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.
A Day Without Immigrants - News With Mary DixonSome of your favorite restaurants and shops may be closed or missing staff today because of a national strike by legal and undocumented residents. 'A Day Without Immigrants' is aimed at protesting President Trump's immigration crackdown. Prominent Chicago chef Rick Bayless posted yesterday that four of his Mexican restaurants will be closed after an employee vote, while two others will donate some of today's proceeds to the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. Immigration rights protesters plan a demonstration later this morning in Union Park ... Trump's choice for Labor Secretary is out over domestic abuse allegations and his employment of undocumented housekeeper. Trump says he's open to a two-state or a one-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians. The New York Times reports Trump plans to have a New York billionaire lead a review of American intelligence agencies ... Congress has approved the repeal of a gun rule that prevented sales to people with serious mental illness ... Three men are dead after a shooting in Brighton Park ... 12-year-old Kanari Gentry-Bowers died yesterday after being shot on Saturday night ... The outbound Ryan is open again after a shooting near 63rd Street ... Governor Rauner's budget address drew laughter from Democrats who say the governor's plans are light on details ... The Bulls host the Celtics tonight. Northwestern's men lost to Maryland ... It'll be cloudy today with high temperatures in the low-40s.
NYT: Trump Campaign Aides Talked With Russian Spies - News With Mary DixonThe New York Times reports at least three members of the Trump campaign were in repeated contact with Russian intelligence officials before the election. President Trump is complaining on Twitter this morning that the quote, 'fake news media is going crazy with their conspiracy theories and blind hatred.' He was watching CNN and MSNBC, which are reporting on the Times story quoting four current and former American officials say there's no evidence so far of collusion with the Russians to influence voting ... UPDATE: Southbound Lake Shore Drive is reopened, after a fatal shooting at Fullerton ... Three children have been shot in Chicago in three days. Police are looking for the killer of a 2-year-old boy and a man yesterday, while an 11-year-old girl shot over the weekend died. UPDATE: Chicago police have charged a 19-year-old man with Takiya Holmes's murder. A 12-year-old girl remains in critical condition ... Governor Rauner plans his budget address as Illinois closes in on two years without a full budget. Chicago Public Schools are suing Rauner over the state's funding of education ... Humana is pulling out of Obamacare for 2018 ... People are returning home after crews patched up the Oroville Dam in northern California ... The Bulls beat the Raptors at the UC ... It'll be partly sunny with temperatures in the mid-30s.
Pre-Teens Among Chicago Shooting Victims - News With Mary DixonTwo young girls are hospitalized after being hit by stray bullets in separate shootings in the South Side Parkway Gardens and Englewood neighborhoods. They are 11- and 12-years-old. Chicago police are investigating 2 dozen shootings from the weekend ... The Oroville Dam in northern California is fixing to burst, and they've evacuated nearly 200-thousand people from eight cities ... The UN Security Council plans to hold an emergency meeting today on North Korea's ballistic missile test ... President Trump's policy adviser won't say whether Trump still has confidence in National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Flynn is admitting that sanctions may have come up when he talked to the Russian ambassador while the Obama administration was imposing penalties on the Kremlin ... Adele, Chicago's Chance the Rapper, and the late David Bowie were among the biggest winners during last night's Grammy Awards ... The Bulls lost in Minnesota ... Northwestern's men beat number 5 Wisconsin ... and spring training begins this week for the Cubs and White Sox ... Sunny today, with temperatures in the mid-40s.
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.
Six More Weeks Of Winter? - News With Mary DixonThe word from Gobbler's Knob is that Punxsatawney Phil has seen his shadow - and that means six more weeks of winter ... An Oak Lawn doctor is due to return this morning, after being detained at the Dubai airport because of the Trump travel ban. Doctor Amer al-Homssi was one of the first to sue over the restrictions. Another Chicago resident from Iran has won a similar battle ... The White House is warning Iran about testing ballistic missiles ... while President Trump reportedly has had testy phone calls with the leaders of Mexico and Australia ... Chicago leaders are shrugging off an Ohio pastor's suggestion that Trump sit down with gang leaders to discuss the city's violent crimes ... Officials at UC Berkeley say a small number of anarchists sparked fires and broke windows, as students protested an appearance by a caustic white nationalist writer ... Two families are suing Lake Zurich High School over their sons' allegations of hazing and bullying by football players ... The Bulls won in Oklahoma City ... It'll be sunny and cold today, with high temperatures in the mid-20s.
Trump Immigration Order Draws O'Hare Protests - News With Mary Dixon
Rahm To Trump: No Thanks - News With Mary DixonA mass shooting during a memorial observance in the Grand Crossing neighborhood has injured six people ... while Chicago leaders reject the prospect of President Trump sending National Guard troops into the city and his order to withdraw federal funds from sanctuary cities ... Trump insists that Mexico will pay for his border wall, but US taxpayers will foot the bill now ... The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists will update its symbolic Doomsday Clock this morning ... Investors are waiting to see what happens this morning on Wall Street, after the Dow broke the 20-thousand mark ... The actress Mary Tyler Moore - who presented the light and dark faces of American housewives and of working women - has died at the age of 80 ... The Bulls lost to the Hawks ... The Williams sisters will play each other for the Australian Open title ... Scattered light snow or rain are covering the Chicago area. We'll have temperatures in the mid-30s.
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.
Obama's Final WH Press Conference - News With Mary DixonPresident Obama plans to hold his final news conference as chief executive this afternoon. He's drawing praise and condemnation for his latest round of clemencies and commutations. They include the ex-Army private Chelsea Manning, who pleaded guilty to leaking military secrets to Wikileaks ... former FALN leader Oscar Lopez Rivera, who's from Chicago ... and another Chicagoan, the former governor of the Gangster Disciples, Eric Wilson. ... A Chicago firefighter is recovering from a fall at a home on fire in the Austin neighborhood ... Chicago police report a 5-year-old girl is in serious condition after she shot herself in an East Garfield Park home ... President-elect Trump is back in Washington. He hosted the Chairman's Global Dinner last night, the first inaugural event of the week. The list of Democrats skipping Friday's ceremony has grown to nearly 60 ... Confirmation hearings continue for Trump's picks for Health and Human Services, Education, Commerce and the EPA ... The Blackhawks won in Colorado ... the Bulls lost at home ... We'll see cloudy skies and temperatures in the low-40s today.