It's 4/20 - News With Mary DixonOn 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.
Senate Hearings On Russian Interference Begin Today - News With Mary DixonUPDATE: Senator Lindsey Graham says FBI Director Comey did not promise to reveal today whether the bureau is investigating the Trump team's connections to Russia. Graham's Judiciary subcommittee will open hearings today on the Kremlin's interference in the election ... The White House is releasing some details of President Trump's 2005 tax returns - as they were being released last night on MSNBC. They show Trump paid $38-million in taxes on more than $150-million in income after writing down $100-million in business losses ... The Federal Reserve today is expected to raise interest rates for the first time this year ... Billionaire J-B Pritzker is exploring a run for Illinois governor. Fellow Democrats Chris Kennedy and alderman Ameya Pawar are already in the race ... Yesterday's big snowstorm hit New England pretty hard. The snow's moved past Chicago ... and a mother and baby are doing fine after she went into labor and delivery in a stuck car yesterday on South Lake Shore Drive ... The Blackhawks won in Montreal ... The Illini got a first-round win in the NIT; ISU plays tonight ... It'll be sunny with temperatures in the upper-20s today.
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.
FBI Clears Clinton Again - News With Mary DixonOne day left before the election. FBI Director Comey has cleared Hillary Clinton again after reviewing more e-mails, prompting Donald Trump to complain again that the system is rigged ... Early voting continues today in Illinois and Indiana ... Protesters clashed in the Mount Greenwood neighborhood after a Chicago police officer shot and killed a man the authorities say was aiming at police ... The country's first female attorney general, Janet Reno, has died of complications from Parkinson's disease. She was 78 ... Did you remember to fall back and turn your clock back an hour to standard time yesterday ... An Ohio theme park will change the name of one of its rides, the Top Thrill Dragster to the Top Thrill Cubster -- they lost a World Series bet ... The Blackhawks won in overtime ... and the Bears did not lose - because they did not play yesterday ... Sunny today and a high in the mid-60s.
Pearl Jam Nominated To Rock Hall - News With Mary DixonUPDATE: The Rock Hall of Fame has announced the nominees for the Class of 2017. The first-timers include Pearl Jam, Jane's Addiction, Depeche Mode, Bad Brains, Tupac Shakur, Joan Baez, Steppenwolf, ELO and ... Journey. Pearl Jam and Tupac are nominated in their first year of eligibility. The finalists will be announced in December ... The FBI has arrested more than 200 suspected pimps and rescued more than 80 children involved in a global sex trafficking ring ... Chicago police are looking for whoever killed a 15-year-old boy last month by lighting him on fire and leaving him in a Dumpster ... Governor Rauner's launching another attempt to cut red tape in Illinois government ... The experts and allies including Senator Marco Rubio disagree ... but Donald Trump is doubling down on his insistence that the election is rigged against him. His wife, Melania, tells CNN that her husband's boy talk captured in that Access Hollywood video was 'egged on' by Billy Bush ... who's now lost his job at NBC .... Yoko Ono has unveiled an artwork in Chicago's Jackson Park ... near the site of the eventual Obama presidential library ... The Cubs face the Dodgers tonight for Game 3 of the NLCS ... Cleveland is one win away from the World Series ... Partly cloudy and temperatures in the low-70s today.
DNC Day 1: Bernie's With Her - News With Mary DixonDemocrats today plan to nominate Hillary Clinton for president - the first woman to win a major party's nod. Her primary rival Bernie Sanders told fractious supporters they need to back Clinton, as did Elizabeth Warren and Michelle Obama. The FBI is investigating whether Russian intelligence agencies played a role in the leak of Democratic party e-mails. A North Lawndale Prep basketball standout has been killed in gunfire on the West Side. Japanese officials say a mentally ill man killed 19 disabled people in their sleep; authorities in Fort Myers Florida say terrorism was not a factor in the deadly shooting at a nightclub. The EPA is moving to limit greenhouse gas emissions from airplanes. The White Sox beat the Cubs in Game One of the Crosstown Classic. It'll be sunny and in the 80s today.
A Dark And Stormy Morning - News With Mary DixonWe're expecting more thunderstorms ... though Taste of Chicago is scheduled to begin later today ... Chicago police investigate two shooting deaths ... Protests in Baton Rouge, LA after police shot an African American man to death ... FBI Director Comey says Hillary Clinton was extremely careless when using a private e-mail server as Secretary of State, but not criminally so ... The Cubs and White Sox lost, but are sending eight players (7 Cubs, 1 Chris Sale) to the All Stars. Everything you need to know to start your day!