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EDITORIAL: Imagine an America in which every child starts off on the right foot

Children learn from the moment they’re born, and kindergarten is too late to play catch-up. More high-quality early learning programs are essential.

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EDITORIAL: A case so bizarre that only a special prosecutor can sort it out

A judge made the right decision to appoint a special prosecutor who will weigh whether the integrity of the Cook County state’s attorney’s office was compromised in the Jussie Smollett investigation.

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EDITORIAL: Illinois must green up as Trump continues to trash the environment

Gov. J.B. Pritzker and state lawmakers need to roll up their sleeves and put Illinois on a path toward cleaner energy before it’s too late.

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EDITORIAL: Two cops shouldn’t be blamed for stupidity all around in 111th Street shooting

Any "reasonable officer" in the same position, as COPA states, "would have believed the use of deadly force was necessary to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or another."

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EDITORIAL: Face the music — rare piping plovers must be protected

In the battle over a Montrose Beach concert, the endangered piping plover is just one bird species that could be threatened.

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EDITORIAL: Cut costs before slamming Chicagoans with higher taxes

As Laurence Msall of the Civic Federation says, "Chicago residents are dealing with property tax and fee fatigue. In order to have public confidence, there has to be a sign that something has dramatically changed."

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EDITORIAL: The latest evidence against police in Chicago schools

Chicago Public Schools need more strategies that don’t rely on handcuffs, Tasers and arrests to manage student misbehavior.

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EDITORIAL: Take a stand for vigilance and untainted elections

No one should try to gain political advantage by looking the other way when hostile powers try to undermine American independence by tilting our electoral playing field.

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EDITORIAL: Chicago parking enforcement must be fair and equitable to all

Many Chicagoans believe the whole system is nothing but a money grab aimed at the wallets of people who can least afford to pay.

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EDITORIAL: Teacher pension ‘spiking’ is back — and we’ll all pay

A state that is shackled by unfunded pension debt has no business adding to it unless it simultaneously comes up with new revenue to pay for the increased benefits.

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EDITORIAL: Mayor Lightfoot and the FOP — rumor has it she just made a big rookie mistake

When a mayor repeats a rumor, it gains credibility. Why else would the mayor pass it along? It bounces all over town like a pinball, regardless of any disclaimers.

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EDITORIAL: Supreme Court loudly affirms federal right to regulate gun silencers

The court’s ruling should send a message to the gun lobby and its shills in government that it’s time to end assaults on gun silencer regulations.

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EDITORIAL: Chicago’s shameful life expectancy gap

Chicago has the worst life expectancy gap in the nation — 30 years — and segregation is at the heart of the problem.

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EDITORIAL: Illinois can charge ahead on limiting auto emissions, even as Trump sells out

By joining California and other states, Illinois can help tilt any final federal agreement on auto emissions toward one that does the most to limit climate change.

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EDITORIAL: Safe Passage — a smart move in crime-fighting

A University of Illinois study found that crime fell by an average of 14% in areas around Safe Passage schools.

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Editorial: Animal welfare at Fair Oaks Farms — support the whistleblowers

Once again, an investigator posing as a worker has brought to light animal welfare abuses that a factory farm would rather you did not see.

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Editorial: Trump tariffs on Mexico threaten Illinois prosperity

If the president follows through on a threat to impose a 5% tariff on goods from Mexico, the effective tax increase on Illinois consumers and businesses will be $657.7 million a year.

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EDITORIAL: Shoppers should know if they’re buying genetically modified salmon

The company that’s bringing GMO salmon to market next year won’t have to label it as such until 2022. This is wrong; consumers have a right to know what they’re buying.

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EDITORIAL: Chicago casino planning can’t be roll of the dice

Our city won’t be the same if its casino overshadows its growing convention and tourism industry, or its thriving downtown cultural scene, lakefront, museum campus and riverwalk. That’s why every step forward must be well-thought-out — and transparent.

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Legislature fumbles chance to ‘fix the FOID,’ make streets safer

Yes, Illinois lawmakers had a lot on their plate in the last week of the spring session. But a lot of heartbreaking shootings will take place before they get another crack at passing this commonsense gun control bill.

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EDITORIAL: From ‘impasse’ to ‘get it passed,’ Illinois surges with stunning legislative session

To understand the historic significance of what transpired, look past marijuana and gambling. Look, instead, at the way in which Democrats and Republicans worked together.

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In Chicago, hustling for a bribe is serious work

The whole point of extortion is to get rich easy. But some people, as it turns out, are rude and unappreciative about being extorted. They drag it out.

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EDITORIAL: A progressive tax is a fairer tax — and now it’s up to you to make it happen

Get ready for a 16-month barrage of half-truths, or worse, from anti-tax conservatives desperate to convince voters that a graduated income tax is a terrible idea.

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EDITORIAL: Lessons from promising kids a free college ride

If we give young people a leg up and something meaningful to work toward, many will rise to the challenge.

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EDITORIAL: Understated Mueller urges Americans to fight for their democracy

The special counsel sought to refocus our attention on the alarming findings turned up by the investigation he led. Too many of us have been content to rely on misleading or false shorthand summaries from President Donald Trump.

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EDITORIAL: No Illinois lawmaker should take a dime from the video gambling industry

Voters deserve to have public policy set by legislators who aren’t getting cash from one side of the debate.

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EDITORIAL: On this Memorial Day, honor our fallen soldiers by opposing war with Iran

No one has demonstrated a good argument for going to war, yet we are witnessing incidents that could become provocations for potentially disastrous hostilities.

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EDITORIAL: Trump’s constant immigration abuses call for public outrage

America has lost its moral compass on immigration. Desperate people, guilty of nothing more than being here illegally, or fleeing violence and poverty to find a better life, are treated like hardened criminals.

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EDITORIAL: Fight back against Trump’s attack on unions and home health care workers

The administration’s new Medicaid rule is insidiously discriminatory by targeting low-wage workers in a field dominated by women and minorities.

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EDITORIAL: ‘Adversity score’ gives kids from tough worlds a fairer shot at college

The College Board’s new rating gives colleges more context to judge an applicant’s test scores and grades. We support it.

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EDITORIAL: ‘Fix the FOID Act’ bill could have saved lives in Aurora

None of the modest measures being proposed in this legislation would impose an undue burden on anybody’s Second Amendment rights. But they might have saved the lives of five people in Aurora on Feb. 15, 2019.

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EDITORIAL: What will it take for government to put the environment first?

Studies keep rolling in that say climate change is a crisis. But you’d never know it from the foot-dragging in Springfield and Washington.