Inauguration Day - News With Mary DixonTens of thousands of supporters and protesters are gathering in Washington, DC for the inauguration of Donald Trump as our 45th president. He will be sworn in at about 11 a.m. Chicago time ... with the Obamas leaving Washington for a vacation soon after Trump's inaugural address ... American law enforcement and intelligence agencies are looking at intercepted communications and financial transactions as they probe links between Russian officials and Trump's associates, including his former campaign chair ... according to the New York Times ... In Chicago, demonstrators plan to be in Daley Plaza this afternoon and at the Trump Hotel this evening. Tomorrow, tens of thousands are expected for the Women's March at Jackson and Columbus. The CTA and Metra are adding longer trains for the day ... An off duty Chicago police officer charged with murder has been released with an electronic monitor - no bail. A Bolingbrook officer has died in a one-vehicle crash ... The Mexican drug lord El Chapo has been extradited to the US ... Rescue crews have found some survivors in that central Italian hotel buried by an avalanche ... The Bulls' Jimmy Butler will be a starter in the All Star game. The Bulls play in Atlanta and the Blackhawks are in Boston tonight ... Patchy fog, light rain and drizzle today and tomorrow. High temperatures today in the low-40s.
Obamas Move Out - News With Mary DixonPresident Obama plans one last round of clemencies on his final full day in office, while President-elect Trump's nominees for Treasury and Energy secretaries are up for confirmation hearings ... Trump's choice to head the EPA, Scott Pruitt, testified that he does not agree with Trump's assertion that climate change is a hoax, but that its causes and cures can be debated. NASA and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration report 2016 was the world's hottest on record, and the first time in the modern era that global heat records have been beaten three years in a row ... Trump is planning to return to Washington today ... Have you been thinking it might be awesome to just check out for the next eight months? A group of NASA researchers will check into a geodesic dome on a Hawaii volcano for a study of human behavior in long-term space missions ... An off-duty Chicago police officer is charged with murdering a man during an argument ... Four Chicago officers are suspended for a week; they were on the scene of the shooting death of Laquan McDonald ... At least 30 people are missing after an avalanche caused by earthquakes buried a hotel in central Italy ... Former White Sox outfielder Tim Raines is in the Baseball Hall of Fame, along with Jeff Bagwell and Ivan Rodriguez ... the Bulls and Blackhawks were off ... Novak Djokovic's been upset at the Australian Open ... Patchy fog this morning, light rain this afternoon and temperatures in the low-40s.
Obama's Final WH Press Conference - News With Mary DixonPresident Obama plans to hold his final news conference as chief executive this afternoon. He's drawing praise and condemnation for his latest round of clemencies and commutations. They include the ex-Army private Chelsea Manning, who pleaded guilty to leaking military secrets to Wikileaks ... former FALN leader Oscar Lopez Rivera, who's from Chicago ... and another Chicagoan, the former governor of the Gangster Disciples, Eric Wilson. ... A Chicago firefighter is recovering from a fall at a home on fire in the Austin neighborhood ... Chicago police report a 5-year-old girl is in serious condition after she shot herself in an East Garfield Park home ... President-elect Trump is back in Washington. He hosted the Chairman's Global Dinner last night, the first inaugural event of the week. The list of Democrats skipping Friday's ceremony has grown to nearly 60 ... Confirmation hearings continue for Trump's picks for Health and Human Services, Education, Commerce and the EPA ... The Blackhawks won in Colorado ... the Bulls lost at home ... We'll see cloudy skies and temperatures in the low-40s today.
Senate GOP Moves To Repeal Affordable Care Act - News With Mary DixonEarly this morning, senators voted 51-to-48 to draw up the budget blueprint that will dismantle President Obama's signature health care law. Democrats staged an unusual floor protest as they voted 'no' ... More of President-elect Trump's cabinet nominees begin confirmation hearings, while Trump's plan to put his sons in charge of his business is under fire from the Office of Government Ethics, which calls the workaround "meaningless." ... In yesterday's news conference, Trump conceded that Russia influenced the election, but angrily denounced the unverified intelligence reports that the Kremlin had collected compromising personal information on him ... Chicago police believe an assault rifle was used to kill one man and injure others in the Brighton Park neighborhood ... The Justice Department will announce changes in how Baltimore's police department deals with racial minorities today; Chicago's report is due tomorrow. The AP reports investigators have found a pattern of the CPD violating residents' rights ... Japan reports a 70-percent die-off this year in its largest coral reef ... The San Diego Chargers are moving to LA ... Freezing rain is making things kind of dicey out on Chicago-area roads this morning.
Obama's Chicago Farewell, Trump's Kompromat DenialPresident-elect Trump is supposed to have a news conference today, and he'll probably face some questions about last week's intelligence briefing. The heads of the intel agencies told Trump not only about their conclusion that Russia influenced the US election, but that there are unsubstantiated reports that Russia collected compromising personal information about him - some of it financial, some personal. Trump tweeted that it's fake news and a witch hunt ... Hearings continue on Trump's cabinet nominees. His pick for secretary of state, former Exxon chief Rex Tillerson, is sure to face questions on his business deals in Russia. Four other confirmation hearings have been postponed while ethics disclosures are completed ... President Obama urged Americans to work to protect democracy as he made his farewell address at McCormick Place ... The Blackhawks beat Detroit in overtime ... the Bulls lost in Washington ... and the Cubs will visit the White House and President Obama next Monday ... It's going to be rainy today, with high temperatures in the mid-40s.
Full Circle - News With Mary DixonPresident Obama plans to say goodbye where his political career began - here in Chicago. The CTA is adding extra service around McCormick Place this evening ... and the Field Museum, Adler Planetarium and Shedd Aquarium plan to close early because of the farewell address ... Illinois senators have worked out a new budget, but they're waiting until Thursday to present it to the new General Assembly ... Democrats question whether President-elect Trump's appointment of his son-in-law as a senior adviser violates the federal anti-nepotism law. Trump's nominee for attorney general, Senator Jeff Sessions, is expected to face tough questions as his confirmation hearings begin today ... Police around the U.S. are investigating at least 16 bomb threats against Jewish community centers and buildings in nine states in the South and Northeast ... That guy who disrupted Chicago's production of Hamilton and blamed everyone else for his poor behavior in November has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor trespassing. John Palmer is banned from that theater for at least six months ... The Bulls lost to the Thunder and Clemson upset Alabama in the College Football Playoff Championship ... High winds today and rainy, with temperatures in the mid-40s.