Oscar's Surprise Ending - News With Mary DixonPlot 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.
Trump Administration To Crack Down On Pot - News With Mary DixonThe 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.
The New Frontier - News With Mary DixonSeven 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.
Deportations Coming - News With Mary DixonChicago 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.
Trump's New Immigration Order Expected Soon - News With Mary DixonPresident 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.
Trump Travel Ban On Hold - News With Mary DixonPresident 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.
Work Begins Again On Dakota Access Pipeline - News With Mary DixonThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is clearing the way for the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline. It has granted an easement to run the pipeline under Lake Oahe. They expect to finish the North Dakota -to-Illinois line some time this spring. The pipeline sparked nationwide protests over claims it will endanger water and cultural sites of Native Americans. Opponents vow to continue their fight ... An Amtrak police officer has shot and critically injured a person after a robbery last night near Union Station ... President Trump blames undocumented immigrants for Chicago's violence. This was offered without evidence ... Senators have narrowly confirmed Trump's attorney general, Jeff Sessions ... up next: congressman Tom Price, who would oversee the dismantling of Obamacare ... Businessman Chris Kennedy is the latest Democrat to announce a run for Illinois governor ... A Chicago man is charged with a hate crime for vandalizing the Chicago Loop Synagogue ... School is cancelled in New York, Philadelphia and Boston as a big snow storm bears down on the East Coast ... Stock in Nordstrom has rebounded since President Trump complained on Twitter about the Seattle department store chain dropping daughter Ivanka's fashion line. Store officials say it wasn't selling ... The Blackhawks won in Saint Paul. The Bulls lost in California ... Sunny and cold today, with highs in the low-20s.
GOP Senators Tell Elizabeth Warren To Be Quiet - News With Mary DixonRepublican senators rebuked Democrat Elizabeth Warren last night for trying to read Coretta Scott King's criticism of attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions. Her 1986 letter stated that Sessions would be unfit for the federal bench because as US attorney he launched politically-motivated voting fraud prosecutions and was indifferent to criminal violations of civil rights laws. Senators are to vote on Sessions' confirmation today ... Governor Rauner says he's hoping for big things from Trump's newly confirmed education secretary Betsy DeVos ... President Trump is singling out Chicago's gun violence again. His adviser Kellyanne Conway tells the Sun Times he wants to discuss it with Mayor Emanuel before formally revealing how the president plans to help the city ... A man is under arrest after attacking three students on the playground at a Gold Coast public school ... Illinois senators are talking about lowering the sales tax - but imposing it on food and drugs as they work on a budget ... New Orleans is cleaning up from a series of tornadoes that have caused a lot of damage in the Crescent City ... The Bulls play tonight at Golden State. The Blackhawks are in Minnesota ... There's a chance of light snow all day and high temperatures in the upper-20s.
Chicago Taxes Disposable Bags - News With Mary DixonStarting today, Chicago shoppers will pay 7-cents for plastic and paper bags at many stores, and Metra riders will pay more to board the commuter trains ... President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, goes to Capitol Hill today. Democrats are expressing concerns about the federal judge's record on women's and workers' rights ... Nearly 1,000 State Department employees are protesting and lawsuits are being filed to challenge Trump's immigration and refugee ban ... while Mayor Emanuel hosted six undocumented teenagers at his home for dinner ... At least 17 bomb threats were reported at Jewish centers around the US yesterday, including one in the north suburbs ... The Army Corps of Engineers is being ordered to issue the easement necessary to finish construction of the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation ... The Blackhawks lost in San Jose ... We have a chance of some light snow today and temperatures in the low-30s.
Trump Sacks Defiant Acting AG - News With Mary DixonPresident Donald Trump has fired the acting attorney general after career prosecutor Sally Yates questioned the constitutionality of his refugee and immigration executive order, and refused to defend it in court ... Senators in committee will vote today on Trump's attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions and several other nominees. The president is expected to announce his Supreme Court pick tonight ... The man accused of killing six Muslims worshipping in a Quebec City mosque is a French Canadian who's expressed support for Trump and French right-wing politician Marine LePen ... Open enrollment ends today for health insurance under Obamacare ... The Boy Scouts of America are lifting their ban on transgender scouts ... The Bulls and Blackhawks were off ... the 'Hawks hit the road and play in San Jose tonight ... It'll be blustery with scattered snow and rain showers through the day, and high temperatures in the upper-30s.
Trump Gets Busy - News With Mary DixonAfter a weekend of inaugural balls and massive women's demonstrations, President Trump plans to meet with congressional leaders today, will reportedly withdraw from the Trans Pacific Partnership, and according to adviser Kellyanne Conway will not release his tax returns. A watchdog group is filing suit alleging that Trump is violating the emoluments clause of the US Constitution because of his businesses taking payments from foreign governments ... Organizers estimate a quarter-million people showed up for Chicago's Women's March - though it turned into a rally because of the size. ... Severe storms have killed at least 19 people in Georgia and Mississippi ... United Airlines flights are back in the air after a computer problem caused a ground stop for nearly three hours ... The Blackhawks won their third game in a row ... the Patriots will play the Falcons in Super Bowl 51 -- sorry, Pack. ... A bit of fog and drizzle this morning, with high temperatures today in the low-40s.
Inauguration Day - News With Mary DixonTens of thousands of supporters and protesters are gathering in Washington, DC for the inauguration of Donald Trump as our 45th president. He will be sworn in at about 11 a.m. Chicago time ... with the Obamas leaving Washington for a vacation soon after Trump's inaugural address ... American law enforcement and intelligence agencies are looking at intercepted communications and financial transactions as they probe links between Russian officials and Trump's associates, including his former campaign chair ... according to the New York Times ... In Chicago, demonstrators plan to be in Daley Plaza this afternoon and at the Trump Hotel this evening. Tomorrow, tens of thousands are expected for the Women's March at Jackson and Columbus. The CTA and Metra are adding longer trains for the day ... An off duty Chicago police officer charged with murder has been released with an electronic monitor - no bail. A Bolingbrook officer has died in a one-vehicle crash ... The Mexican drug lord El Chapo has been extradited to the US ... Rescue crews have found some survivors in that central Italian hotel buried by an avalanche ... The Bulls' Jimmy Butler will be a starter in the All Star game. The Bulls play in Atlanta and the Blackhawks are in Boston tonight ... Patchy fog, light rain and drizzle today and tomorrow. High temperatures today in the low-40s.