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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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.

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‘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.



Obama To Dallas Today – News With Mary Dixon

President Obama, Vice President Biden and former president George W Bush are among the speakers at today’s memorial for 5 Dallas police officers shot while on duty at a police brutality protest … Two bailiffs were killed by an inmate trying to escape in St. Joseph, Michigan … Hundreds of protesters against police brutality marched through Chicago … Donald Trump will be at a fundraiser in Chicago today; Hillary Clinton plans to do the same tomorrow … Illinois high schoolers get to skip PARCC testing and will take the SAT instead. It’s the All Star break … Todd Frazier of the White Sox took 2nd in the Home Run Derby. Forecast: Muggy and maybe stormy.



Protests And Memorials – News With Mary Dixon

More than 20 people were arrested in Chicago over the weekend during anti-police brutality demonstrations, most on minor charges … President Obama plans to return from Europe early and speak at a memorial for the 5 Dallas police officers killed by a sniper … Bernie Sanders plans to appear at a rally for Hillary Clinton … UPDATE – The Bishop Ford is cleared after a fatal accident early this morning … The Cubs won and the White Sox lost going into the All Star Break … it’s going to be muggy today and tonight.

Everything you need to know to start your day.


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Dallas Police Shot During Protest – News With Mary Dixon

UDPATE: Five Dallas police officers are dead. Seven officers, including a transit officer, are injured as are two civilians. They were targeted last night during a demonstration against police brutality. Similar demonstrations were held around the US, including Chicago, last night. NOW: Chicago police plan to work in pairs to enhance visibility and safety. The family of at least one of the black men killed by police this week, Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, LA, says they reject these reprehensible acts of violence.


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His Name Was Philando Castile – News With Mary Dixon

A police officer near Minneapolis-St. Paul is on administrative leave after shooting to death 32 year-old Philando Castile during a traffic stop last night. Castile was a cafeteria supervisor at a Montessori school. He was also African American.

The Justice Department has launched a civil rights investigation into the police shooting death of another black man, Alton Sterling, in Baton Rouge, LA … while in Chicago, neighborhood activists are complaining about a lack of hearings on changing the oversight process for police … Donald Trump is defending that anti-Semitic meme used to criticize Hillary Clinton on his Twitter feed as ‘just a star.’ The White Sox won … the Cubs lost … and Dwyane Wade is returning to Chicago.



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