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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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Chicago should go bolder in limiting no-knock police searches

Reforms proposed by Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Police Supt. David Brown may not make much difference. Botched police raids often are not the result of bad policies but rather how those policies are carried out.

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Children crossing the border deserve fair treatment

It’s essential that the 66-acre Carrizo Springs facility — and any similar facility — be fully transparent in its operations, open to monitoring by independent watchdog groups, lawyers and the media in a way that facilities for children during the Trump administration often were not.

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Abolish the federal death penalty

The Trump administration politicized capital punishment, going on an execution spree. They accomplished nothing except to strengthen arguments against the practice.

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Investigation of Rev. Pfleger demands fairness and thoroughness, not a timetable

Our hope is that an investigation by the Archdiocese of Chicago will be impartial, complete and in no way rushed. In fairness to both Pfleger and his accusers.

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Peoples Gas program socks Chicagoans with unnecessarily high bills

It’s time to slow down an "accelerated" gas pipeline replacement effort that is pushing up bills.

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Improve Lake Shore Drive, but not at the expense of its charm

Two planned Lake Shore Drive improvements shouldn’t further threaten the character of the city’s premier road and the park space alongside it.

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Failing grades and low attendance: More proof we’d better reopen schools

Many young people, frustrated by the inadequacies of remote learning during the pandemic, have likely just given up.

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America should throw open its doors to immigrant entrepreneurs

The Biden administration should restore a rule that allows immigrants who have proven records as entrepreneurs to come and stay.

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Chicago’s pathetic mail delivery the latest sign Postmaster General Louis DeJoy must go

It’s hard to totally blame Chicago’s own postmaster when her boss, DeJoy, has spent the last year derailing the nation’s mail service.

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Buck must stop at mayor’s desk when it comes to police and schools

A single democratically elected chief executive, Chicago’s mayor, ultimately should be in charge and held accountable.

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Reappoint Cook County public defender — or find somebody who’s just as good

Amy Campanelli has been one of the most proactive and committed public defenders in the county’s history. She set the bar high.

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COVID-19 and America’s dismal slump in life expectancy

For the first time in decades, life expectancy in the United States has declined by a full year — and more, for African Americans and Latinos — due to the extraordinary death toll of the coronavirus.

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Welcoming a federal probe of General Iron, a scrap metal plant that doesn’t belong on the Southeast Side

We’re glad to see the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency stepping in to investigate the permitting of a South Deering facility.

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A failure of police work at the top during George Floyd protests marked a setback for Chicago

In a scathing 124-page report, Chicago Inspector General Joe Ferguson says officers were left "outflanked, under-equipped and unprepared."

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Pritzker’s budget takes on the only fight that matters: Against the pandemic

The most important job of state government at this time, as the governor said, is to "end the crisis as quickly as possible" and "limit the pain."

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We know from history the powerful value of conducting an exhaustive probe of the Capitol attack

An independent 9/11-style commission could tell the nation what really went down on Jan. 6, while making meaningful recommendations to keep it from happening again.

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More than ever, assault weapons are an undeniable threat to representative government

For too long, threats of physical harm have been used to intimidate lawmakers trying to do something about America’s nightmare of gun violence. The Jan. 6 insurrection will only embolden those who make such threats.

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America needs a higher federal minimum wage

The threat of job losses is not substantial enough to outweigh the benefits: lifting millions of people out of poverty and ultimately reducing income inequality.

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Acquitting Trump was a sad and terrible day for democracy

The powerful and persuasive evidence the House managers put on during Trump’s impeachment trial clearly demonstrated the former president had just one thing in mind on Jan. 6 — that somehow the violent breaching of the Capitol by his followers would open a path to a second presidential term for him.

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Illinois suffers as energy bill is delayed

The Clean Energy Jobs Act would move the state toward 100% carbon-free electricity by 2030 and 100% renewable energy by 2050, which could create jobs without spending taxpayer money and make Illinois a leader in renewable energy.

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Might sound fishy, but a new name for invasive carp could help save Great Lakes

Officials in Illinois and other states plan to rename Asian carp, which might decimate other fish species if they make it into Lake Michigan and other Great Lakes, threatening a $7 billion-a-year commercial fishing industry and a $16 billion tourism industry.

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Keep warm and look out for your neighbors during these Chicago cold snaps

We find it necessary to remind a strong city like Chicago — those low temperatures can be dangerous and deadly if the proper safety precautions are not taken.

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For the good of neighborhoods, city must fix vacant lot beautification program

We urge the city and its non-profit partners to straighten out this program so that it doesn’t become yet another broken promise to the South and West sides.

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Grant to help save 1950s Robbins home of a once-notable Black millionaire

We hope the small grant from the preservation group Landmarks Illinois helps save the tattered home and shines a new light on S.B. Fuller and his legacy.

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Finally, Chicago has a plan to reopen schools

It’s up to CPS and CTU to make sure the plan is implemented fully. Parents and students are counting on it.

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The outcome of Trump’s second impeachment trial will echo for generations

The Senate is again at a crossroads. It should send a message to future presidents that assaults on democracy will not be tolerated.

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Food depository’s new response strategy is great example of how to serve communities in need

The Greater Chicago Food Depository, which used to focus on equality when distributing funds to its partners, is focusing on equity this time around.

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‘I got the passion for teaching and never lost it’: Karen Lewis, 1953-2021

Lewis spent years reminding us of the basic truth that every young person deserves the very best education possible, no matter their race, neighborhood or family background.

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Repeal Illinois law that requires parents to be notified when a minor seeks an abortion

In too many homes, that’s just not safe or reasonable.

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A lesson for America from brave Russian dissident Alexei Navalny: Character prevails

We are inspired by the example of Alexei Navalny, a profile in courage.

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It’ll take more than a good party to reverse Chicago’s exodus of Black residents

Lightfoot’s proposal to hold a "reunion weekend" to lure back Black people who have left town feels surprisingly naive.

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What’s it mean to get that vaccine

Both vaccines now in wide use are powerfully effective, but public health experts urge all Americans to abide by the rules of wearing masks and social distancing until herd immunity is achieved.