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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 Tom McNamee and includes Thomas Frisbie, Lorraine Forte, Marlen Garcia and Mary Mitchell as members.

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Limits on use of pot in public are all about getting this new freedom right

Illinois is still working through this social experiment. Why push it?

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An $8 million question: Why won’t Illinois get serious about beating back Asian carp?

Michigan has offered Illinois serious money to get started on a project to block the invasive fish, which threaten Lake Michigan’s ecosystem.

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Lightfoot put her foot in her mouth, but we’re still wary of Uber

If the ride hail service’s proposed tax plan is so much better for Chicago, why is City Hall so hard to convince?

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Once recreational pot is legal in Chicago, beware of overly harsh penalties for abuses

It will make no sense for cops to confiscate somebody’s car because they found a bag of weed, or to impose a $500 fine for smoking in public.

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Patriotism prevails on first day of Trump impeachment hearings

If the hearings continue on in this way, with a parade of people of such obvious high character testifying, we just might see a pronounced erosion in Trump’s public support.

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Lessons from The Daily Northwestern’s apology for doing good journalism

College journalists are under pressure because campus groups don’t necessarily appreciate the basic practices and standards of what is newsworthy.

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Hey, Luis Arroyo and Ed Burke, even your party pals know your time is up

Even as the Legislature considers new measures to hold public corruption in check, Arroyo and Burke are hanging in there, playing the game of old-school Democratic Party bosses.

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Paige Dotson’s father saved lives, but the military reneged on her college aid

The government should quit the games and pick up the college tab for military families who sincerely thought they were following the rules. This is about rewarding soldiers, not making work for lawyers.

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Cook County Land Bank must serve neighborhoods, not City Hall insiders

The Land Bank is a legitimate tool of urban renewal. One fishy deal is not enough reason to kick the whole program to the curb.

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Our national parks are about waterfalls and dunes, not food trucks and Amazon deliveries

Just as the Indiana Dunes finally has achieved national park status, Washington insiders are trying to cash in on the natural treasure and other parks, too.

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Healthy teachers calling in sick still a problem, though CPS got a key fact wrong

The real rate of increase in teachers calling in sick wasn’t 150%, but a considerably more modest 27%, CPS now tells us.

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Help Wanted: A new top cop for Chicago

Our job description includes reducing violent crime rates even more — keep the progress going — and improving CPD’s abysmal clearance rate — solve more crimes.

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Trump’s ruinous environmental policy on display in Illinois . . . and everywhere else

Our state and city should put up as big a bulwark as possible against the president’s attacks on all things green.

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Chicago teachers’ abuse of sick days should leave us all feeling ill

The teachers’ excessive use of sick days has created a problem for the schools at a time when it is increasingly difficult to line up substitute teachers.

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Politicians have no business blocking critics on Twitter and Facebook

An elected official who blocks dissenting views on social media is guilty of government censorship.

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Nobody should have to die because a hospital turns an ambulance away

Some of Chicago’s top hospitals go on "ambulance bypass" for thousands of hours a year. The state Legislature, or the governor’s office, needs to figure out why.

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If Twitter can stand up for truth and fairness, so can Facebook

Political ads on social media are fine, even at times a public service, if vetted for accuracy and decency. Facebook has no excuses for failing to make distinctions.

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Teachers, you won. Show us our kids have won, too

Let’s see how this pans out over the next few years. Let’s see if test scores and graduation rates continue to improve. Let’s see, that is to say, whether the teachers deliver.

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Today is the day for CTU and CPS, Sharkey and Lightfoot, to end this strike

Yes, we know emotions are running high and both sides are inclined to dig in. The mayor especially needs to keep her cool. So does the CTU president.

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Real reform in Springfield takes FBI raids, secret recordings and people going to prison

The state Senate and House may tighten restrictions on legislators working as lobbyists. Isn’t that nice?

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Growing cloud of corruption shouldn’t slow action on green energy bill

Legislators have a chance to move Illinois toward a greener energy future, so they need to overcome their fears about subpoenas delivered to ComEd.

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When teachers strike so they can teach kids less, something is wrong

Chicago finally got a longer school day in 2012. There can be no going back.

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Smart cops know better when Donald Trump does his Dirty Harry routine

The president said almost nothing Monday in Chicago about what really drives crime here and in every other big city, small town and rural crossroads. Rightfully, many police chiefs sat on their hands.

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Math so fuzzy, CTU members would be embarrassed to teach it

Yes, Mayor Lori Lightfoot stumbled by not revealing a key detail about her 2020 City Hall budget. But that doesn’t mean CTU’s numbers add up, either.

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Donald Trump’s dangerous stupidity — and a city that deserves better

Trump is at war with everything that’s best about Chicago and our country — values like honesty, integrity, decency, compassion and a fair shake.

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EDITORIAL: Three ways to build a better Illinois, Chicago in state Legislature’s veto session

A graduated real estate transfer tax for Chicago, new Chicago casino rules and the consolidation of suburban and downstate police and fire pension systems should top the agenda.

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Kim Foxx goes easier on low-level offenders, and that looks like justice in Cook County

Throwing the book at thousands of low-level, non-violent offenders does nothing to make our streets safe or help those offenders turn their lives around.

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As teachers strike, the grim reality of Chicago’s finances sets in

Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s budget includes no property tax increase, but only because she is banking on help from state lawmakers. It also counts on new revenue and savings from cuts and efficiencies that — with all respect, mayor — we’ll believe when we see.

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Justice should be blind, but not confused

The difficulty of getting clear-cut criminal justice statistics and accurate records on individuals is a problem that pervades our state.

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We had to go pink to sound the alarm about breast cancer

In Illinois, an estimated 11,560 women will be diagnosed with the disease this year.

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Pilsen college dorm filled a need, and we hope to see a similar concept again

After a seven-year run, the La Casa dorm closed its doors for good at the end of the semester last spring.

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While teachers strike, student-athletes are benched — and every student pays a price

We are sometimes reassured that a short strike does no measurable harm. We can’t agree.