Mary Dixon

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Mary Dixon is a Chicago native who had to take the long way home. Not long after her birth at Loretto Hospital on the West Side, Mary’s parents packed the family up for their ancestral home of Dixon, Illinois. It was there that she quit a career as a very bad waitress to begin spinning records and reading hog reports for WIXN Radio. [Read Mary’s Full Bio]

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Chicago Police Debunk Trump’s Chicago Violence Story – News With Mary Dixon

Donald Trump says a Chicago cop told him the city’s violence could be resolved in a week with tougher tactics; police brass say none of them ever talked to Trump … UPDATE: Chicago police are investigating five murders and more than a dozen other shootings around the city … An earthquake in Italy has devastated two small towns northeast of Rome … Turkey has launched strikes against ISIS forces across the border in Syria … as Vice President Biden arrives in Ankara … The FBI is investigating a cyber-attack on the New York Times and several other major news outlets … The Cubs won in San Diego, the White Sox beat the Phillies … We’re expecting showers and thunderstorms through this evening, with a high today in the low-80s.

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South Chicago Arson Kills Four – News With Mary Dixon

UPDATE: Chicago police confirm 4 deaths – a 3-month-old infant, 2 children and a man – in an apartment building fire near 81st and Essex. One man is in custody; they suspect he set the fire after an argument.

Mayor Emanuel is proposing to give senior citizens a break on his proposed utility tax … Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is maintaining his promise to build a wall on the Mexican border; The State Department is reviewing 15-thousand of Democrat Hillary Clinton’s emails … President Obama travels today to Baton Rouge, where heavy rains and flooding have damaged more than 60-thousand homes … The T-Rex displayed at O’Hare International will be dismantled and sent to the Netherlands starting today … The Cubs won in San Diego … It’ll be sunny and in the low-80s today … thunderstorms are coming tomorrow.



Games Over – News With Mary Dixon

Team USA won the men’s basketball gold as the Olympic Games came to a close in Rio … in men’s volleyball, Wheaton’s Thomas Jaeschke helped the US win bronze, behind Brazil and Italy … Chicago police are investigating more than 50 shootings from the weekend. One of the injured is a 7-year-old girl … President Obama’s vacation is over today. He plans to tour the flood damage around Baton Rouge, Louisiana tomorrow … A top public health official warns that Louisiana and other Gulf States could be in line for a Zika virus outbreak … Governor Rauner’s signed into law a domestic workers bill of rights … The Cubs lost in Colorado, the White Sox won at home … It’ll be sunny and around 80 degrees in Chicago today.


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Olympic History In Rio – News With Mary Dixon

American swimmer Simone Manuel became the first black woman to win gold in a swimming event at the Olympic Games – she tied with Canadian Penny Oleksiak in setting an Olympic record in the 100-meter freestyle … American Michael Phelps also made history by winning gold in the 200M Individual Medley in 4 straight Games …. A Muslim woman is suing Chicago police for profiling her and using excessive force … A 6-year-old girl is among those shot in Chicago Thursday … Federal health officials are shifting money to the fight against the Zika outbreak … Dozens of top Republicans are asking RNC chair Reince Priebus to pull financial support from presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign … UPDATE: Trump tweeted this morning that his assertion that President Obama is the founder of ISIS was ‘sarcasm.’ The Cubs beat the Cardinals … the White Sox lost in Kansas City … Today’s forecast: showers and thunderstorms are likely this afternoon and evening.


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Sparking Up Marijuana Research – News With Mary Dixon

The Obama administration is set to remove the barriers to research on marijuana … but the DEA is keeping pot in the same dangerous drug category as heroin … Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump says President Obama is the founder of ISIS … Mayor Emanuel says Chicago teachers need to make their pension contributions to help CPS; CTU officials call it a pay cut. They say no … The CTA plans a 23-million dollar rehab for the Illinois Medical District Blue Line station … The Cubs won, the White Sox lost, and Katie Ledecky and her fellow swimmers won another gold in Rio … It’ll be partly cloudy, hot and humid today … with a high in the low-90s and heat indexes past 100-degrees this afternoon.


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Trump’s Suggestion To Gun Owners – News With Mary Dixon

The 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.


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Winnetka’s Dwyer Wins Bronze – News With Mary Dixon

Team USA swimmers are hauling in medals and wagging fingers at doping-implicated competitors (Lilly King v Yulia Efimova – gold v silver, 100m breaststroke). Conor Dwyer of Winnetka won bronze in the 200-meter freestyle. Today, there are 15 medal events in 9 sports in the Olympic Games in Rio.

UPDATE: Chicago police now report nine deaths in gunfire since Monday … Sen. Susan Collins (R-Me) and 50 GOP-allied national security experts say ‘no’ to Donald Trump … Former IL Gov. Rod Blagojevich is due to be re-sentenced today on a reduced corruption conviction … The Cubs host the Angels … the White Sox are in Kansas City … Partly cloudy and a high in the upper-80s today.


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Let The Games Begin! – News With Mary Dixon

The Summer Olympics begin tonight in Rio – amid concerns about the Zika outbreak, unfinished housing and sewage-y water … The Kane County state’s attorney will be the special prosecutor in the murder case against the Chicago police officer accused of killing a black teenager, Laquan McDonald … The Independent Police Review Authority is set to release video this morning of another police-involved shooting of a black teenager … Donald Trump claims to have seen a video of the U.S. making a massive payment to Iran. CBS News and the Washington Post report there’s no such video; a Trump spokesman says he was mistaken. UPDATE: Trump tweeted this morning that he’d seen a different video.

The White Sox beat the Tigers. They’ll host the Orioles tonight while the Cubs play in Oakland … It’ll be partly sunny and in the mid-80s today.


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New Utility Tax For Chicago – News With Mary Dixon

Mayor Emanuel is defending his plan to hike water and sewer bills to shore up the city’s largest pension fund … He helped to formally name Jackson Park as the site for the Obama Presidential Library … Republican party leaders are reportedly moving to re-boot their presidential nominee … even as Donald Trump claims his campaign has never been more unified, and his campaign donations are up … Security is high in London … after a knife attack killed one woman and injured five others … Federal researchers are conducting their first clinical trial of a Zika vaccine … Protests greeted the Olympic torch as it was carried through a poor neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro … The Cubs swept the Marlins; the White Sox lost in Detroit … It’s going to be sunny, hot and humid today – and they’ve called an Air Pollution Action Day, which means take it easy.


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‘Your Cause Is Our Cause’ – News With Mary Dixon

Hillary Clinton has accepted a historic nomination for president, in a speech urging Americans to pull together and to reject the divisive rhetoric of Republican nominee Donald Trump … Both candidates will begin getting intelligence briefings as soon as next week … Pope Francis has prayed with Holocaust survivors today at the Auschwitz Nazi death camp. Francis wrote in the guest book, ‘Lord forgive so much cruelty.’ … Chicago police report shooting two robbery suspects overnight – in one case, that suspect is dead … Two Cook County jail prisoners took over a maximum security tier for three hours yesterday and took another detainee hostage … The Cubs beat the White Sox to split the Crosstown Classic … It’s going to be cloudy with a chance of rain today, and highs in the upper-70s.



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