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]
Plot twist at the Oscars: “Moonlight” won Best Picture, after Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway initially gave the prize to “La La Land.” PriceWaterhouseCoopers is apologizing for giving them the wrong envelope. “Moonlight” is the first film with an all-black cast to win Best Picture. Best Supporting Actor Mahershala Ali is the first Muslim to win an acting Oscar. Co-writer Tarell Alvin McCraney, who adapted the screenplay from his play, is a member of Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Ensemble … President Trump may release his budget proposal as soon as today. It reportedly includes big spending increases for the Pentagon, and deep cuts to the EPA and State Department. He’s looking for new nominees for Navy and Army secretaries; both candidates have dropped out over concerns about divesting their business interests … Police are investigating another act of vandalism at a Jewish cemetery, this time in Philadelphia. Thousands attended a vigil last night near Kansas City for an Indian man shot in a bar by someone who reportedly told him to ‘get out of my country’ before opening fire … Chicago police are investigating more than a dozen shootings from the weekend. At least four people have been killed … There’s an election tomorrow in Illinois – mostly for local office and some referenda. The Blackhawks beat the Blues … the Cubs and White Sox play today in Arizona … Sunny today; temperatures near 50.
The White House is hinting that it will take aim at recreational marijuana laws in eight states and Washington DC. Spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters the Trump administration does not plan to continue the more permissive approach to pot used by the Obama White House … UPDATE: President Trump is blaming the FBI for failing to stop leaks to the media, which he’s Tweeting the Bureau should,”FIND NOW.” It follows reports that Trump’s chief of staff, Reince Priebus, asked the FBI to refute stories that top Trump associates had repeated contacts with Russian intelligence agents during the presidential campaign … Trump was tweeting again about shootings in Chicago – saying the city needs help. Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson tells the Sun Times that the federal government has yet to respond to Mayor Emanuel’s request for support from Washington … Illinois” largest public employee union has authorized a strike. AFSCME leaders say it’s a sign that Governor Rauner should begin negotiations again; Rauner says the union needs to take his latest offer … The Blackhawks beat the Coyotes … the Bulls are sending Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott to Oklahoma … Rainy and mid-50s today; snow and cold in the forecast tonight and tomorrow.
Seven Earth-sized planets are orbiting a dwarf star known as Trappist-1 about 235-trillion years from here. NASA scientists say that’s cosmically close, and one of those exoplanets might have liquid water and sustain life … Chicago police say yesterday was the deadliest of the year to date – with 13 people shot and seven of them killed … The Green Line is running normally, after a fatal car crash into a support pillar on the West Side … Nine protesters have been arrested after refusing to leave their camp at the Dakota Access oil pipeline site … Protesters gathered at the White House last night … after the Trump administration reversed the Obama-era guidelines on bathroom and locker room use by transgender students … Mexican leaders are pushing back against Trump’s order to deport undocumented persons who are not from Mexico to Mexico … The Blackhawks host the Coyotes tonight … We’ll have some patchy fog this morning, and then partly sunny skies and temperatures falling into the upper-40s.
Chicago 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.
President 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.
Some 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.
The 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.
President 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.
Two 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.
President 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.