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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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‘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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Lollapalooza Begins, Demopalooza Wraps Up – News With Mary Dixon

They’re expecting 100-thousand people per day and tighter security as the 25th anniversary Lollapalooza launches today in Grant Park … Hillary Clinton plans to accept the Democratic nomination for president tonight in Philadelphia – the first woman to do so in US history … Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump seemed to invite the Russian government to hack into Clinton’s State Department e-mails, and later said the Kremlin should send them to the FBI … Chicago police are investigating a deadly shooting at a party in the Back of the Yards … the Obamas have reportedly chosen Jackson Park for his presidential library … the Cubs beat the White Sox in Game 3 of the Crosstown Classic; Game 4 is tonight at Wrigley … it’s going to be cloudy with a chance of rain and highs in the low-80’s.

Everything you need to know to start your day.


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Clinton Wins Dem Nomination – News With Mary Dixon

Hillary Clinton is the first woman to become a major party nominee for president … and was lauded last night by husband and former president Bill Clinton. Republican nominee Donald Trump and the Kremlin deny it, but US intelligence agencies have told the White House they’re highly confident the Russian government is behind the recent hack of Democratic party leaders’ e-mails.

Federal prosecutors in Chicago busted 36 suspected members of the Latin Kings … The Islamic State is claiming responsibility for a pair of suicide bombings in a Kurdish area of northern Syria.

The White Sox shut out the Cubs in Game 2 of the Crosstown Classic. Tonight they go to Wrigley.

The Illinois EPA’s called an Air Pollution Action Day – kids, the elderly, and people with respiratory conditions should take it easy … It’s going to be sunny today with a high in the upper-80s.

Everything you need to know to start your day.


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DNC Day 1: Bernie’s With Her – News With Mary Dixon

Democrats today plan to nominate Hillary Clinton for president – the first woman to win a major party’s nod. Her primary rival Bernie Sanders told fractious supporters they need to back Clinton, as did Elizabeth Warren and Michelle Obama.

The FBI is investigating whether Russian intelligence agencies played a role in the leak of Democratic party e-mails.

A North Lawndale Prep basketball standout has been killed in gunfire on the West Side.

Japanese officials say a mentally ill man killed 19 disabled people in their sleep; authorities in Fort Myers Florida say terrorism was not a factor in the deadly shooting at a nightclub.

The EPA is moving to limit greenhouse gas emissions from airplanes.

The White Sox beat the Cubs in Game One of the Crosstown Classic.

It’ll be sunny and in the 80s today.


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DNC, Crosstown Classic Up To Bat – News With Mary Dixon

The Cubs and White Sox begin a four game Crosstown Classic at US Cellular Field … the White Sox have suspended ace Chris Sale for cutting up throwback jerseys he didn’t want to wear … The Democratic National Convention begins tonight in Philadelphia, as Dems prepare to nominate Hillary Clinton for president. Her primary rival is scheduled to speak in prime time; he says he’s not surprised by the e-mail leak that shows DNC leaders favoring Clinton … Downers Grove Republican Ron Sandack resigns because of ‘cyber security issues’ … The CTA and ComEd are recovering from storm-related problems … At least 2 people are dead in a nightclub shooting in Florida.



‘I Am Your Voice’ – Trump Takes GOP Nom – News With Mary Dixon

Donald Trump accepted the Republican nomination for president last night in a speech focusing on crime, terrorism and Americanism … and bookended by the use of songs by George Harrison (‘Here Comes The Sun’), Free (‘All Right Now’), and The Rolling Stones (‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’) – who’d asked that Trump not use their work. George’s estate tweeted they might have given permission for ‘Beware Of Darkness,’ though.

Hillary Clinton may name her running mate today or tomorrow … CBS News reports it’s Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia … A Chicago police officer is recovering from a gunshot injury – officers shot and killed that suspect on the near South Side … Governor Rauner’s apologizing for calling half of Chicago’s teachers ‘illiterate’ and their principals ‘incompetent’ in a five-year-old e-mail … The NBA won’t play next year’s All Star Game in North Carolina, because of that state’s anti-LGBT law. Chicago is under consideration as a host city … The White Sox lost to the Tigers in the rain; the Cubs were off … The Excessive Heat Warning continues through 7 p.m.

Everything you need to know to start your day.


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Heat Warning Today, Trump Tonight – News With Mary Dixon

The National Weather Service has declared an Excessive Heat Warning through 7 p.m. Friday. With heat indexes projected to reach as high as 108 degrees, they’re suggesting we use our noggins if we have to be outside.

Donald Trump will accept the GOP nomination for president tonight after telling the NY Times he would not automatically defend NATO allies under attack … rival Ted Cruz drew boos as he refused to endorse Trump last night … Two Chicago men are freed after spending more than 20 years in prison on a murder conviction won with tainted testimony … The Cubs beat the Mets … the White Sox lost in Seattle.


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Yes, The World Sucks … And Improv Comedy Can Help

Boy, the news has been rough, hasn’t it? Everyone seems so angry – and not without cause. But you can’t fix things when you’re angry, and that’s why I called my old friend Kelly Leonard from The Second City to talk about improvisational comedy. It just might help all of us to cool off, listen to each other, and start fixing some of what’s broken.


Leslie Witt (center), circa 1979 
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A Death In The Family – News With Mary Dixon

Our friend and colleague Leslie Witt has died. If you had to wake up early on a Saturday or Sunday morning over the last forty years, Leslie probably helped you manage it with her upbeat and pleasant exhortations.


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Another Hot One In Chicago – News With Mary Dixon

The heat index may reach 100 degrees today … Justice Department civil rights investigators continue their probe into the Chicago police department … Funerals are planned today for some of the Dallas police officers killed in an ambush … Hillary Clinton will be in Springfield and Wilmette while Donald Trump was in Chicago yesterday … the UK is getting a new prime minister, Theresa May. The American League won the All Star Game.

Everything you need to know to start your day.



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