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Here are the stories we're following today:
• Friday marks one year since former Gov. Rod Blagojevich walked into the Englewood Federal Prison in Littleton, Colo. His release date? May 2024.
• Jury selection is expected to begin today in federal court in Chicago in the trial of Cook County Commissioner Bill Beavers. He's charged with failure to pay taxes on $225,000 in campaign money he used to gamble at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond.
• The CTA wants to raise one-way train rides by 75 cents. It's an effort to get riders to use a new payment card beginning this summer that tacks on a transfer fee, whether you use it or not. There's a public hearing tonight at CTA headquarters.
• The Wells Street Bridge opened to train traffic today right on schedule with the mayor taking the Brown line to work.
• The Sun-Times' Lynn Sweet reports Attorney General Lisa Madigan has a big fundraiser set a week from today. Speculation is swirling over a potential challenge to Gov. Pat Quinn in next year's Democratic primary.
• And fear not Blackhawks fans after a second straight loss. After an incredible 24-game run, Rick Morrissey writes: "When you've been spoiled the way the team has spoiled this city, you tend to think the supply of success is endless." The team gets a much deserved three-day break.
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