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The Chicago Sun-Times Editorial Board is the opinion voice of the hardest-working newspaper in America. It is headed by editorial page editor Lorraine Forte and includes Thomas Frisbie, Mary Mitchell, Lee Bey, Rummana Hussain and Ismael Pérez as members.

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A tough but necessary call on busing for CPS students

The School Board has voted in favor of a resolution directing the district to put special needs students as top priority for bus service, starting in March, if CPS can’t find enough drivers by then.

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Get to bottom of ethics probe on Rep. Marie Newman before June election

At issue is whether Newman offered a federal job to a potential 2020 primary challenger in exchange for him agreeing not to run against her.

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On Sammy Sosa, the Hall of Fame, and steroids

Sosa’s alleged steroid use kept him from getting into the Hall of Fame. But who is voted in and who is kept out is glaringly inconsistent.

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Here’s an easy way for CTA president to win over taxpayers: Show up when $26 million is at stake

City Council members griped once again this week about the absence of CTA chief Dorval Carter Jr. at a key committee meeting.

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Homework for parents: Getting students vaccinated

In some schools, vaccination rates are in the teens — or lower — a WBEZ analysis found.

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Rentable commercial kitchens could add spice to South Side restaurant scene

This plan potentially brings new commercial choices to the South Side, while showing there is a future for vacant, city-owned buildings.

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Lawmakers’ pet projects should have to pass public scrutiny

The state’s $45 billion in capital projects through the Rebuild Illinois initiative in 2019 included $4 billion in pork-barrel projects that were slipped in without any public input, the BGA reported.

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Embattled U.S. postmaster Louis DeJoy is still hanging on to his job

Amazingly, he might not be shown the door. That’s bad for the postal service and for Americans who depend on affordable, reliable mail delivery.

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Congress must enact strong climate legislation — now

The Earth is in what scientists say is the last decade in which there is an opportunity to ward off the worst effects of rising temperatures. Averting climate disaster should be a bipartisan issue.

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Democracy needs votes of support from every American

Even after voting rights legislation failed in the Senate, the fight for democracy and the right of every American to cast a ballot must go on.

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Justice Neil Gorsuch, the anti-masker on the Supreme Court

When a Harvard Law School graduate sitting on the highest court of the land refuses to protect a vulnerable co-worker from a deadly virus, it tragically illustrates the crippling arrogance and selfishness that has infected the country.

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City IG’s report finds truth was a casualty of botched raid at home of Anjanette Young

In its handling of the aftermath of the CPD raid, Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s administration fell short on promises her administration would be transparent and truthful.

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To save Chicago trees, get forestry advisory board in place

An effective advisory board could ensure all departments of the city use best practices to protect Chicago’s tree canopy. It also could give residents confidence the city will explore every alternative when considering whether a tree needs to come down.

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Get anti-crime laws right before putting them on the books

Focus on measures that actually make people safe.

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The best way to honor King: Pass federal voting rights laws

The future of our democracy demands no less.

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Supreme Court ruling against Biden’s workplace vaccine mandate is a loss for public health

The six conservative justices wrote that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration exceeded its authority when it imposed the mandate as a "blunt instrument" last fall. Blunt instruments are sometimes needed.

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Only bold action will keep the momentum going to reform DCFS

A judge issued a third contempt of court order against the state’s top child welfare official regarding psychiatric placements of troubled children. It is, as one legislator says, a "wake-up call."

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Shedd’s plans for rebirth are a sign that Chicago, even with its troubles, is still great

When museums and cultural institutions double down on their investments — especially now — it’s a reminder that this city still has worth and value.

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For kids’ sake, end the recurring labor strife in Chicago schools

Students and parents deserve better than another future circus of bitterness, misinformation, media posturing, finger-pointing and, as happened this time around, personal insults. Chicago deserves better too.

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America is flunking its COVID testing

The country needs to do a better job of making tests available and producing results in a timely manner.

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Public libraries are stepping up to save lives amid the opioid epidemic

The Chicago Department of Public Health and the Chicago Public Library will make Narcan, an overdose reversal medication, available at 14 branches in areas devastated by drug overdoses.

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The Illinois legislature needs a new watchdog now

Once again, the post of legislative inspector general is vacant.

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The sorry outcome when CPS gave its bus companies millions in pandemic relief funds

The companies made out like bandits, pocketing the money meant to keep them from laying off drivers. We have to wonder how much this may have led to the crippling driver shortages this year.

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Thank you, Dale Clevenger, for gifting Chicago audiences with your heart and talent

Dale Clevenger dedicated 47 years of his life as principal horn for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and shared his top-tier knowledge of music and performance with friends, colleagues and future generations of musicians.

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Biden’s forceful Jan. 6 speech set the tone for saving democracy

Biden didn’t let the coup attempt’s plotters and enablers off the hook, including Donald Trump.

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The battles between CPS and CTU are doing one thing: Eroding trust in our schools

Parents may blame one side or the other — or not — but most of them are likely sick and tired of the battles between the district and the teachers union. And rightly so.

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Bobby Rush turns the page to a new chapter

Congressman Rush’s three decades in public life took him from Black Panther leader to alderman to congressman.

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Keep up the fight against anti-vaccine nonsense

Whether twisted facts or outright falsehoods, vaccine misinformation has already done enough damage among the skeptical.

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Protect Illinois law that protects our identities

Opponents are lining up against Illinois’ pioneering Biometric Privacy and Information Act, which protects consumers against misuse of digitally stored identifiers such as thumbprints, retinas, irises and faces.

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A burning issue: Building more natural gas power plants hurts the environment

Creating construction jobs and providing returns for investors are not good reasons for going that route.

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Ten good things that happened in 2021

From the insurrection to deadly tornadoes to the pandemic, what’s been good about 2021? Here are some happier memories.

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How to spend New Year’s Eve at home

It might not be the most memorable end-of-the-year party you’ve ever had, but your lampshades will all be intact in the morning.