There are two basic facts of life that all residents of Chicago have grudgingly come to accept: the Cubs will never make it to another World Series as long as the team is owned by the Tribune Co., and heavy snow will add to our winter misery.In December, Chicago was socked with a 14-inch blizzard that brought the city to its knees, only to be followed up two days later with a 5-inch uppercut that put residents down for the count. More than 75% of all flights to and from O'Hare International Airport were cancelled on the first day of the storm. Several subway cars and commuter trains derailed, and countless fender-benders piled up on the area's freeways and streets.

The storm was nothing out of the ordinary for long-time residents of the Windy City. Nevertheless, it created havoc for commuters, particularly those who ride Metra commuter trains who were unaccustomed to the number of trains that were either delayed or cancelled outright.

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