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The “ComEd Four” trial opened this morning with a battle over whether secret federal recordings would be released to the news media while the trial is in progress, but U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber ruled news outlets have the “right of access” and sided with them.

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In Illinois alone, the drinking water of more than 660,000 people is contaminated at levels exceeding the proposed standards. Read more here.

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Northwestern Wildcats players celebrate after being announced as the No. 7 seed in the West region of the NCAA Tournament during a Selection Sunday watch party at Welsh-Ryan Arena, March 12, 2023, in Evanston.

From resurgent office pools to online sports betting, 68 million Americans — 1 in 4 adults — are expected to wager a record $15.5 billion as the 68-team field is winnowed to one, according to the American Gaming Association. Read more here.

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Jake Burger of the Chicago White Sox gestures while rounding the bases after hitting a home run during the eighth inning of the Spring Training game against the San Diego Padres at Peoria Stadium on March 11, 2023, in Peoria, Arizona.

The Cubs come off the break with back-to-back night games against the Colorado Rockies and Cincinnati Reds. Read more here.

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Waseem Alzer, Ali Louis Bourzgui, Becca Khalil and Atra Asdou in Martin Yousif Zebari’s "Layalina."

Chicago’s Lyric Opera announced the company’s 2023-24 season today, billing the extensive slate as a “global tour of opera featuring a richly curated slate of musical events in six different languages.” Read more here.

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San Francisco Board of Supervisors President Shamann Walton delivers remarks at Civic Center Plaza in San Francisco on March 22, 2022.

A controversial draft reparations proposal that includes a $5 million lump-sum payment for each eligible Black person could make San Francisco the first major U.S. city to fund reparations. Read more here.

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