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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.
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.
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.
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.
Holiday Getaway - News With Mary DixonIt's go time for holidays: today and tomorrow are expected to be the busiest days at the airports, while the US Postal Service expects this to be their busiest for package deliveries ... Mayor Emanuel used private e-mail accounts to discuss city business. He released thousands of messages to settle a lawsuit brought by the Better Government Association ... Anti-violence activists demonstrated outside the mayor's house last night, while interfaith groups urged Governor Rauner to ease his opposition to welcoming Syrian refugees to Illinois ... President-elect Trump says the Christmas market attack in Berlin has proven him right on his proposal to stop Muslims from entering the US ... North Carolina lawmakers have failed to repeal their anti-LGBT bathroom law ... Obamacare has hit record enrollment numbers for the coming year ... The Bulls lost to the Wizards ... It'll be partly sunny and in the upper-30s today.
Berlin Attack, Chicago Caution - News With Mary DixonChicago police have stepped up their presence around the downtown Christkindlmarket after the suspected terror attack in Berlin. Officials say it's a precaution. At least a dozen people died in the truck attack in Germany yesterday. ... Former Mayor Richard M Daley is expected to give a deposition next month on accusations of police torture of criminal suspects under former commander Jon Burge. ... Russian, Turkish and Syrian leaders are meeting to discuss the Syrian civil war ... one day after a Turkish policeman shot and killed Russia's ambassador to Turkey. President-elect Trump is blaming both attacks on Islamist terrorists. His transition team offered no source for the assertion. He won yesterday's electoral college vote. ... UPDATE Illinois State Police are still clearing a number of accidents from northbound I-55. A fatal accident involving two semis shut it down this morning at Route 53. ... The Bulls beat the Pistons. ... It's a blustery day, with blowing snow and temperatures going back up to the 30s.
Winter Weather Advisory Begins At Noon - News With Mary DixonIt's going to be a real wintry weekend, with a Winter Weather Advisory starting at noon and several inches of snow expected through tonight ... President Obama is promising payback for Russia's suspected hacking into the US presidential election. The Kremlin calls it "nonsense." ... Facebook plans to fight fake news by recruiting fact checking groups and making it easier for users to report bogus stories ... President-elect Trump's "thank you" tour goes to Florida tonight ... Two people are recovering from what's believed to be a gas explosion in a home in Homer Glen ... A federal jury has awarded 22-million dollars to a former Chicago gang member who was wrongfully convicted of a double murder; he claims Chicago police framed him ... The Blackhawks won in New York ... the Bulls lost in Milwaukee.
Trump Puts Off Biz Conflict Talk, Tabs Tillerson & Perry - News With Mary DixonPresident-elect Donald Trump has postponed a news conference on how he plans to hand off his businesses to his children rather than place them in a blind trust ... (UPDATE) He's named ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as his Secretary of State, and NBC News reports former Texas Governor Rick Perry is being picked for Energy Secretary. As a Republican presidential candidate in 2011, Perry wanted to eliminate the Energy Department and then famously forgot it during a debate ... Chicago aldermen have given preliminary approval to five-million dollars in settlements to two police shooting cases ... Authorities have used dental records to identify atheism activist Rob Sherman as the victim of a weekend small plane crash in McHenry County ... Chicago's pro teams were off last night. Tonight, the Bulls host Tom Thibodeau's Timberwolves and the Blackhawks play in New York ... We'll get some light snow this morning and high temperatures in the teens, before serious wind chills start kicking in tonight.
There Goes The American Dream - News With Mary DixonThe odds are dropping that an American child will grow up to earn more than their parents. Stanford researchers estimate just half the kids born in the 1980s will do that, compared to 92% of the children born in the 1940s ... President-elect Trump's nominee for Labor Secretary is an opponent of raising the minimum wage and the Affordable Care Act ... Chicago residents may get a break on their garbage bill if they recycle. The Sun Times reports City Hall is exploring ways to boost a dismal recycling rate ... Severe winter storms are socking the upper Midwest, the Pacific Northwest and the deep South ... The country is mourning the death of John Glenn - the first American to orbit the earth, a longtime US Senator, and the oldest man to go into space has died at the age of 95 ... The Stones' Mick Jagger is celebrating the birth of his eighth child ... The Cubs World Series trophy is going on tour, starting today at the team's new store on Michigan Avenue ... Dexter Fowler is going to Saint Louis ... the Bulls beat the Spurs ... It'll be cloudy and cold today with high temperatures in the mid-20s.
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Drowsy Driving As Dangerous As DUI - News With Mary DixonIf you got less than seven hours of sleep and need to drive somewhere, GO BACK TO BED! New research from AAA and the CDC finds the risk of sleepy drivers getting into an accident is about the same as the risk for drunk drivers … (UPDATE) The CTA Green and Pink lines are running normally again, after nearly 5 hours of disruption. A man was walking on the tracks near Morgan before Chicago police persuaded him to come down ... The University of Chicago is investigating at least one neo-Nazi flyer posted on campus. Two Marist High School seniors are suing the Southwest Side school after being expelled for being part of a racist group text last month during protests in the Mount Greenwood neighborhood … The World Series champion Cubs are hiking ticket prices by about 20-percent for the 2017 season. The Tribune reports the team is trying to schedule a White House visit before President Obama leaves office … The Bulls lost to the TrailBlazers … tonight the Blackhawks host the Coyotes … It’ll be cloudy today with temperatures in the mid-30s.

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