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One reporter’s decades-long dance with Mike Madigan

Politicians calculate what they say and do. Journalists turn what they say and do into stories. And every now and then they interact like normal human beings. 

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Kasper knows baseball is a sport that still can be savored on radio

Real fandom — the deep-seated kind that becomes part of your persona — starts when you’re young and, as Len Kasper can attest, stays with you forever.

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A salute to election officials who, contrary to Trump’s claim, are making sure every vote is counted

Reversing the flow of this presidential election, as engineers famously did with the Chicago River in 1887, is the ultimate pipe dream. 

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Two Chicagos, set apart even today by segregation, must become one whole city

Is the answer some type of reparations? Perhaps. But only as part of a long-term integration and equalization plan.

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As a CPS grandparent, I’m so saddened by how remote learning has been bungled in Chicago 

Remote learning in Chicago last spring was a bad joke. Teachers in New York offered twice as much live interactional learning and gave assignments that were twice as challenging,

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Six ways Mayor-elect Lightfoot can stay true to her good-government promises

Thousands of loyal Chicagoans stand ready, willing and able to support Lightfoot as she reinvents Chicago government.

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Andy Shaw: To curb Chicago gun violence, look closely at NY plan

To curb gun violence, city needs to look at more than tougher sentencing.

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Andy Shaw: Again and again, public officials resist ethics rules

Resistance to independent oversight is commonplace among state and local officials in both parties

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Andy Shaw: No more hiding public business in private emails

We can’t let them hide conversations that affect our lives and our tax dollars in personal email accounts that are often inaccessible.

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Andy Shaw: New plan to save Illinois takes ‘courage and patience’

The ultimate threat, the report adds, is a crisis so severe government will be unable to function.