FBI Director Robert Mueller has been named special prosecutor to oversee the investigation into Russia’s interference in the US election, along with whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Kremlin. Reuters reports former NSA Michael Flynn and other Trump advisers had at least 18 undisclosed contacts with Kremlin-linked persons in the last seven months of the campaign. UPDATE: President Trump is tweeting complaints this morning: about how he’s the victim of a political witch hunt, and why didn’t special counsels investigate Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration … There were protests in Tulsa, Oklahoma after a jury found a white police officer not guilty in the shooting death of an unarmed black man … An investigation is underway, after an off-duty Cook County deputy shot and killed a 17-year-old robbery suspect yesterday on the South Side … German and Israeli researchers say the active ingredient in marijuana *improves* memory performance and mental functioning … which comes as a huge surprise to anyone who’s hung out with potheads. The Cubs beat the Reds at home. The White Sox lost in Anaheim … Partly cloudy and breezy today, with high temperatures in the upper-70s.
Congressmembers say they want to hear directly from fired FBI Director James Comey … after the New York Times reported that Comey documented President Trump asking him to drop the FBI’s investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. The White House was already reeling from the news that Trump had shared classified secrets with the Russians … and denies the Comey memo.
UPDATE: Russian President Putin says he can prove that President Trump did not pass on classified intelligence to Putin’s foreign minister – by giving Congress a transcript of their Oval Office meeting. It has been widely reported that Trump disclosed an ally’s secrets about the Islamic State to Russian officials last week.
A Wisconsin man is accused of shooting an Amtrak conductor yesterday in Naperville. Passengers held the suspect down until police arrived … A Chicago man has turned himself in, after being photographed as he punched a security guard at a River North condo building. He’s charged with several counts of aggravated battery … Two people have died in tornadoes that hit Wisconsin and Oklahoma … The Cubs unleashed their bats and beat the Reds at Wrigley. The White Sox lost in extra innings in Anaheim. It’ll be windy and warm today, with a chance of showers and thunderstorms later and high temperatures in the mid-80s.
President Trump boasted to Russian diplomats about an ally’s highly classified information on an Islamic State plot. President Trump confirmed this morning on Twitter that he had the “absolute right” to share information with Russia. Last night, the White House issued carefully worded denials to the Washington Post story. The Post reports White House officials took steps to contain the damage by calling the CIA and the National Security Agency. A senior German lawmaker tells the AP that if the US president is passing information “on to other governments at will, then Trump becomes a security risk for the entire western world.” Trump welcomes Turkish president Erdogan to the White House today … The parent company of the Tribune is trying to buy the parent of the Sun Times. Bosses claim the two papers would operate independently if the deal goes through … Cook County sheriff’s deputies are searching for a Villa Park teenager who jumped into the Des Plaines River and disappeared over the weekend … Intelligence and security experts suspect North Korea was behind the global ransomware virus that’s hit hundreds of thousands of computers … The White Sox lost to the Angels … it’ll be the Celtics and the Cavaliers in the NBA East Conference Finals … Sunny and breezy today. High temperatures in the upper-80s.
All around the world on this Monday morning, people are booting up their computers and hoping to heck they’re not caught up in the ransomware virus that spread to 150 countries on Friday. The New York Times reports students in China today are reporting being locked out of their final papers. ATMs, gas stations and some government offices are being affected … The federal court of appeals in Seattle will hear arguments today on President Trump’s second travel ban … Three people tell the Wall Street Journal that Donald Trump did record phone calls at Trump Tower. A number of congressmembers are saying President Trump should turn over any recordings he might have with former FBI Director James Comey, as Trump claimed on Twitter … Village officials in Dolton have called an emergency meeting, after a mass shooting early yesterday at a nightclub. Illinois State Police are investigating a shooting early yesterday on the Kennedy. A woman was injured … The White Sox beat the Padres, while the Cubs were shut out in Saint Louis … Partly cloudy with a chance of afternoon rain and high temperatures up to the 80s … but it’ll be in the 70s near the lake.
The head of Chicago’s FBI office is reportedly in the running to temporarily head the agency while President Trump looks for James Comey’s replacement. Trump met yesterday with Russia’s foreign minister and ambassador, while reports circulated that Comey requested more personnel and resources for the bureau’s investigation into Russian interference in the election, and whether Trump’s associates colluded with the Kremlin … Mayor Emanuel says they’re looking at everything to find money for keeping Chicago Public Schools open to the end of the academic year … Illinois senators have sent Governor Rauner a bill that would keep abortion legal here if the Supreme Court overturns Roe-v-Wade, and would expand insurance coverage for low income women and state employees. Rauner’s said he’ll veto it … In New Orleans, they’re removing another confederate memorial – a statue of Jefferson Davis … The Cubs lost in Colorado, and the White Sox were rained out on the South Side …
Cloudy today with temperatures in the upper-50s … but in the upper-40s near the lake.
President Trump has abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey, who’s been leading an investigation into whether Trump’s advisers colluded with Russian agents during the 2016 campaign. Lawmakers — including a few Republicans — are calling for a special prosecutor to continue that probe. Many Republicans are going with the White House assertion that it’s time for a fresh start after Comey mishandled the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail server … CNN reports federal prosecutors have issued grand jury subpoenas to associates of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn … who was fired because of his undisclosed contacts with Russian officials. The president today is to meet at the White House with Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov … The word from City Hall is that Chicago Public Schools need nearly 600-million dollars to finish out the academic year … Norfolk Southern railroad has imposed new security measures at a South Side railyard where thieves have stolen 150 guns in recent years. Most of those weapons wound up in the hands of drug dealers and gang bangers. The Cubs split two games in Colorado … the White Sox lost at home … There’s a chance of rain this afternoon, with high temperatures in the upper-60s … cooler by the lake.
Former acting attorney general Sally Yates says she warned the Trump White House in January that National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was compromised and could be blackmailed by the Kremlin. He would not be fired for three more weeks; Yates testified yesterday before a Senate subcommittee. President Trump tweeted afterward that the Russia-Trump collusion story is a hoax. Trump is considering an escalation of the U.S. military campaign against the Taliban in Afghanistan. The “Washington Post” cites officials who say the plan is to expand operations in order to get the Taliban to negotiate. Chicago police are on alert following a mass shooting in the Brighton Park neighborhood. The Sun Times reports police are providing extra security to 15th Ward Alderman Ray Lopez because of his comments about gang activity in the Back of the Yards neighborhood …. Mayor Emanuel’s postponed another briefing for alderman … as City Hall tries to figure out a way to keep Chicago Public Schools open in a budget crisis … The Cubs were rained out in Colorado, so they’ll play a double header today … the White Sox host the Twins tonight … We’ve got early morning rain – and traffic’s already a bit gnarly because if it. Later, we’ll have cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid-50s … cooler by the lake.
Chicago police are investigating more than 30 shootings around the city from the weekend. They include two deaths and eight injuries in the Brighton Park neighborhood, where people were holding a memorial for another person shot yesterday … Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates is to testify today before senators on her warning to the White House about former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, and his connections to Russia … Russian President Putin is asking the new president-elect of France to overcome mutual mistrust and unite. Putin backed the far-right rival to centrist Emmanuel Macron, who beat Marine LePen yesterday and will be inaugurated on Sunday … A federal appeals court in Virginia will hear arguments on Trump’s travel ban. The Cubs lost to the Yankees in an epic 18-inning game at Wrigley Field. The Sox were swept in Baltimore. Partly sunny today, with a high temperature around 60 but cooler near the lake.