United Airlines Changes Course - News With Mary DixonChicago'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.
Judge Blocks Trump Defunding Of Sanctuary Cities - News With Mary DixonA 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.
Obama At U Of C Today - News With Mary DixonFormer 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 .
Blackhawks Swept - News With Mary DixonThe 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.
Former NFL Star Aaron Hernandez Dead In Prison - News With Mary DixonPrison officials in Massachusetts say the former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez has committed suicide in their custody. Hernandez was serving a life sentence for a 2013 murder. The Patriots are due at the White House today to celebrate their Super Bowl victory ... The state of Illinois' budget impasse is going on 22 months, and now it's downgrading the credit of at least one public university. Moody's has downgraded the rating for Northeastern Illinois in Chicago, and warns the rest that downgrades might be coming ... Those US warships President Trump said were heading for the Korean peninsula, weren't. Pentagon officials acknowledge miscommunications; the USS Carl Vinson was bound for joint exercises with the Australian Navy in the Indian Ocean ... Democrat Jon Ossof has taken a historically conservative Georgia congressional special election to a runoff ... Police in Fresno, California, say a gunman was targeting white people when he killed three men at random. The Ohio man who posted video of his murder of an elderly man on Facebook was spotted by police yesterday and killed himself ... The Bulls, Cubs and White Sox all won. The Bulls are coming home with a 2-0 lead in the playoffs against the top-seeded Celtics ... There's a good chance of showers and thunderstorms today, with high temperatures in the low-60s before they drop to the 40s later this afternoon.
Not-So-Friendly Skies - News With Mary DixonUnited Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz says a review is underway; CNBC reports Munoz is telling employees they followed established procedures when city aviation officers dragged a man off an overbooked flight at O'Hare on Sunday. The man was a doctor who refused to give up his seat. One officer has been placed on leave ... Chicago police are looking for the gunman who killed a Cook County judge outside his far South Side home yesterday morning ... Police in San Bernardino, California say a man opened fire in an elementary school yesterday. He killed his estranged wife, a student and then himself ... Secretary of State Tillerson is meeting with world leaders about the situation in Syria, and later today will discuss the Kremlin's support of the Assad regime with Russia's foreign minister. A senior US official says Russia must have known that chemical weapons attack in Syria was coming ... The Cubs beat the Dodgers in an appropriately rain-delayed home opener celebrating their World Series championship ... the Bulls beat the Magic ... Foggy this morning, and then cloudy with high temperatures in the mid-50s.
US Strikes Syria - News With Mary DixonSyria's government is condemning a US missile strike on an air base believed to be the launch point for a chemical weapons attack on Syrian civilians. Russian leaders are demanding a UN Security Council meeting. President Trump authorized the strike from his Florida resort, where he's meeting with China's president Xi ... The US Senate is expected to vote today to confirm Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, after Republicans changed the rules to shut down Democrats' opposition ... Twitter is suing the Trump administration, over its effort to unmask the identity of an anti-Trump account focusing on immigration and homeland security ... Billionaire JB Pritzker has entered the Democratic race for Illinois governor ... The Cubs won in Saint Louis, the White Sox won at home and the Bulls won in Philly ... while the Blackhawks lost in Anaheim ... It'll be sunny and springy today, with temperatures in the mid-50s unless you're near the chillier lake.
Chicago Fed Court: Civil Rights Act Protects LGBT Employees - News With Mary DixonLGBT 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.
St. Petersburg Subway Bombing - News With Mary DixonUPDATE: 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.
Republican Health Care Vote Today - News With Mary DixonThe 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!
Another Link To Russia - News With Mary DixonThe 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.
Trump Travel Ban Blocked Again - News With Mary DixonPresident 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.