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]
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.
President Trump and House Republicans are celebrating their repeal of Obamacare, which faces a major re-write in the Senate. Senators are already talking about preventing some of the House bill’s cuts to Medicaid, and redirecting tax credits from the wealthy to lower-income people. All of Illinois’ Republican congressmen voted ‘yes,’ while all the Illinois Democrats voted ‘no.’ … Police in Hinsdale are investigating the murder of a woman found yesterday in her home … Will County deputies are now treating the death of a toddler in her home as a criminal investigation, according to the Sun Times … More rain is expected around the Midwest … rivers in Illinois, Missouri and the Great Plains have already risen to record levels … Former president Obama is endorsing centrist candidate Emanuel Macron in Sunday’s runoff against far right French nationalist Marine LePen. The Cubs beat the Phillies and the White Sox won in Kansas City … It’ll be partly cloudy and breezy with temperatures in the upper-50s, but cooler by the lake.
House Republicans are ramping up for a vote today on repealing Obamacare. Chicago area Democrats are voting ‘no.’ It’s not clear how the Republicans from the Chicago area and northern Illinois will vote. Representatives Peter Roskam of Wheaton, Randy Hultgren of Plano and Adam Kinzinger of Channahon haven’t announced their positions … President Trump today plans to sign an executive order allowing religious organizations and other non-profits to endorse political candidates without losing their tax-exempt status … and to let religious employers skip out on covering insurance costs for contraception … Chicago Aviation Commissioner Ginger Evans is due on Capitol Hill today, to talk about the passenger-dragging incident at O’Hare this month … Chicago police are still looking for the shooters who targeted two undercover officers in the Back of the Yards neighborhood … Britain’s Prince Philip will retire from public appearances this fall. Philip turns 96 next month; he and Queen Elizabeth have been married nearly 70 years … The Cubs beat the Phillies. The White Sox lost in Kansas City. It’s going to be chilly, breezy and a bit rainy today, with temperatures in the upper-40s …
Chicago police are hunting for the shooters who ambushed two undercover cops in the Back of the Yards neighborhood last night. Both officers are hospitalized and are expected to survive … Barack and Michelle Obama will be in town today to talk about the plans for his presidential library in Jackson Park … FBI Director James Comey is to testify before senators today. Next week, former acting Attorney General Paula Yates is scheduled to testify on her warning to the White House about former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, and his contacts with Russian officials … President Trump tweeted late last night that reports of Russian ties to his campaign were cooked up by Democrats to justify losing the election … Trump spoke yesterday by phone with Russian President Putin about Syria and North Korea … The Cubs and the White Sox won last night …
Partly sunny and in the mid-50s today, but cooler by the lake.
President Trump’s spokesman says conditions are clearly not right at this time for an unprecedented meeting between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un … President Trump tells Bloomberg he’d consider it. No American president has met with a North Korean leader since Kim’s family took over Pyongyang … Tens of thousands of people took part in peaceful May Day protests in Chicago and around the US. But some violence was reported in West Coast cities like Portland and Olympia … United Airlines chief Oscar Munoz is in the hot seat on Capitol Hill, as Congress begins hearings on customer service in the airline industry … The Writers Guild of America has agreed to a new contract in Hollywood, which means a strike won’t interrupt our favorite shows … Chef Rick Bayless has won the Best Picture Oscar of the food world – a James Beard award for Topolobampo as outstanding restaurant of the year, while Monteverde’s Sarah Grueneberg won best Great Lakes chef … The Cubs and the White Sox lost. It’s going to be windy and cloudy and cool today, with a chance of rain.
It was a dark and stormy night, and it’s still causing trouble out there: there’s a big ol’ sinkhole at Broadway and Roscoe on the North Side. High water is causing traffic problems in Glen Ellyn and Palos Heights. A semi hauling a ton of yogurt has jack-knifed on the inbound Ryan – the locals are closed at 63rd – and the inbound Ryan ramp to the outbound Ike is closed for emergency roadwork … Congress may vote this week on a spending bill that would keep the government running through the fall. It boosts money for border security, but not for President Trump’s border wall … Human Rights Watch and other critics say they’re alarmed that Trump has invited the Philippines’ strongman Rodrigo Duterte to the White House. Two people are dead, including the shooter who injured six others at a pool party in San Diego … On this May Day, demonstrations for workers and immigrants rights are planned in Chicago and other big US cities … The Cubs and White Sox lost on the road … There’s a chance of more rain today, with breezy temperatures in the mid-50s.
President Trump tells Reuters there’s a chance of a ‘major conflict’ – his words – with North Korea, even as his Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, says a diplomatic solution is possible … As Trump approaches his 100th day in office, Congress appears ready to vote on a spending bill that will prevent a government shutdown. The House won’t vote on a new health care bill until next week at the earliest … Chicago police have charged a second man in the murder of a Cook County judge … Governor Rauner and House Speaker Madigan met privately yesterday to discuss the state’s budget, or lack thereof … United Airlines has settled up with the passenger who was dragged off a flight at O’Hare. They’re not saying how much Doctor David Dao will be paid … The Bears traded up to draft North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky … the Bulls must win tonight’s playoff game against the Celtics at the United Center … There’s a chance of rain this afternoon through tomorrow, with temperatures in the 50s.
Chicago’s United Airlines is changing its policies on how it persuades passengers to give up their seats. United will offer much higher cash incentives, and will not call law enforcement. The change follows this month’s backlash over the dragging of a seated passenger from a flight at O’Hare … A Joliet toddler reported missing yesterday has been found dead. An autopsy is planned today … President Trump will re-negotiate rather than pull the US out of NAFTA. His new tax proposal sketches out deep cuts for businesses and the wealthy and no clear plan to pay for it … The head of the FCC plans to roll back the rules ensuring net neutrality. Ajit Pai says high speed internet service providers should be allowed to police themselves … The Bulls lost Game 5 of their first-round playoff series with the Celtics … The Cubs lost in Pittsburgh … the White Sox swept the Royals … A little rain and fog this morning; cloudy and breezy all day with high temperatures in the low-50s.