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By Mary Dixon

Our electric bills are going up. State regulators have approved a rate hike for Com Ed. Crain’s reports it will raise an average household’s bill by about $2 a month. Today, Governor Rauner is set to sign into law a big energy bill that will further raise rates to help keep two of parent company Exelon’s downstate nuclear plants open … The governor and legislative leaders are still arguing over a budget … Cook County deputies are searching for an inmate who slipped out of her handcuffs and out of the Markham courthouse … Vice President-elect Pence says the Trump administration has a mandate and is calling on conservatives to help pass an ambitious agenda … The non-partisan Urban Institute warns that repealing the Affordable Care Act would uninsure about 30-million people … (UPDATE) President-elect Trump is Time Magazine’s Person of the Year.  The New York Times reports former Republican nominee-turned-lobbyist Bob Dole is the one who facilitated that unprecedented phone call with Taiwan’s president … Rebels in Syria are calling for a five-day ceasefire to get civilians out of Aleppo … A strong earthquake has killed nearly 100 people in Indonesia … It’s the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor … The Blackhawks shut out the Coyotes … the Bulls lost in Detroit … (UPDATE) The Cubs are close to trading Jorge Soler for the Royals closer Wade Davis, and the Sox are trading Chris Sale to Boston for prospects … It’ll be cloudy and cold today with temperatures in the upper-20s.


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