clock menu more-arrow no yes

Editorials

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.

Filed under:

Legislature should look at cleaner energy, criminal justice reform and pot laws in veto session

Though there are no gubernatorial vetoes in need of an override, the veto session could be used to push ahead on several big and pressing issues.

Filed under:

The simple math of ‘excess mortality’ — this pandemic kills

A powerful new study by the Centers for Disease Control reveals that the coronavirus is actually more deadly than news reports suggest.

Filed under:

A Chicago budget full of hard calls for hard times

The year ahead will tell if this budget addresses these financially-troubling times — or makes them worse for Chicagoans.

Filed under:

Delays leave suburban Cook voters wondering if their ballots will count

County clerk needs to get ballots recorded in timely manner.

Filed under:

If Latinos want a bigger say in America’s future, they must vote — in record numbers

A record 32 million Latinos are estimated to be eligible to vote in this fall’s elections, up from 27 million in 2016.

Filed under:

With COVID-19 on the rise, Americans have a right to know the details about vaccine spending

The Trump administration is doing its best to make Americans — nearly half of whom have already told pollsters that they won’t take the shot — even more skeptical of a vaccine.

Filed under:

National Museum of Mexican Art: A Chicago cultural treasure earning national recognition

If we were to listen only to those who bash immigration from Mexico, we might develop a terribly dark and false view of Mexican culture. It’s good to see a Chicago institution that is passionate about showcasing its beauty and richness.

Filed under:

How County Commissioner Bridget Degnen whipped through the revolving door to potential riches

Degnen should resign from the Cook County board or quit working as a paid consultant — and possible owner — in the recreational pot business.

Filed under:

Getting kids back in school must be America’s first priority

But right now, as best we can tell, the country is more upset about closed bars than closed classrooms.

Filed under:

A Cook County budget built to ‘weather the storm’ — but the rain had better be moving on

The coronavirus played a big part in gouging a $409.2 million hole. But Toni Preckwinkle vows to maintain services, expand healthcare and not raise property taxes.

Filed under:

Every word Donald Trump speaks is best ignored when sizing up the dangers of COVID-19

It is astounding that the president continues to downplay the deadly threat of the coronavirus, likening it to the flu.

Filed under:

Let’s finally put Chicago — not self-serving aldermen — first in redrawing the city’s wards

Going back to Chicago’s earliest days, redrawing the city’s ward map has been an insiders’ game. That has to end.

Filed under:

Don’t let drones fly away with your privacy

Legislature needs to spell our rules allowing beneficial uses without encroaching on our personal space.

Filed under:

Before voting to retain Judge Kenneth J. Wadas, consider his troubling record

Decisions by Wadas have been reversed 25 times by the Illinois Appellate Court in the past six years, nearly twice as often as the combined total of the other five criminal judges running for retention.

Filed under:

A different approach to honoring ethnic and racial pride on this Columbus Day

With Chicago’s three main Columbus sculptures on lockdown, this year’s holiday feels like a good time to reconsider the merits of all the city’s public monuments.

Filed under:

How you know the Fair Tax is good for you — consider the fat cats trying to kill it

Does anybody really believe the wealthiest people and business interests in Illinois — the folks driving the opposition to a proposed "fair tax" — are in this for the rest of us?

Filed under:

Take it from the best of American medicine: Donald Trump must go

In an unprecedented editorial, the world’s most prestigious medical journal has condemned President Trump’s hapless, dishonest and lethal mishandling of the pandemic crisis.

Filed under:

A vote for Judge Michael Toomin is a vote for integrity

Toomin is in hot water with the powers that be because he appointed a special prosecutor to investigate the handling of the case of former "Empire" star Jussie Smollett.

Filed under:

After decades of trials, an accused cop-killer goes free, leaving behind too many questions

The prosecution against Jackie Wilson ends with a longtime prosecutor getting fired and the judge castigating the prosecution.

Filed under:

ENDORSEMENT: Camille Y. Lilly for Illinois House in 78th District

Chair of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus, Lilly intends to make police reform a priority.

Filed under:

Illinois general election candidate endorsements

These are the candidates endorsed by the Sun-Times editorial board in the upcoming general election.

Filed under:

For clean water, dry basements and a better environment, we urge a vote for these three MWRD candidates

The Sun-Time endorses M. Cameron ‘Cam’ Davis, Kimberly Neely DuBuclet and Eira L. Corral Seplúveda for the board of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District

Filed under:

ENDORSEMENT: Mark Batinick for Illinois House in 97th District

We like that Batinick wants to act as a check on state spending, yet he’s not a slash-and-burn type who’d face an uphill battle against Democrats next session.

Filed under:

ENDORSEMENT: Dagmara ‘Dee’ Avelar for Illinois House in 85th District

Avelar seeks improved health care access and the rebuilding of municipal water departments. She also wants term limits on legislative leadership positions.

Filed under:

ENDORSEMENT: Laura Hois for Illinois House in 81st District

She has an impressive background in local government and the private sector as an in-house counsel to a major corporation.

Filed under:

ENDORSEMENT: Suzanne Ness for Illinois House in 66th District

Ness is willing to stand on principle and has a strong commitment to the environment and to education.

Filed under:

ENDORSEMENT: Martha Paschke for 65th Illinois House

Paschke’s smart, issues-oriented campaign should earn her a spot in the General Assembly.

Filed under:

ENDORSEMENT: Michelle Mussman for Illinois House in 56th District

Mussman emphasizes direct service to her district but she sees the bigger picture, too.

Filed under:

ENDORSEMENT: Martin J. Moylan for Illinois House in 55th District

Expect him to sponsor and support common-sense laws to prevent gun violence.

Filed under:

ENDORSEMENT: Maggie Trevor for Illinois House in 54th District

Trevor, who lost this race two years ago by 43 votes, might actually get things done in Springfield. 

Filed under:

ENDORSEMENT: Barbara Hernandez for Illinois House in 83rd District

Hernandez has managed to sponsor three modest bills, but she’s got to become more assertive and knowledgeable about the issues.

Filed under:

ENDORSEMENT: Jim Durkin for Illinois House in 82nd District

Durkin is a sensible legislator and a strong leader for his party.