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]
This Sunday is your last day to register to vote in Illinois with an online application. Early voting expands around Illinois on Monday … Donald Trump is telling supporters he’ll accept a ‘clear election result’ but reserves his right to file a legal challenge if he loses to Hillary Clinton on November 8th … Chicago firefighters have been putting out a five-alarm fire at a tire shop in the Little Village neighborhood near 26th and Western … British American Tobacco is offering to buy Reynolds American in a deal that would create the world’s biggest publicly traded tobacco company … The NFL is re-opening its investigation into domestic violence allegations against New York Giants placekicker Josh Brown … the Cubs are bringing the NLCS home to Chicago with a 3-2 lead after beating the Dodgers, 8-to-4 … so the Magic Number is 5. But it’s really 1. But it’s really 5. Also, the Bears lost in Green Bay. Scattered rain early today, and then clear skies and temperatures in the low-50s.
A few jaw droppers if you were flipping between baseball and the debate last night: Donald Trump saying he’ll keep us in suspense on whether he’ll accept the results of next month’s election … a prospect Hillary Clinton calls horrifying and Republican Senator Jeff Flake says is ‘beyond the pale.’ … The Republican National Committee spokesman says the party will accept the results of the general election even if their nominee won’t … The Cubs won. Their bats came alive — Russell and Rizzo homered — and they tied up the NLCS by beating the Dodgers 10 to 2 … The CTU’s House of Delegates has approved a new four-year contract, which goes to the rank-and-file next week … The legendary co-founder of Chicago’s Chess Records has died. Phil Chess and his brother Leonard were the first to record Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Etta James and more at 2120 South Michigan Avenue … An LA jury has found former Bulls star Derrick Rose not liable of gang raping a former girlfriend … The long wait is over for Cleveland … they’re going to the World Series for the first time in 19 years … The Bears play in Green Bay tonight … Cloudy and cooler today, with temperatures in the upper-50s and a slight chance of rain south of the city.
Tonight: the battle royale. The crafty veteran versus the rookie upstart. Both claiming the throne, both with dangerous flaws to be exploited. Cubs-Dodgers NLCS Game 4? Or the third and final presidential debate? You bet it is … Classes are on at Chicago’s UNO charter schools, with an eleventh-hour agreement on a new teachers contract … Chicago Teachers Union delegates meet tonight to vote on the contract deal that prevented thair strike … State police are investigating a shooting on the Bishop Ford … while the Sun Times reports the city’s recorded 600 murders for the year to date … The Tribune reports hundreds of Chicago Park District water fountains have been shut down after testing positive for high levels of lead … The Cubs were shut out by the Dodgers and trail 2-games-to-1 in the NLCS … The Blackhawks won and Marian Hossa scored his 500th career goal … It’ll be sunny and in the 60s today.
UPDATE: The Rock Hall of Fame has announced the nominees for the Class of 2017. The first-timers include Pearl Jam, Jane’s Addiction, Depeche Mode, Bad Brains, Tupac Shakur, Joan Baez, Steppenwolf, ELO and … Journey. Pearl Jam and Tupac are nominated in their first year of eligibility. The finalists will be announced in December … The FBI has arrested more than 200 suspected pimps and rescued more than 80 children involved in a global sex trafficking ring … Chicago police are looking for whoever killed a 15-year-old boy last month by lighting him on fire and leaving him in a Dumpster … Governor Rauner’s launching another attempt to cut red tape in Illinois government … The experts and allies including Senator Marco Rubio disagree … but Donald Trump is doubling down on his insistence that the election is rigged against him. His wife, Melania, tells CNN that her husband’s boy talk captured in that Access Hollywood video was ‘egged on’ by Billy Bush … who’s now lost his job at NBC …. Yoko Ono has unveiled an artwork in Chicago’s Jackson Park … near the site of the eventual Obama presidential library … The Cubs face the Dodgers tonight for Game 3 of the NLCS … Cleveland is one win away from the World Series … Partly cloudy and temperatures in the low-70s today.
Republican leaders including vice presidential nominee Mike Pence are pushing back against presidential nominee Donald Trump’s contention that the election is being rigged against him … This morning, Trump is tweeting again — that there IS large-scale voter fraud happening and calling GOP leaders naive for denying it. He offers no evidence to back this up … The battle to reclaim Iraq’s second largest city from the Islamic State has begun … Wikileaks reports founder Julian Assange’s internet access has been cut by an unidentified state actor … Chicago police report officers shot and injured a robbery suspect on the West Side … and are investigating nearly 50 shootings over the weekend … Chicago aldermen begin hearings today on Mayor Emanuel’s budget proposal … The Cubs lost Game 2 to the Dodgers, so they head to LA tied at one game each … the Bears blew a lead and lost to the Jaguars … It’s July in October today — partly sunny, windy and warm with temperatures in the mid-80s.
Donald Trump is denying the allegations that he sexually assaulted several women who’ve spoken out this week. He blames them on a conspiracy between the Clintons and the media … this, and Trump’s allegation that a global power structure is rigging the economy against working people is prompting warnings of anti-Semitism from the Anti-Defamation League … Police in Waukegan are investigating after a three-year-old boy apparently shot and killed himself with his father’s pistol … Teachers who work for the UNO Charter schools are threatening to strike next week … Syrian activists report intense airstrikes on rebel-held neighborhoods in Aleppo … Hurricane Matthew is gone … but has caused at least 38 deaths in the southeastern US, and flooding parts of North Carolina … The Cubs will face the Dodgers in the National League Championship Series. LA beat the Nationals to take the NLDS in five games … There’s a frost advisory this morning … then we’re expecting sunny skies and highs in the upper-60s.
UPDATE: Bob Dylan has won the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature. He’s the first songwriter to be honored. Sara Danius of the Swedish Academy says Dylan is a great poet in the English tradition, and that his work is comparable to Homer and Sappho … Five women have come forward in the last 24 hours to say that Donald Trump groped and kissed them without their consent. His campaign denies it and is demanding a retraction on the story of two of these women in the New York Times … Cook County Board President Preckwinkle wants to hike taxes on pop and other sugary drinks to help balance the county’s budget … The chairman and CEO of Wells Fargo is resigning after the bank’s phony account scandal came to light … Floodwaters are rising in North Carolina … while Bermuda braces for another hurricane … Nigeria’s president confirms 21 of more than 200 Chibok schoolgirls have been freed from their jihadi kidnappers … The Blackhawks lost their home opener to the Blues … we’ll find out tonight who the Cubs face in the NLCS … It’ll be sunny today with temperatures in the mid-50s.
Chicago Public Schools are open, after the CTU made a tentative contract agreement … Teachers would have to ratify it, but it means NO strike in Chicago … The Cubs lost to the Giants in the 13th inning of the NLDS Game 3 … which means Jewish baseball fans will be checking in with their ushers about Game 4 during Yom Kippur services tonight … Mayor Emanuel is set to outline a new budget that includes a 7 cent-per-bag tax on paper and plastic bags used by big stores … House Speaker Paul Ryan is telling his Republican members to do what they gotta do to hold on to a GOP majority, even if it means dumping their presidential nominee. Donald Trump is telling supporters to make sure next month’s election is not stolen …. Heavy flooding is reported in parts of North Carolina, thanks to Hurricane Matthew … It’ll be partly sunny with light scattered rain this morning … and a high in the low-70s.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump says he’d jail Democrat Hillary Clinton if he wins the White House. Their second debate in Saint Louis included discussion of taxes, Syria, immigration and an eleven-year-old video that showed Trump talking about kissing and grabbing women by their crotches, except he didn’t say crotches. Trump called it locker room talk. House Speaker Paul Ryan plans a conference call this morning with House Republicans … and Politico reports Ryan is considering pulling his support, as have about three dozen GOP Senators and Congressmembers … Chicago public schools and teachers union negotiators say they’ll meet up to tonight’s midnight deadline for a strike … Chicago’s archbishop Blase Cupich will be elevated to Cardinal next month … Hurricane Matthew has limped out to sea, leaving behind at least 17 deaths in the US and dangerous flooding in the Carolinas … The Nobel Prize in Economics goes to Harvard and M-I-T economists whose contract theory addresses conflicts of interests in management incentives and public-private groups … The Bears lost in Indianapolis … the Cubs play what could be a decisive NLDS Game 3 in San Francisco tonight … It’ll be sunny and in the low-70s today.
The Cubs will play the Giants when the National League Division Series begins tomorrow night at Wrigley … San Francisco beat the Mets 3-0 in the Wild Card game … Chicago aldermen have approved a new police discipline board and are talking about taking down the honorary Trump Plaza signs near Donald Trump’s downtown skyscraper … Negotiators for the Chicago public schools and teachers union plan to meet every day before the CTU’s Tuesday strike deadline … Hurricane Matthew is gathering strength over the Bahamas, and expected to hit the southeastern US later today. UPDATE: Matthew is causing cancellations and delays at O’Hare International … The new UN climate change pact will take effect November fourth, now that the European Union has signed on … An NSA contractor has reportedly admitted he stole highly classified data … A Southwest Airlines flight was evacuated in Louisville after a passenger’s new Samsung Galaxy Note 7 caught fire and filled the cabin with smoke … Showers and thunderstorms are likely today, with temperatures in the upper-70s.