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]
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.
A federal judge says President Trump can’t withhold money from sanctuary cities like Chicago … Federal judge William Orrick has ruled that the order unconstitutionally infringes on the rights of local governments. Trump’s tweeted “See you in the Supreme Court!” and complaints about the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals — Judge Orrick sits on the lower US district court in San Francisco …
President Trump is expected to take the wraps off his big tax reform plan today. White House officials say it will call for lowering corporate tax rates from 35% to 15% … The president is slapping heavy duties on lumber imported from Canada … Senators go to the White House today for a briefing on the North Korea crisis … The Tribune counts more than one-thousand people caught in gunfire in the city so far this year … Chicago’s theater community is mourning the death of one of the guiding voices at Steppenwolf. Martha Lavey was the North Side theater company’s artistic director for more than 20 years … The Cubs won in Pittsburgh. The White Sox won at home. The Bulls are in Boston for Game 5 in the first round playoffs … There’s a pretty good chance of showers and thunderstorms by this afternoon, with high temperatures in the low-70s.
Former President Barack Obama is back in town. He’ll make his first official post-presidential appearance this morning at the University of Chicago, where he’ll talk with young people about civic engagement and community organizing … The Wheaton College community is in mourning, after a student was killed in a freak accident as he volunteered at a track meet … Congress returns to work after spring break. Members are facing a budget deadline Friday and President Trump’s expectations for progress on health care and tax reform, and money for a Mexican border wall .
The Blackhawks season is over. They lost to the Predators, 4-1, and were swept out of the first round NHL playoffs for the first time since 1993. The Bulls will try to press their playoff advantage over the top-seeded Celtics tonight at the United Center … Another sign that the Illinois budget impasse is screwing up Illinois’ public universities: Standard and Poor’s has downgraded the credit ratings for six schools including the U of I, and put them all on “negative watch” … President Trump plans to sign three executive orders that may lead to looser regulations on financial firms. The IRS is about to start using private debt collectors to track down overdue tax payments. The New York Times reports consumer watchdogs are concerned they’ll target the most vulnerable taxpayers, and open them up to criminal copycats … The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the deadly attack on police officers in Paris. It comes just before Sunday’s presidential election … The state of Arkansas has executed a convicted murderer — the first allowed by courts before the state’s lethal injection drugs expire at the end of the month …
Cloudy and cooler today, with high temperatures in the low-50s and cooler by the lake.
On this April 20th — 4/20 — people backing legalized marijuana use are planning smoke-ins around the country. (There are a number of stories about why 4/20 is a holiday for weed enthusiasts. Ask a friend.) In Washington, DC, demonstrators on Capitol Hill are reportedly going to try to hand out free joints to Congressmembers. Illinois lawmakers heard testimony on a proposal to legalize it here …A Cook County judge will rule next week on a Chicago Public Schools funding lawsuit against the State of Illinois … Governor Rauner is catching heat from reproductive rights advocates. He ran as a pro-choice candidate three years ago but is now promising to veto a measure that would keep abortion legal in Illinois if the Supreme Court overturns Roe-v-Wade. Chicago’s Cardinal Cupich praised Rauner’s veto plan … Two more courts have stayed two more executions in Arkansas … Secretary of State Tillerson says the Trump administration is conducting a thorough review of the deal to restrict Iran’s nuclear program … Russia is shutting down a UN Security Council condemnation of North Korea’s latest missile test … CBS News reports the CIA and FBI are investigating what may be the worst breach in CIA history. They’re looking for an insider who leaked information on tools used to spy on smartphones and tvs to Wikileaks … The Cubs came back to beat the Brewers … the White Sox lost in New York … and it’s do or die tonight for the Blackhawks in Nashville … There’s a chance of rain this morning. Otherwise, it’ll be breezy and near 70 degrees.