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Mark Brown is a columnist who specializes in politics and public policy issues.

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Kyle Rittenhouse verdict: It really was self-defense no matter how reckless he was

The evidence showed he wasn’t the aggressor. That it took so long for the jury to decide that indicates some jurors found it harder than others to arrive at the conclusion.

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Acquitting Rittenhouse in Kenosha murder case would be the correct, if unjust, verdict

Before, I could see Kyle Rittenhouse being found not guilty. Now, having seen the rest of the evidence, I’d be shocked if he’s convicted of anything more than a weapons charge

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Don’t be surprised if jury accepts Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse’s self-defense claim

It’s hard — without resorting to the use of a profanity referring to a bodily orifice — to describe most of the people involved in this case.

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At Chicago City Council puzzle factory, job number one is to protect own turf

Alderpersons compete to control big developments, preserve sentimental attachments and survive in ward remap.

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In racially divisive Chicago ward remap fight, something’s got to give as deadline nears

Latinos on the council are fighting for two more seats, reflecting population growth. African Americans aim to hold onto what they have despite a population drop.

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Being homeless not for pretenders, but Sleep Out event offers unique opportunity to consider homeless experience

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‘Zombie foreclosure’ no joke for Chicago widow, 70, facing city fines for home she lost in 2008

Wanda Carter lost her house 13 years ago. City Hall ended up demolishing it. But the city is still fining thousands of dollars for not keeping up the property she hasn’t owned for years.

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Trump’s Capitol invaders should have to make a return trip to D.C. to take in the museums

We gloss over inconvenient truths about our nation’s history. Americans, white Americans especially, don’t like looking at our true past. Until we do, we’ll never move forward.

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Go, Bears! No, really, just go. Saying goodbye to the team isn’t so hard to do.

Even if they do leave Chicago, they’ll still be the source of endless exasperation, unfounded optimism, sporadic excitement — and three wasted hours on fall weekends.

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Chinatown leaders eye Daley family’s 11th Ward stronghold for first Asian American-majority city ward

A proposed redrawing of Chicago’s ward map would create that majority by combining parts of Bridgeport, Armour Square and McKinley Park in a new 11th Ward.