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]
UPDATE: November’s jobs report is a little rosier than anticipated. The Labor Department reports nonfarm payrolls added 178-thousand jobs last month. Economists had anticipated 175-thousand new jobs. The unemployment rate fell to 4.6%, beating expectations it would hold steady at 4.9%. It’s the lowest jobless rate since August, 2007.
UPDATE: Three people have died in a wrongway accident that is blocked westbound I-88 at Mill Road for several hours … Governor Rauner has vetoed a Chicago teachers pension bill – and it blows a 215-million dollar hole in the CPS budget … Illinois lawmakers have approved millions to save Exelon’s nuclear plants downstate with some rate hikes for customers and a boost for green energy … President-elect Trump has named retired Marine General James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis as his defense secretary … The Blackhawks won in overtime … the Bears’ Jay Cutler is out for the season with a tear in his throwing shoulder – and that could be it for Cutler as a Bear … It’ll be a little drizzly this morning, with cloudy skies later and highs in the upper-30s.
President-elect Trump begins his victory tour today in Indianapolis and Ohio … A new Kaiser Family Foundation poll shows just one in four Americans wants Obamacare repealed in full … The Illinois House today is expected to vote on a big subsidy for Exelon’s nuclear power plants downstate … The former Crystal Lake Central High School choir director is accused of giving students booze and having sex with them … At least five people have died in tornadoes in the southern US, including Tennessee, where thousands had already evacuated because of big wildfires that have killed seven people … Two small studies indicate that cancer patients might lift their anxiety or depression with psychedelic ‘shrooms … The Bulls lost to the Lakers … Cloudy today with a chance of sprinkles or flurries this morning and high temperatures in the upper-30s.
President-elect Trump is expected to name more Wall Street and Washington insiders to his cabinet today. Former Goldman exec, hedge funder, Hollywood financier and Trump campaign finance chief Steven Mnuchin confirms that he and billionaire investor Wilbur Ross are signing on – Mnuchin as Treasury Secretary and Ross for Commerce. Mnuchin tells CNBC his chief priority will be sustained economic growth and cutting taxes. He expects to cut corporate rates to 15 percent, simplify the tax system, and promises a middle class income tax cut. Trump tweets that legal papers are being drawn up to separate him from his businesses, to avoid the numerous potential conflicts of interest they pose. The head of the CIA is warning the president-elect against pulling support from the Iran nuclear agreement, and against believing promises from Russia.
The family of a man who was shot to death by a Chicago police officer last week is suing … Federal judges in Chicago will hear from an Indiana teacher who argues a college didn’t hire her because she is a lesbian … Illinois lawmakers have failed to over-ride Governor Rauner’s veto of a motor-voter bill … and there’s still no deal on a real budget … The FDA has approved a large test for using the club drug Ecstasy to treat PTSD … The Blackhawks are back home and they beat Florida in a shootout … It’ll be partly sunny and in the low-40s today.
Today is Cyber Monday – when millions of us get back to work and do some online holiday shopping. More people went shopping after Thanksgiving but spent less because of deep discounts … Nearly 60 people have been shot in Chicago over the long holiday weekend … including at least three men shot by Chicago police officers … Officials in Wisconsin will begin a recount of presidential ballots this week, while President-elect Donald Trump is tweeting unsubstantiated claims that he would have won the popular vote but for millions who voted illegally … Mourning and celebrations continue over the death of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, who died Friday at the age of 90 … The Bears lost to the Titans … It’ll be cloudy and breezy with some rain this afternoon and temperatures around 50.
Baggage handlers and other workers at O’Hare International will wait until next Tuesday – after Thanksgiving – to strike for higher wages and the right to unionize … A deacon is injured following what’s believed to be a gas explosion at a church property in Hammond, Indiana … Chattanooga, Tennessee is in mourning after a school bus crash killed at least five elementary school children … UPDATE: President-elect Trump’s spokeswoman says he will not pursue his campaign promise to further investigate Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server as Secretary of State (the Department of Justice is in charge of making this call). Trump is promising to withdraw from the TPP trade deal, ease regulations on fossil fuels, and investigate visa fraud … his video update on his transition does not mention the Wall or repealing Obamacare … The US Holocaust Museum is among those condemning neo-Nazi rhetoric used at a white-nationalist conference in Washington. It ended with attendees cheering ‘hail Trump’ and using the Nazi salute … The lawyer for John Palmer, who disrupted Saturday night’s performance of ‘Hamilton’ in Chicago confirms his client is blaming everyone but himself for his outburst and subsequent arrest … The Blackhawks were shut out in Edmonton … The Bears’ Jay Cutler may have a season-ending shoulder injury … It’ll be cloudy today with a high in the mid-40s.
UPDATE: President-elect Trump has offered the attorney general’s job to Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL). He advocates mass deportations of undocumented residents, restricting legal immigration and rescinding birthright citizenship. He is pro-life, opposes marriage equality, and […]
So enjoy today. It’ll be really warm for November 17th – with temperatures in the low-70s later today. National Weather Service forecasters are predicting rain and temperatures falling into the 30s by tomorrow night … One person is dead and several injured in a natural gas explosion in central Illinois. It happened last night in Canton, near Peoria … The police shooting death of a black man has led to protests in the Mount Greenwood neighborhood, and last night a meeting on race relations … Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be the first to meet personally with President-elect Donald Trump today … Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton is calling on her supporters to keep fighting for America. She spoke publicly to the Children’s Defense Fund last night, for the first time since conceding the election … President Obama is in Berlin. He plans to award the Medal of Freedom to Michael Jordan, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Hanks, Bill and Melinda Gates and several others … Baseball writers have awarded the Cy Young to pitchers Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello … the Bulls play tonight in Utah.
The Oxford Dictionaries Word Of the Year for 2016 is post-truth – an adjective defined as ‘relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.’ Editors say its us spiked during Britain’s Brexit vote and the US presidential election.
… Twitter is suspending numerous accounts associated with the so-called ‘alt-right’ movement which provides haven for white nationalist, anti-Semitic, racist and sexist views … President-elect Trump is tweeting that his cabinet appointment process is very organized, while one insider has characterized it as a ‘knife fight’ … A Rockford man is charged in last year’s murder of a little boy whose body was found in the Garfield Park lagoon … Fast Eddie Vrdolyak has been indicted on charges related to his getting millions in tobacco settlement money without doing any work on that case … The Bulls won in Portland while the Blackhawks were shut out in Winnipeg … and Joe Maddon is a runner-up to the Dodgers’ Dave Roberts for Manager of the Year … Foggy this morning, sunny this afternoon with a high near 60.
Lurie Children’s hospital officials report a public health crisis – a spike in calls to mental health hotlines, many from kids worried about getting deported by the Trump administration. Officials in a number of large US cities, including Mayor Emanuel and Congressman Luis Gutierrez in Chicago, say they will continue to be sanctuary cities for undocumented immigrants. Thousands of students walked out of class yesterday in California, Colorado, Maryland, Washington and other states. They were demonstrating concerns about a Trump presidency, particularly about his comments about minorities … President-elect Trump is at his Manhattan home hashing out key foreign policy appointments … President Obama is in Greece … Chicago police report shootings were down more than 40-percent over the weekend thanks to a boost in patrols … Nearly 200 protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline are planned today around the US … Governor Rauner and Illinois House Speaker Madigan are to meet today after Madigan blew off the governor and Republican legislative leaders yesterday … The Bears’ Alshon Jeffery is suspended for PED use … The Bulls and Blackhawks are on the road tonight … Patchy fog this morning, partly cloudy today and highs in the upper-50s.
President-elect Donald Trump says his supporters should stop their racist attacks and that his critics should not be afraid. In his 60 Minutes interview, Trump suggested he wants to appoint a Supreme Court judge who will overturn Roe-v-Wade but not marriage equality. Trump has appointed Republican party chair Reince Priebus as his chief of staff and Stephen Bannon as his chief strategist. Bannon headed Breitbart – a haven for white nationalism and sexism. The late Andrew Breitbart described Bannon as ‘the Leni Reifenstahl of the Tea Party movement.’ The Southern Poverty Law Center, the Anti-Defamation League and the Council on American-Islamic Relations are among those raising alarms. Anti-Trump protests continued in Chicago and around the country over the weekend … Swedish prosecutors are questioning Wikileaks founder Julian Assange about sexual assault claims against him … Chicago police and federal authorities boosted patrols on the South and West sides while more than 30 people were shot … Illinois House Speaker Madigan is blowing off an invitation to meet with Governor Rauner … Two people have died in earthquakes in New Zealand … The Bears lost in Tampa … the Blackhawks won at home … It’ll be partly sunny today with a high in the upper-50s.