Trump Defends Firing Comey, Hosts Russians - News With Mary DixonThe head of Chicago's FBI office is reportedly in the running to temporarily head the agency while President Trump looks for James Comey's replacement. Trump met yesterday with Russia's foreign minister and ambassador, while reports circulated that Comey requested more personnel and resources for the bureau's investigation into Russian interference in the election, and whether Trump's associates colluded with the Kremlin ... Mayor Emanuel says they're looking at everything to find money for keeping Chicago Public Schools open to the end of the academic year ... Illinois senators have sent Governor Rauner a bill that would keep abortion legal here if the Supreme Court overturns Roe-v-Wade, and would expand insurance coverage for low income women and state employees. Rauner's said he'll veto it ... In New Orleans, they're removing another confederate memorial - a statue of Jefferson Davis ... The Cubs lost in Colorado, and the White Sox were rained out on the South Side ... Cloudy today with temperatures in the upper-50s ... but in the upper-40s near the lake.
Trump Axes Comey Amid Russia Probe - News With Mary DixonPresident Trump has abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey, who's been leading an investigation into whether Trump's advisers colluded with Russian agents during the 2016 campaign. Lawmakers -- including a few Republicans -- are calling for a special prosecutor to continue that probe. Many Republicans are going with the White House assertion that it's time for a fresh start after Comey mishandled the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private e-mail server ... CNN reports federal prosecutors have issued grand jury subpoenas to associates of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn ... who was fired because of his undisclosed contacts with Russian officials. The president today is to meet at the White House with Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov ... The word from City Hall is that Chicago Public Schools need nearly 600-million dollars to finish out the academic year ... Norfolk Southern railroad has imposed new security measures at a South Side railyard where thieves have stolen 150 guns in recent years. Most of those weapons wound up in the hands of drug dealers and gang bangers. The Cubs split two games in Colorado ... the White Sox lost at home ... There's a chance of rain this afternoon, with high temperatures in the upper-60s ... cooler by the lake.
"You Don't Want Your NSA Compromised With The Russians" - News With Mary DixonFormer acting attorney general Sally Yates says she warned the Trump White House in January that National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was compromised and could be blackmailed by the Kremlin. He would not be fired for three more weeks; Yates testified yesterday before a Senate subcommittee. President Trump tweeted afterward that the Russia-Trump collusion story is a hoax. Trump is considering an escalation of the U.S. military campaign against the Taliban in Afghanistan. The "Washington Post" cites officials who say the plan is to expand operations in order to get the Taliban to negotiate. Chicago police are on alert following a mass shooting in the Brighton Park neighborhood. The Sun Times reports police are providing extra security to 15th Ward Alderman Ray Lopez because of his comments about gang activity in the Back of the Yards neighborhood .... Mayor Emanuel's postponed another briefing for alderman ... as City Hall tries to figure out a way to keep Chicago Public Schools open in a budget crisis ... The Cubs were rained out in Colorado, so they'll play a double header today ... the White Sox host the Twins tonight ... We've got early morning rain - and traffic's already a bit gnarly because if it. Later, we'll have cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid-50s ... cooler by the lake.
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.
CPS Out On June 1? - News With Mary DixonChicago Public Schools may end the school year three weeks early without some extra money from Springfield. CPS chief Forrest Claypool says they're asking a judge to bar the State of Illinois from sending out all school funds until it sends more to Chicago. Without a favorable ruling, they may end the school year on June first, and cut back summer school programs. ... At least 20 Jewish Community Centers in a dozen states got bomb threats yesterday. They were hoaxes, but synagogues and JCCs around Chicago are on alert. The Anti-Defamation League is among those calling on the Trump administration to take action ... Tonight, the president addresses a joint session of Congress on his first budget proposal, which includes more money for defense and cuts for the State Department and domestic programs ... Three people have died in a small plane crash in Riverside, California ... SpaceX is planning to take two private citizens to the moon and back ... They're celebrating Mardi Gras around the world ... including New Orleans, where they're marking the 160th anniversary of their first Carnival parade ... The Cubs and White Sox tied in Arizona. The Bulls host the Nuggets tonight ... It's going to be rainy and stormy today and tonight, with high temperatures around 60.
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.
Go To School, Kids - News With Mary Dixon Chicago Public Schools are open, after the CTU made a tentative contract agreement ... Teachers would have to ratify it, but it means NO strike in Chicago ... The Cubs lost to the Giants in the 13th inning of the NLDS Game 3 ... which means Jewish baseball fans will be checking in with their ushers about Game 4 during Yom Kippur services tonight ... Mayor Emanuel is set to outline a new budget that includes a 7 cent-per-bag tax on paper and plastic bags used by big stores ... House Speaker Paul Ryan is telling his Republican members to do what they gotta do to hold on to a GOP majority, even if it means dumping their presidential nominee. Donald Trump is telling supporters to make sure next month's election is not stolen .... Heavy flooding is reported in parts of North Carolina, thanks to Hurricane Matthew ... It'll be partly sunny with light scattered rain this morning ... and a high in the low-70s.
Bagels & Nobels - News With Mary DixonThe Nobel Prize in Physics goes to three Brits who teach in the US. The University of Washington's David Thouless, Princeton's Duncan Haldane and Brown's Michael Kosterlitz are honored for doing the math on unusual states of matter. Their work in topological phase transitions may lead to applications in materials science and electronics. The Nobel Committee used a cinnamon bun, a bagel and a pretzel to explain it. Mmmmm, bagels ... Chicago Public Schools are laying off more people because of falling enrollment ... a week ahead of a possible teachers' strike ... Hurricane Matthew is drenching Haiti ... and they've called a state of emergency in Florida ... New York's Attorney General has ordered the Trump Foundation to stop fundraising, because it doesn't have the certification to solicit money from the public ... The vice presidential candidates Mike Pence and Tim Kaine are to debate tonight ... The Vikings won on Monday Night Football ... the Sox have introduced Rick Renteria as their new manager ... and the Cubs get a late start Friday night against the Mets or the Giants ... It'll be partly sunny with a high in the low-70s.
Back To School! - News With Mary DixonIt's back to school for Chicago public schoolkids and many other districts ... It's back to work for Congress, where members will be asked to finally approve more money for fighting the Zika virus outbreak ... At least 13 people have died in gunfire in Chicago over the Labor Day weekend ... President Obama is the first sitting US chief executive to visit Laos, where he's pledging to help that country pay for removing bombs dropped by the US during the Vietnam War ... The president of the Philippines says he regrets calling President Obama an SOB ... The Cubs beat the Brewers ... the White Sox lost to Detroit ... and the Bears have said goodbye to Robbie Gould ... It'll be hot and humid today, with a high around 90.
Trump's Suggestion To Gun Owners - News With Mary DixonThe Secret Service has taken the unusual action of Tweeting that it's 'aware of the comments' ... after Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump suggested to a crowd in North Carolina that "the Second Amendment people" act if Democrat Hillary Clinton were elected and began choosing Supreme Court justices. Trump claims he was talking about voting, not violence; House Speaker Paul Ryan called it a "joke gone bad." Chicago police report 3 deaths in 18 shootings around the city ... Evanston police report 4 young men and women were injured in a shooting near Foster and Jackson ... former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was re-sentenced to the same term - 14 years in prison - for corruption ... CPS is warning teachers to make concessions or face classroom cuts ... the Cubs and White Sox won ... US swimmers Phelps, Dwyer, Ledecky and Team USA gymnasts are bringing home gold medals ... Partly cloudy today with a high near 90. Everything you need to know to start your day.
#ILEnough - Lawmakers To Vote On Temporary Budget, School Money - News With Mary DixonSchools would open as scheduled this fall, if the Illinois General Assembly approves several budget stopgaps worked out by leaders and Gov. Rauner. They include authorizing a $250-million property tax increase for Chicago's teacher pensions.
No School This Fall? - And Other News With Mary DixonThat's the warning from CPS CEO Claypool ... Chicago's murder rate rose 40% in May ... Hillary Clinton plans a major foreign policy speech taking on Trump ... McDonald's moving HQ to Harpo? ... Ricketts makes the case for a plaza outside Wrigley ... the Cubs and White Sox won ... the weather is gorgeous, too.