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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.
Learn more about the “ComEd Four.”
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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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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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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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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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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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