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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.
Putin Defends Trump - News With Mary DixonUPDATE: Russian president Vladimir Putin says those who spread "phony stuff" about US president-elect Donald Trump are, "worse than prostitutes." Putin accuses the Obama administration of trying to undermine Trump's legitimacy. (Also this morning, Ukraine has filed a case against Russia in the UN's highest court, over Putin's annexation of Crimea and backing of separatist rebels.) Nearly 10% of Congress will not attend this Friday's inauguration. The Washington Post counts 42 Democrats sitting out following Trump's attack against civil rights hero and fellow congressman John Lewis ... General Motors and Hyundai will be announcing plans to bump up investments in their US plants. Trump has been pressing automakers, and threatening big tariffs on German car companies ... A fatal accident blocked the outbound Eisenhower between Damen and Sacramento. Illinois State Police report three deaths early this morning ... The World Series Champion Cubs visited the White House yesterday ... There's a Dense Fog Advisory this morning ... turning cloudy with a chance of light rain and temperatures in the low-40s today.
Day Of Reckoning - News With Mary DixonThey're announcing the findings of the Justice Department's civil rights investigation into the Chicago police department - and it's being reported investigators have concluded that police routinely violated peoples' rights, and were not trained or disciplined properly ... The Justice Department will investigate whether FBI Director James Comey broke the rules when he discussed the probe into Hillary Clinton's e-mails ... The US House votes today on the first step toward dismantling the Affordable Care Act ... Vice President Joe Biden will fly to Ukraine on Sunday. Russian leaders are complaining about the US troops now in Poland ... They're bracing for an ice storm from Texas to Missouri and parts of southern Illinois ... The Bulls lost to the Knicks ... It'll be cloudy and in the mid-20s today.
Flaming Lips, Temples, The Shins - New Noise at Nine. Thursday January 12, 2017The Best of New Music Thursday featured music from a few bands who have XRT shows coming up soon!
U2 Friday Feature!Whenever we devote our Friday Feature to the music of U2, we assume that all the radios and other audio devices that are tuned in will be cranked to their optimum levels for the majority of the day.
This Week On XRT: Programming Highlights♦ Friday Feature: U2 ♦’78 on Flashback! ♦ Sunday Night Concert: Jimmy Cliff will bring the sun on a cold night!
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.
Fight Off The Winter Blues And Celebrate Baseball With XRT Live From The Cubs ConventionJoin Lin Brehmer & Marty Lennartz this Saturday as they broadcast LIVE from the Cubs Convention from 12-4 PM.
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.
Kerry Wood Talks World Series [Listen]"I just think TV builds the drama on [World Series games] a little bit better with the replays and constant commentary on it; when you're there in person, I was watching from a player's standpoint in trying to figure out who they had left in their pen, who we had coming up and who they had coming up."
US Bolsters European Military Presence - News With Mary DixonUS tanks have rolled into Germany. CBS News reports Operation Atlantic Resolve is meant to protect Eastern Europe against a potential Russian invasion and reassure nervous European allies ... Senate confirmation hearings begin this week for Donald Trump's cabinet nominees - some of whom have not filed their ethics disclosures ... President-elect Trump dismisses Meryl Streep as a "Hillary lover" - Streep called him out last night for mocking a disabled reporter during the campaign. This was at the Golden Globes - where La La Land and Moonlight won top honors ... A Joliet man faces charges that he breached security at O'Hare yesterday ... The CTA is getting one-billion dollars from Washington to rebuild parts of the Red Line on the North Side ... The Blackhawks beat the Predators ... the Packers and Steelers won NFL wild card games ... It'll be cloudy with a high in the upper-20s today.

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See The Lemon Twigs On The BlueCross BlueShield Performance StageThe Lemon Twigs will perform Live on BlueCross BlueShield Performance Stage on Thursday, January 26th! Enter for your chance to attend the performance. Can't make it? You can stream the performance live at 93XRT.com! 
See Bear’s Den On The BlueCross BlueShield Performance StageBear's Den will perform Live on BlueCross BlueShield Performance Stage on the afternoon of Friday, January 27th! Enter for your chance to attend the performance. Can't make it? You can stream the performance live at 93XRT.com! 
Los Lobos at the Tivoli Theatre Ticket GiveawayEnter for your chance to win a pair of tickets to the 93XRT Show with Los Lobos at Classic Cinemas' Tivoli Theatre on February 15th, 2017.
Win Frank Turner TicketsEnter for your chance to win a pair of tickets to see Frank Turner at the House of Blues on January 22nd or 23rd.
Win Cold War Kids TicketsCold War Kids are returning to Chicago to play at The Riviera Theatre on March 18th. Enter for your chance to win a pair of tickets to the show! Tickets are on sale now. Visit jamUSA.com for more information. 
Win Tickets To The Wilco WinterludeWilco's Winterlude is coming to the Chicago Theatre on February 22nd, 23rd, 25th and 26th. Enter for your chance to win a pair of tickets. Visit thechicagotheatre.com for more information. 
Win Bonnaroo 4-Day PassesBonnaroo returns to Manchester, TN on June 8th-11th! Enter for your chance to win a pair of 4-day GA tickets! Tickets include admittance to all 4 days of the festival and access to over 130 performances on 10+ stages. Camping is included for those who are not bringing a vehicle, but each vehicle will require a separate camping or parking pass. Tickets are on sale now. Visit bonnaroo.com for more information.
Win Ween TicketsWeen is playing two nights at the Aragon Ballroom on March 16th and 17th. Enter for your chance to win a pair of tickets to one of the shows! Tickets on sale now. Visit ticketmaster.com for more information. 
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