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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, Mary Mitchell, Lee Bey and Ismael Pérez as members.

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Stop the stall. Enact a strong pro-climate energy bill for Illinois

House speaker and Senate president need to step up before time runs out.

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A chance for an historic win on immigration reform — if only Democrats will hang tough

A measure to grant permanent legal status to young people brought to our country illegally years ago would be perfectly appropriate in a proposed $3.5 trillion federal budget package.

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Thanks, Rizz, Kris and Javier. Chicago will never forget 2016

Today, as three more core members of that great and thoroughly entertaining World Series team move on, we’d just like to say farewell and thank you. You broke the Cubbie curse.

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Federal law should ban suspending driver’s licenses because of unpaid fees and fines

Driver’s licenses are issued to ensure that motorists drive safely. They should not be suspended for other reasons.

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Earth gets a boost from suburban Chicago mayors

Acting together, mayors can help offset inaction in Congress and the Legislature.

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Enough with the nonsense. Every government and business should require the vaccine

Do what it takes to protect the country. Offices, schools, factories and other workplaces should all make the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory.

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Four cops put the lie to Republican claims of non-violent ‘patriots’ at Capitol insurrection

The purpose of the House select committee hearings is to get to the bottom of what really happened on Jan. 6. That mission began on Tuesday in a powerful way.

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CPS is rehiring Aramark, a firm with a track record of failure at keeping schools clean

The district says it will limit Aramark’s authority. But this is a firm that managed custodial services at a time when dozens of schools were found to be filthy.

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President Biden should undo Trump’s assault on our nation’s natural wonders

Protections should be restored for the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments in southern Utah and the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument in the Atlantic Ocean.

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The radical notion of a 4-day workweek

In a major study out of Iceland, workers who switched to a four-day week, at the same pay, were, not surprisingly, happier. They were also just as productive, sometimes more so.

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Spotless ethics needed at the Board of Review

With so much power, the commissioners should be absolutely aboveboard.

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Stand against corruption by giving the legislative inspector general true independence

There is nothing improper in trying to increase transparency in Springfield.

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An Rx for the South Side? Mega development approved for former Reese hospital site

Bronzeville Lakefront is the type of large-scale investment needed to bring back long-neglected South and West side neighborhoods.

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Another report blasts police actions during George Floyd unrest

The report is further proof of the need for massive change at the $1.7 billion city agency.

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If aldermen are to be responsible for constituent services, they need control over ward superintendents

The position is critical to the ward, and aldermen should have the ability to complain about superintendents who are not doing a good job.

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The ‘pandemic of the unvaccinated’ affects all of us

Legions of the "vaccine resistant" have ready access to the shot. But instead of listening to public health experts who know best, they choose to believe dangerous anti-vaccine nonsense.

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Making a dent in the problem of preschool expulsion

A new report from the University of Illinois at Chicago has found that preschool expulsions are down, but Black students are still disproportionately more likely to be kicked out of pre-K programs.

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Chicago needs to get a lot better at recycling

Report offers recommendations. Now the city must act.

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Protecting our electronic privacy requires vigilance

After lawmakers beat off a slew of bills to gut the Biometric Information Privacy Act, someone sneakily slipped in language into a last-minute budget bill to try to gut BIPA.

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By raising funds to expand Rudy Lozano branch of the Chicago Public Library, Pilsen community is betting on itself

Having a library at the heart of a neighborhood is the most basic way to support a community, and investing in a gem that has been around for more than 30 years is a smart thing to do.

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As city’s inspector general announces departure, Lightfoot must name a skilled replacement

We’d like to see the city’s watchdog serve an additional term. But if that can’t happen, we want to see a successor as equally skilled and independent as Ferguson.

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Alzheimer’s patients deserve the full truth about Aduhelm, a $56,000 drug that probably doesn’t work

The head of the Food and Drug Administration wants an investigation into the approval of Aduhelm, and it can’t happen quickly enough.

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No good reason now to slow the delivery of property tax bills in Cook County

The bills already will be late. There’s no need to make them later.

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Park District should end holiday surge pricing for lakefront parking

The price spike unfairly burdens families who live far from the lakefront and can get there, reasonably, only by car.

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This summer, get every eligible Chicago Public Schools student vaccinated

Two months until the next school year is plenty of time to get every student 12 and older protected from COVID-19. The need is clear: Almost 32,000 Chicago children 17 and younger have contracted the disease.

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No excuse for Biden administration’s slow response to protecting ‘Dreamers’ from deportation

At least 50,000 young people have applied for deportation relief since the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was restored in full by a federal judge. But only 1.5% of those applications have been approved.

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Gov. Cuomo takes on gun violence in New York State. A model for Chicago?

By taking up the issue of violence and putting it on his back, Cuomo is taking full and public responsibility for solving the problem.

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Leave no stone unturned in bringing Mark Frerichs home

Frerichs, a civilian contractor from west suburban Lombard, is a captive of the Taliban. What little leverage the U.S. has to secure his freedom could evaporate when our nation’s military presence in Afghanistan ends.

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Supreme Court should listen and learn from Chicago’s horrific weekend of gun violence

When the high court takes up a potential landmark gun case in its next term, it should weigh heavily the practical realities of public safety.

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Make the COVID vaccine mandatory for workers in nursing homes

Just 55% of staff in the nation’s long-term care facilities have been vaccinated. There’s no good reason for any worker who is medically able to be vaccinated to refuse the shot.

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Cook County’s forest preserves need our help if they are to flourish in the future

Collar county forest preserve districts have passed multiple referendums to improve their holdings. The Forest Preserve District of Cook County never has done so.

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Another Chicago alderman allegedly runs afoul of the law: Let’s fill out the form

On Thursday, we added Ald. Carrie Austin to our file. She’s the latest alderman to run afoul of the law and, truth be told, we’re more disappointed than usual.