Chicago police have stepped up their presence around the downtown Christkindlmarket after the suspected terror attack in Berlin. Officials say it’s a precaution. At least a dozen people died in the truck attack in Germany yesterday. … Former Mayor Richard M Daley is expected to give a deposition next month on accusations of police torture of criminal suspects under former commander Jon Burge. … Russian, Turkish and Syrian leaders are meeting to discuss the Syrian civil war … one day after a Turkish policeman shot and killed Russia’s ambassador to Turkey. President-elect Trump is blaming both attacks on Islamist terrorists. His transition team offered no source for the assertion. He won yesterday’s electoral college vote. … UPDATE Illinois State Police are still clearing a number of accidents from northbound I-55. A fatal accident involving two semis shut it down this morning at Route 53. … The Bulls beat the Pistons. … It’s a blustery day, with blowing snow and temperatures going back up to the 30s.