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]
LGBT workers are protected by the sex discrimination ban in the 1964 Civil Rights law. That’s the ruling from Chicago’s federal appeals court – the first US appellate court to weigh in on workplace discrimination against gay employees …The Chicago Teachers Union won’t stage a one-day strike on May first, after all … Chicago police have charged a man in the murders of four people at a South Shore restaurant last week … The UN Security Council is meeting on the apparent chemical weapons attack on civilians in Syria. Everyone *but* Syria’s Bashar Assad and his Russian allies suspects that government forces are to blame … US Secretary of State Tillerson has offered a terse, three-sentence statement on North Korea’s latest ballistic missile launch … Democrats have begun their filibuster against the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch; Republican leaders may move soon to change the rules and end it … The Cubs won in Saint Louis … the White Sox lost their home opener to the Tigers … the Bulls and Blackhawks lost on the road … It’s going to be windy and rainy today, and we might get some snow tonight.
It’s election day – not the big, splashy national contests, but — races for mayor, aldermen and school boards and referendum questions on the ballots all around the Chicago suburbs. The polls close at 7 p.m. … A new law now allows Internet companies to sell your online information without your knowledge or permission. President Trump has signed the bill that wiped out privacy rules the FCC passed last year … Attorney General Sessions is ordering a review that could stall the Justice Department’s oversight of troubled police departments, including Chicago’s. A federal judge here has given the go-ahead on a lawsuit alleging the city’s police ‘code of silence’ allowed a detective to escape punishment for drunk driving … It’s Equal Pay Day – the date on the calendar when working women’s paychecks finally catch up to their male colleagues’ checks – from last year … North Carolina outlasted Gonzaga to win the men’s NCAA title … the White Sox will try again to host the Tigers after their home opener was rained out yesterday … We’ll have a little light rain this morning before it clears up; temperatures in the low-50s.
UPDATE: There’s news from Russia, where state media report at least ten people have been killed and dozens more are injured in a bombing in the Saint Petersburg subway. Russian president Vladimir Putin was visiting his country’s second-largest city today. President Trump, meanwhile, is tweeting about a Fox News story on FBI surveillance of his campaign … Chicago police are investigating about two dozen shootings over the weekend, including a drive-by that killed two men in the East Garfield Park neighborhood yesterday afternoon … Republican senators on the Judiciary Committee plan to send the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch to the full senate, where Democrats may filibuster … Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner is touring Iraq with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff … Blues fans are mourning the death of Chicago legend Lonnie Brooks. He was 83 … The World Series Champion Cubs opened their 2017 title defense with a loss in Saint Louis … the White Sox open the season at home against the Tigers this afternoon … The Bulls won … the Blackhawks lost … and South Carolina has won its first women’s N-C-Double-A championship … It’s going to be rainy today and tonight and some of tomorrow, with temperatures this afternoon in the upper-40s.
It’ll be cloudy, breezy and warm today, with high temperatures in the 70s! In other news: President Trump says he’s done negotiating, and that if the US House can’t vote today to repeal Obamacare it’ll stay on the books. Both moderate and conservative Republicans are balking because the GOP replacement bill does either too little or too much … UPDATE: The Trump administration today has given the go-ahead for the Keystone XL oil pipeline … Police in the UK have arrested two more people in the terror attack on Westminster. A fourth victim has died … Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke faces new charges – 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm – in the deadly shooting of Laquan McDonald … A judge has ruled that Illinois lawmakers should get their paychecks, even though they still haven’t worked out a state budget … The Blackhawks beat Dallas in a home shootout … Michigan is close but no cigar in the sweet 16 while Xavier upsets Arizona … and Cubs mastermind Theo Epstein is named World’s Greatest Leader by Fortune Magazine.
The US House is heading for a vote today on the Republican leaders’ health care bill. The question is whether they’ve persuaded enough GOP members to sign on. … UPDATE: Britain’s parliament is back at work after a deadly attack yesterday at their doors. British police suspect the British-born assailant acted alone and was inspired by international terrorism. They’ve arrested eight people in London and Birmingham … The mother of the 15-year-old Chicago girl who was sexually assaulted on Facebook Live says her family has been receiving online threats … The CTU wants Chicago public school officials to say whether they’re ending the academic year early or not …The Supreme Court is overturning a ruling involving high court nominee Neil Gorsuch in a case that affects millions of students with disabilities … Illinois lawmakers are going to debate legalizing the recreational use of marijuana … The Bulls beat the Pistons … U of I is out of the NIT … former Cubs GM Dallas Green has died … There’s a chance of rain this afternoon with temperatures in the mid-40s. It’ll be in the 70s tomorrow!
The Associated Press reports President Trump’s former campaign chair secretly worked for a Russian billionaire to advance the interests of Vladimir Putin and undermine anti-Russia opposition in the former Soviet republics. This would contradict Paul Manafort’s and the administration’s assertions UPDATE: Manafort confirms the story, but complains it unfairly casts the work as inappropriate … President Trump is warning Republicans about the political consequences of voting against the GOP health care bill … Chicago police are searching for a group of people seen raping a 15-year-old on Facebook Live … A man is held without bond on charges of posing as an Uber driver and kidnapping and raping two women in Skokie … NASA and SpaceX are looking for a place on Mars to land a spaceship … The provocateur who created The Gong Show has died. Chuck Barris was 87 … The architect of the Bulls’ six-championship dynasty, Jerry Krause has died … the Bulls and the Blackhawks lost in overtime last night … It’ll be windy and cold today with high temperatures in the upper-30s.
The FBI is investigating whether members of the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian agents to influence the 2016 election. FBI Director James Comey made this extraordinary announcement during a House Intelligence Committee hearing in which Comey also debunked Trump’s unsubstantiated assertion that President Obama ordered wiretaps at Trump Tower. The White House and the Kremlin dismissed Comey’s testimony … President Trump heads to Capitol Hill to lobby Republican support for the Republican House leaders’ health care bill … Senators continue confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch … The U.S. is restricting some electronics from being carried on U.S.-bound flights on foreign carriers from a number of countries in the Middle East and Africa … The Tribune reports the Chicago Board of Ethics is reviewing e-mails from Mayor Emanuel’s personal accounts and whether they expose lobbying activity … Drivers in Chicago will get a fraction of a second more to beat red light camera tickets … In the NIT — The U of I advances while ISU is finished. The Bulls and Blackhawks play tonight … Partly sunny and high temperatures near 50 today.
FBI Director Comey is set to testify before the House Intelligence Committee today on the Kremlin’s interference in the US election. It’s expected congressmembers will ask whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians, and whether President Trump’s unsubstantiated assertion that President Obama ordered wiretapping at Trump Tower is valid … Senate confirmation hearings begin today on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch … Chicago police are warning North Siders in the Ravenswood, Uptown and Sheridan Park neighborhoods about a recent round of armed robberies … A Chicago man is being held without bail on charges that he kidnapped and assaulted a Wrigleyville woman earlier this month … Bears legend Gale Sayers has dementia. His wife tells the Kansas City Star that Sayers was diagnosed four years ago, and his family believes football contributed to his condition … The Blackhawks beat the Avs … Michigan and South Carolina stage N-C-Double-A upsets … DePaul is out of the women’s N-C-Double-A dance … Kinda rainy today, with temperatures in the mid-50s … cooler near the lake.
The White House has apologized to British leaders and promised not to repeat a claim that UK spies surveilled Donald Trump. Spokesman Sean Spicer repeated the Fox News story yesterday while answering reporters’ questions about President Trump’s still-unsubstantiated allegation that President Obama ordered wiretaps on Trump Tower. Senate and House Intelligence Committee leaders say it didn’t happen; British intel officials took the unusual step of calling it nonsense … Chicago police say a three-year-old boy was critically injured by a gunshot as he and other children played cops-and-robbers in a South Side home … Saint Charles police are investigating the deaths of two 18-year-olds found in a car … Republican and Democratic congressmembers are pushing back against the GOP health care bill and the president’s budget proposals for cutting domestic programs … Secretary of State Tillerson is warning North Korea against further missile tests, and says pre-emptive military strikes are an option … Northwestern won their first-ever NCAA game and will play Gonzaga tomorrow. Notre Dame won, too. And the Blackhawks won in Ottawa … It’ll be a bit rainy and in the mid-40s on this Saint Patrick’s Day.
President Trump told a rally in Nashville that he would appeal the ruling of a federal judge in Hawaii (and another this morning in Maryland). The decisions block President Trump’s second attempt at a travel ban from six majority-Muslim countries. The Hawaii judge cited statements by Trump and his adviser Stephen Miller as examples of what he called the religious animus making the order unconstitutional … The Trump budget proposal goes to Congress today, and includes big cuts to the EPA, poverty programs, medical research, the arts and the State Department with big spending increases for the Pentagon … Chicago police superintendent Johnson and other police chiefs will meet today with Attorney General Sessions … Mayor Emanuel will help break ground on a new factory that will build CTA rail cars in the Hegewisch neighborhood … The Bulls lost to the Grizzlies … ISU won their first round in the NIT… and Northwestern begins a historic dance this afternoon as the NCAA men’s tournament begins in earnest … Sunny and upper-30s today … some rain, sleet and snow overnight.