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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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Living on State Street? Kindergarten on State Street? Well, why not?

State Street is poised to reimagine itself, possibly in the most comprehensive way since 1995. We asked the experts about that.

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Reinventing State Street for Chicago’s new economy

The challenge is to get it right, knowing how easy it is to get it wrong. Remember that pedestrian mall?

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Take the lead, Chicago, in running plastic pollution right out of town

Polystyrene boxes and plastic utensils at local restaurants are convenient, to be sure, but they’re trashing the local environment, including the waters of Lake Michigan.

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You shouldn’t have to wait years to learn that a product you bought might endanger your child’s life

The Safety Hazard and Recall Efficiency (SHARE) Information Act would ban businesses from going to court to keep Consumer Product Safety Commission information under wraps.

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Sanders and Warren are splitting up. That’s a good thing

The sooner there is a strong frontrunner in the Democratic primary, the better positioned he or she is to take on President Trump.

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Why people clutch their wallets when an Illinois legislator walks up the street

Who would have guessed that a lawmaker who resigns can award himself a little "exit bonus" by quitting on the first day of a month but collecting a paycheck for the whole month?

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Police use DNA to solve a 1976 murder — and now the public can help crack more cold cases

Police say they’ve determined a likely serial killer, Bruce Lindahl, raped and strangled 16-year-old Pamela Maurer. They hope this development will lead to solving other murders by Lindahl.

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While Lake Michigan pounds Chicago shore, Trump administration delays protections

The lake is claiming beachfront homes, flooding basements, submerging piers, closing parts of Lake Shore Drive and bike paths, and washing away beaches.

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How to stop Trump from jacking up electric bills and hurting our environment

If lawmakers don’t act fast, Illinois ratepayers could be shelling out an extra hundreds of millions of dollars for electricity.

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When a little boy is attacked by a coyote in our ‘City in a Garden’

Wild animals in Chicago have a lot more reason to fear us than we have to fear them, though that’s no solace at all to the little boy.

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Behind two crashes of the Boeing 737 Max — a rash of troubling internal emails

Given the scary stuff in those internal Boeing messages, we’d say investigators should take their own sweet time.

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Trump, Iran and who’s to blame for 176 deaths on a downed Ukrainian jet

As the Trump administration keeps talking tough about Iran, we can only ask, ‘Isn’t the president indirectly to blame for the loss of civilian lives?’

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Get to the truth about that ‘rape in Champaign’

An investigation is the only way to determine if this is some sort of twisted metaphor or if real crimes occurred — and if a state worker kept his job because he ‘kept his mouth shut.’

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How to make Chicago’s pot-smoking laws more fair citywide

A better ordinance wouldn’t relegate residents of black and Latino neighborhoods to smoking pot in public stairwells and gangways, inviting arrest.

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War with Iran is averted, but the danger to America goes on

There is every reason to believe that the all-out war just averted will continue to play out in indirect but bloody ways in the months to come.

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If you care about clean air and water in the Midwest, let Trump hear about it

The Trump administration has been presented with a new opportunity to finally take environmental protections seriously in the Great Lakes region.

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The fiction of Donald Trump’s tax cuts

Businesses are paying low level workers more only because states are requiring it. The trend has nothing to do with the largest onetime tax break in history for corporations and the wealthiest Americans that the president championed.

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Who should decide on the evils of red light cameras?

It would be better for Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza to ask the Legislature to pass a law prohibiting her office from collecting camera fines.

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The lives of American troops, like Spc. Henry Mayfield, are on the line

U.S. soldiers are deployed around the world, and it is comforting to believe that in most of those lands they are ‘good and safe.’ But in the asymmetrical warfare of the 21st Century, that is less true than ever.

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Other than Abe, who’s the most inspiring person in Illinois history to candidates?

There’s a lot of love out there for Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan, Harold Washington and Paul Simon. Worthy choices. But the fun in a survey such as this is in the names you might not see coming.

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America can’t go to war behind a president who can’t be trusted

Nobody should mourn the death of Gen. Qassem Soleimani. He had it coming. But where will this lead? We are led by a morally rudderless president who’s only north star is his own re-election.

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Who deserves credit for Chicago’s violent crime decrease?

Before all others, we would say former Mayor Rahm Emanuel and former police Supt. Eddie Johnson.

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A Cub, an architect, a playboy & more: Ten Chicagoans we lost in the 2010s who shaped our town

We know: A Top 10 list is pretty tough to find agreement on. But we gave it a shot. Whom did we miss? Write us at letters@suntimes.com.

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How will pot roll out in Illinois? Ask Colorado, Washington and other pioneering states

Illinois still has a big job ahead if this grand experiment in legalization is going to pan out well

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Karen Daniel, champion of the wrongly convicted, lived a life in full

"Even in my darkest hours, Karen made me feel like everything was all going to be OK," one of her clients wrote. "That justice hadn’t left me behind."

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Doing what’s best for State Street, Dirksen Building security and Chicago architecture

There’s a strange standoff going on at the corner of State and Adams.

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Candidates’ TV picks? ‘The West Wing’ and ‘The Wire’ dominate, but no ‘Boss’ or ‘The Good Wife’

Ok, this wasn’t the weightiest of questions to ask Chicago area folks running for office. But their replies offer glimpses into their influences, thought processes, personal stories and politics.

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Does the Port of Chicago have a future? A next-door neighbor makes clear it does

Indiana’s Burns Harbor has a lot to teach Chicago and Illinois about what a well-funded and modern port could mean for our city and state.

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Exodus of the ‘Ghost Ship’ could mark a sea change for the old Port of Chicago

A reborn port would be huge for the South Side, the city and the region.

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Peace on Earth, acts of kindness and Chicago

On this Christmas Day, we thought we would revisit stories of people who went out of their way for others this year, as told by Sun-Times reporters.

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The Ramova gets a lifeline — and the Avalon Regal and Central Park theaters should be next

In their prime, the theaters were neighborhood and regional gathering places. They put their communities on the map and contributed to their vitality.

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Why a diverse teaching force is a better teaching force

Students of all races benefit from having teachers of all races. In a diverse society, that’s how it should be.