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    Comparing Trump and Obama’s Inauguration Day crowd sizes

    WASHINGTON — Photos and news footage appear to show that more people attended President Obama’s 2009 inauguration than President Trump’s 2017 inauguration. The New York Times says the Inauguration Day images they compared were “captured 45 minutes before each oath of office.” The photos suggest there was a significantly smaller crowd on the National Mall for Trump than for Obama. Comparing the crowds at Donald Trump’s and Barack Obama’s inaugurations — The New York Times (@nytimes) January 20, 2017 The […]

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    Taraji P. Henson buys out Chicago movie theater for showing of ‘Hidden Figures’

    CHICAGO — Actress Taraji P. Henson is buying out a Chicago movie theater this weekend to share her new film “Hidden Figures” will people who may not be able to afford tickets. The free screening will be at AMC Ford City Mall, 7601 South Cicero Ave., at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis at the theater the day of the screening. Henson’s “Hidden Figures” co-star Octavia Spencer also did something similar earlier this week — […]

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    Read the full text of President Donald Trump’s Inauguration Day speech

    WASHINGTON — After being sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, President Donald Trump delivered his Inaugural Address. Here is the full text of that address: Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you. We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to restore its promise for all of our people. Together, we will determine […]

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    Want to get away? Here are 3 cruise deals

    Stewart the Cruise Guy shared some great deals for a spring getaway. Princess Cruises’ Regal Princess 7-night Eastern or Western Caribbean cruises from Ft Lauderdale to Amber Cover, St John/ St Thomas and St Maarten OR Princess Cays (private beach), Grand Cayman, Costa Maya and Cozumel Prices were from $1599 PP NOW from $699 PP Royal Caribbean’s new Harmony of the Seas or Allure of the Seas 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean from Ft Lauderdale with stops at Nassau, St […]

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    Watch Pablo Francisco do at least 12 celebrity impressions in 3 minutes

    One of our favorite WGN Morning News guests comedian Pablo Francisco stopped by Thursday. Basically when he visits, we let him say whatever he wants — and he did not disappoint. His celebrity impressions were spot-on and ranged from Busta Rhymes to Arnold Schwarzenegger to Mark Wahlberg.   He’s performing tonight through Sunday at the Improv at Woodfield Mall in Chicago.

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    Woman battling cancer from viral dance video dies

    DALLAS — A Texas mother battling cancer, who danced her way into the hearts of millions, has died. According to KDFW, Ana-Alecia Ayala passed away Wednesday after fighting uterine sarcoma for more than a year. Back in October, Ayala posted a video to Facebook and Instagram of her and her “chemo buddy” Danielle Andrus dancing to the song “Juju On That Beat” by Zay Hilfigerrr and Zayion McCall. Since the video was posted, it has been viewed over 9 million times. “We want to show […]

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    Illinois woman says bacon helped her celebrate 109 years

    MARSHALL, Ill. — A 109-year-old woman from southern Illinois has some advice for living a long life. “I never smoked a cigarette in my life, I never drank liquor in my life, and I had one husband for 43 years,” said Ruth Benjamin. “And I love bacon! Ruth just celebrated her 109th birthday. She was born in 1908 as one of her parents’ six children. Later in life, she worked at Quakemaid in Terre Haute for 43 years. Her doctor says […]

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    Mother charged after girl, 5, accidentally shoots self

    CHICAGO — The mother of a 5-year-old girl is in custody after her daughter accidentally shot herself. Larrinata Starks, 22, faces a count of misdemeanor child endangerment. It happened at about 8 p.m. Tuesday in East Garfield Park. The girl was inside a house in the 3700 block of West Ferdinand Street when she shot herself with a handgun. Her family took her to the hospital where she remains in serious condition. No word yet on who owned the gun and if […]

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    Illinois Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky skipping Trump inauguration

    CHICAGO — Illinois Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky is joining the growing number of politicians who will not be attending Donald Trump’s inauguration. Schakowsky released a statement saying she is protesting a president who used “bigotry, fear and lies to win an election that was tainted by foreign interference and voter suppression.” Instead, Schakowsky plans to attend the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday. Other Illinois lawmakers not attending the inauguration include Representatives Dan Lipinski, Mike Quigley and Luis Gutierrez. There are […]

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    Free rides on Navy Pier Centennial Wheel for limited time today

    CHICAGO — Navy Pier is going to offer free rides Wednesday on its new Centennial Ferris wheel. The free rides start at 10 a.m. The first 1,700 guests in line will take the ride. It all ends at noon. Navy Pier says they will offer more free ride days throughout the year. The new Ferris wheel has temperature-controlled gondolas, padded seats, TV screens and speakers.