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Music lovers, get your credit cards ready.

Ravinia Festival announced its summer lineup this morning, featuring Counting Crows, Boyz II Men with Isley Brothers, Carrie Underwood and more.

As for the city’s other upcoming musical festivals, Pitchfork is set to announce its performers on Monday and the Lollapalooza lineup drops on Tuesday.

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Ald. Scott Waguespack arrives to speak at a press conference about City Council independence at City Hall on March 15, 2023.

Seizing on the lame-duck period between Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s election loss and the start of the next administration, a group of aldermen called for a special meeting next week to consider a slate of rule changes they say would bolster the City Council’s independence from the mayor’s office and “improve city governance.”

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“Ultimately, this will create a good balance of power between the legislative and the executive branch,” Ald. Jason Ervin, 28th, said at a news conference ahead of Wednesday’s City Council meeting.

The four defendants charged in the ComEd bribery scheme are, from left, consultant Jay Doherty, lobbyist and former ComEd executive John Hooker, retired lobbyist Michael McClain and former ComEd CEO Anne Pramaggiore. Photos taken on March 14, 2023, outside the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse in Chicago.

The highly anticipated trial of the so-called ComEd Four, which is expected to last up to eight weeks, will feature as many as 70 witnesses, including current and former state legislators, members of Michael Madigan’s vaunted 13th Ward political operation, and former ComEd executives and attorneys.

As the trial begins, the Tribune has compiled everything you need to know about the investigation, including the events that led to the trial, the backgrounds of key defendants and which witnesses are expected to testify.

Rev. Wheeler Parker, Emmitt Till's best friend, has just published a book, "A Few Days Full of Trouble," about his decade's long struggle to bring Till's killers and conspirators to justice.

The irony of having lived outside Justice most of his life — not to mention the twin irony of being born in a Mississippi town named Slaughter — is not exactly lost on Rev. Wheeler Parker Jr.

Purdue center Zach Edey, left, and guard David Jenkins Jr. have a laugh on the bench during a Big Ten Tournament semifinal against Ohio State on March 11, 2023, at the United Center.

How many will get out of the first weekend? It’s a question that bears watching. The last two editions of March Madness brought several Big Ten favorites to their knees, busting brackets across the nation and leading to criticism the conference is not as dominant as its coaches constantly preach.

With the spotlight on the Big Ten, here’s a look at the eight teams and their chances to still be dancing April 3 in Houston.

At El Trebol Liquors and Bar on West 18th Street in Chicago, Manuel Ornelas, left, and his brother Javier hold a photo of their father, the bar's longtime owner Samuel Ornelas, on Jan. 31, 2023. Samuel Ornelas died Jan. 28. He was fixture in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood.

The evening that Samuel Ornelas died, music from the old jukebox in his cantina stopped playing and the vintage bar stools stood empty. On Jan. 28, for the first time in nearly 50 years, El Trebol Liquors, the oldest dive bar in Pilsen, closed its doors to its faithful patrons to pay their respects to Sammy, as most people called him.

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