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.
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.
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.