Chris Cornell Dead At 52 - News With Mary DixonChris Cornell, who fronted Soundgarden and Audioslave, has died unexpectedly at the age of 52. UPDATE: Detroit police tell the AP they're investigating this as a possible suicide; Cornell played a show with Soundgarden last night and was found dead early this morning in his hotel room. ... UPDATE: Roger Ailes has died. He founded Fox News, which Ailes chaired until last year when a number of women who worked for him reported that Ailes had sexually harassed them. He was the media consultant to Republican presidents Nixon, Reagan and George H-W Bush, as well as Donald Trump. Ailes was 77 ... A LOT is happening in Washington: Former FBI Director Robert Mueller has been named special prosecutor to oversee the investigation into Russia's interference in the US election, along with whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Kremlin. Reuters reports former NSA Michael Flynn and other Trump advisers had at least 18 undisclosed contacts with Kremlin-linked persons in the last seven months of the campaign. UPDATE: President Trump is tweeting complaints this morning: about how he's the victim of a political witch hunt, and why didn't special counsels investigate Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration ... There were protests in Tulsa, Oklahoma after a jury found a white police officer not guilty in the shooting death of an unarmed black man ... An investigation is underway, after an off-duty Cook County deputy shot and killed a 17-year-old robbery suspect yesterday on the South Side ... German and Israeli researchers say the active ingredient in marijuana *improves* memory performance and mental functioning ... which comes as a huge surprise to anyone who's hung out with potheads. The Cubs beat the Reds at home. The White Sox lost in Anaheim ... Partly cloudy and breezy today, with high temperatures in the upper-70s.
Comey Memo: Trump Asked Me To Stop Flynn Probe - News With Mary DixonCongressmembers say they want to hear directly from fired FBI Director James Comey ... after the New York Times reported that Comey documented President Trump asking him to drop the FBI's investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. The White House was already reeling from the news that Trump had shared classified secrets with the Russians ... and denies the Comey memo. UPDATE: Russian President Putin says he can prove that President Trump did not pass on classified intelligence to Putin's foreign minister - by giving Congress a transcript of their Oval Office meeting. It has been widely reported that Trump disclosed an ally's secrets about the Islamic State to Russian officials last week. A Wisconsin man is accused of shooting an Amtrak conductor yesterday in Naperville. Passengers held the suspect down until police arrived ... A Chicago man has turned himself in, after being photographed as he punched a security guard at a River North condo building. He's charged with several counts of aggravated battery ... Two people have died in tornadoes that hit Wisconsin and Oklahoma ... The Cubs unleashed their bats and beat the Reds at Wrigley. The White Sox lost in extra innings in Anaheim. It'll be windy and warm today, with a chance of showers and thunderstorms later and high temperatures in the mid-80s.
Trump Shared Intel With Russians - News With Mary DixonPresident Trump boasted to Russian diplomats about an ally's highly classified information on an Islamic State plot. President Trump confirmed this morning on Twitter that he had the "absolute right" to share information with Russia. Last night, the White House issued carefully worded denials to the Washington Post story. The Post reports White House officials took steps to contain the damage by calling the CIA and the National Security Agency. A senior German lawmaker tells the AP that if the US president is passing information "on to other governments at will, then Trump becomes a security risk for the entire western world." Trump welcomes Turkish president Erdogan to the White House today ... The parent company of the Tribune is trying to buy the parent of the Sun Times. Bosses claim the two papers would operate independently if the deal goes through ... Cook County sheriff's deputies are searching for a Villa Park teenager who jumped into the Des Plaines River and disappeared over the weekend ... Intelligence and security experts suspect North Korea was behind the global ransomware virus that's hit hundreds of thousands of computers ... The White Sox lost to the Angels ... it'll be the Celtics and the Cavaliers in the NBA East Conference Finals ... Sunny and breezy today. High temperatures in the upper-80s.
Manhunt - News With Mary DixonChicago police are hunting for the shooters who ambushed two undercover cops in the Back of the Yards neighborhood last night. Both officers are hospitalized and are expected to survive ... Barack and Michelle Obama will be in town today to talk about the plans for his presidential library in Jackson Park ... FBI Director James Comey is to testify before senators today. Next week, former acting Attorney General Paula Yates is scheduled to testify on her warning to the White House about former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, and his contacts with Russian officials ... President Trump tweeted late last night that reports of Russian ties to his campaign were cooked up by Democrats to justify losing the election ... Trump spoke yesterday by phone with Russian President Putin about Syria and North Korea ... The Cubs and the White Sox won last night ... Partly sunny and in the mid-50s today, but cooler by the lake.
All Apologies - News With Mary DixonApologies in the news: United Airlines' CEO is now apologizing and promising a policy review over that passenger being dragged off a full plane at O'Hare on Sunday. About two dozen people demonstrated at the airport last night, while lawmakers are talking about investigating the practices of Chicago-based United ... White House spokesman Sean Spicer is apologizing for saying that Adolf Hitler didn't use chemical weapons on his own people - he did - as Spicer talked to reporters about Syria's Assad regime ... Secretary of State Tillerson is talking with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov about scaling back their support for Assad ... the Washington Post reports the FBI got a FISA warrant to monitor a former adviser to the Trump campaign. They suspected Carter Page was a Russian agent ... Chicago police are investigating a shooting in the Old Town neighborhood that injured two boys and a man. They're questioning someone in the murder of a Cook County judge near his South Side home ... The founder of the J. Geils band has died. John Warren Geils was 71 ... The White Sox lost in Cleveland. The Cubs get their World Series rings tonight before hosting the Dodgers and the Bulls end the regular season at home ... It'll be sunny today, with high temperatures around 60 and a bit cooler by the lake.
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.
FBI Confirms Russia/Trump Campaign Probe - News With Mary DixonThe FBI is investigating whether members of the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian agents to influence the 2016 election. FBI Director James Comey made this extraordinary announcement during a House Intelligence Committee hearing in which Comey also debunked Trump's unsubstantiated assertion that President Obama ordered wiretaps at Trump Tower. The White House and the Kremlin dismissed Comey's testimony ... President Trump heads to Capitol Hill to lobby Republican support for the Republican House leaders' health care bill ... Senators continue confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch ... The U.S. is restricting some electronics from being carried on U.S.-bound flights on foreign carriers from a number of countries in the Middle East and Africa ... The Tribune reports the Chicago Board of Ethics is reviewing e-mails from Mayor Emanuel's personal accounts and whether they expose lobbying activity ... Drivers in Chicago will get a fraction of a second more to beat red light camera tickets ... In the NIT -- The U of I advances while ISU is finished. The Bulls and Blackhawks play tonight ... Partly sunny and high temperatures near 50 today.
Russia Hearing Begins - News With Mary DixonFBI Director Comey is set to testify before the House Intelligence Committee today on the Kremlin's interference in the US election. It's expected congressmembers will ask whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians, and whether President Trump's unsubstantiated assertion that President Obama ordered wiretapping at Trump Tower is valid ... Senate confirmation hearings begin today on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch ... Chicago police are warning North Siders in the Ravenswood, Uptown and Sheridan Park neighborhoods about a recent round of armed robberies ... A Chicago man is being held without bail on charges that he kidnapped and assaulted a Wrigleyville woman earlier this month ... Bears legend Gale Sayers has dementia. His wife tells the Kansas City Star that Sayers was diagnosed four years ago, and his family believes football contributed to his condition ... The Blackhawks beat the Avs ... Michigan and South Carolina stage N-C-Double-A upsets ... DePaul is out of the women's N-C-Double-A dance ... Kinda rainy today, with temperatures in the mid-50s ... cooler near the lake.
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: Russian Stories A "Total 'Witch Hunt!'" - News With Mary DixonRussia's foreign minister Lavrov says the scandal over Trump administration members' contacts with the Russian ambassador looks like a witch hunt. President Trump Tweeted the same words, "witch hunt," as he defended his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, last night. Sessions has recused himself from any investigations into allegations that the Kremlin interfered with the US election ... The Indianapolis Star reports Vice President Pence used a private AOL e-mail account for some public business while he was governor of Indiana -- and that it was hacked last summer ... A Brighton Park Little League coach is charged with sexually assaulting two young cousins who played on his team ... The Peoria headquarters of one of Illinois' largest businesses, Caterpillar, was raided by federal agents yesterday ... Chance the Rapper plans to meet with Governor Rauner this morning, to discuss funding for the Chicago Public Schools ... The Bulls beat the Warriors ... It'll be sunny and in the low-30s today.
AG Sessions Met Russian Ambassador During Campaign - News With Mary DixonAttorney General Jeff Sessions spoke twice with Russia's ambassador to the US while he was a senior adviser to the Trump campaign. The Justice Department confirms it; Sessions did not disclose this during confirmation hearings. UPDATE: Sessions now tells NBC he never met with Russian officials to discuss any political campaign. Top Democrats are calling for Sessions to resign; some Republicans - including House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Oversight chairman Jason Chaffetz - say Sessions should clarify his testimony, and recuse himself from investigations relating to President Trump's ties to Russia ... The New York Times reports officials in the Obama White House spread information across the government on Russian interference in the US election. Their goal was to make sure it didn't happen again, and to leave a trail for investigators ... A second person has died of injuries from this week's tornadoes in LaSalle County ... Illinois lawmakers are pulling the plug on a budget compromise, and Democrats blame Governor Rauner ... Chicago's Cardinal Cupich is telling priests to not allow immigration agents into churches without a warrant ... The Blackhawks beat the Penguins ... Northwestern's men beat Michigan in basketball ... The city's snow trucks are being deployed for the first time this year. We'll get up to an inch of snow today, with high temperatures in the mid-30s.
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.