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Laura Washington is a columnist at the Chicago Sun-Times.

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Burying history to protect white people’s feelings won’t work

Ron DeSantis and his GOP allies are pushing a bill in the Florida legislature that would prohibit public schools and private businesses from teaching or training about racism in ways that make white people squirm.

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For Mayor Lightfoot, one battle is done, but the war is ahead

Potential 2023 mayoral challengers, such as former U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, are already nipping at Lightfoot’s heels.

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Will Aurora Mayor Richard C. Irvin run for governor?

Billionaire Ken Griffin might be willing to plunk down a sizable chunk of his fortune to back Irvin in the Republican primary. No one will go on record, but Illinois Democrats are taking Irvin seriously.

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The Fat Nag brings a tale for 2021, and hope for 2022

Mayor Lightfoot introduced an ordinance to the City Council that would ban Chicago restaurants from automatically offering pop or other sugared drinks to kids.

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Democrats should support a qualified Black woman like Ald. Pat Dowell

Cook County Democratic Party committeepersons met behind closed doors earlier this month to choose a slate for statewide and local races.

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Latest affordable housing win in City Council strikes a blow to exclusionary policies

It’s just one modest development in a city that houses millions of people. But it’s significant.

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We must join in outrage and call out violence at every turn

The anti-snitching philosophy that prevails in too many communities cannot stand. Outsiders are not invading our communities. It’s us, and it’s on us to stop it, like Chinatown did.

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Crimes against LGBTQ community deserve thorough investigation

The vast majority of those cases receive only a glimmer of the attention Jussie Smollett has received.

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Harold Washington’s legacy matters more than ever in these troubled times

Chicago was devastated by the death of the city’s first Black mayor, whose reform agenda changed this deeply segregated city. His story is told in the documentary "Punch 9 for Harold Washington."

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Get ready, Chicago, for John Catanzara’s slash-and-burn campaign

This kindred spirit of former President Donald J. Trump will fan the flames of racism, bigotry and fear. Sadly, that’s a campaign that may appeal in some quarters of this divided and divisive city.