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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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Chicago can make saving the environment a priority

Bringing back the city Department of Environment would help the city do its part to fight climate change.

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The murder of a 9-year-old and the fight to end Chicago’s gun violence

Tyshawn Lee’s murder reminds us of the worst that can happen when gun violence spirals out of control.

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County clerk’s office needs federal oversight

Also, Cook County Clerk Karen Yarbrough should resign her Democratic party positions because she will run suburban elections.

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Choosing Cook County judges, Justice Ginsburg reminds us, should not be a popularity contest

It’s difficult for voters to improve the quality of the bench on their own, when there are so many candidate names.

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A ‘fair tax’ on high retirement incomes is key to ending our financial woes

Such a tax would protect the pensions of middle-class retirees while forcing higher-income retirees — who now pay nothing — to pitch in to help the state, our city, its suburbs and other municipalities.

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Don’t let the gig economy become the American economy

A California law will force ride-hail companies to treat contractors like full-time workers. We fear the law goes too far, but chiseling employers must have seen it coming.

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An easy call: No cellphones in classes in most cases

We firmly side with those schools that want to limit, or even ban, the use of cellphones in classrooms, with a few exceptions.

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Rooting for Taurus Flavors and a family legacy in Avalon Park

We sure hope Kecia Perkins gets an insurance check soon, so she can reopen her shop and get back to selling hoagies, just like her folks before her.

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Unclog Chicago’s streets and expressways, but do it wisely

All stick and no carrot would be the wrong approach.

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Billionaire Betsy and her abandonment of student loan relief for teachers, others

A government that truly cares about doing right by essential public servants would cut the red tape and give them the student loan forgiveness they deserve.

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For kids’ sakes, Illinois should ban flavored e-cigarettes

Federal officials are investigating hundreds more cases of vaping-related lung illness, and state lawmakers are considering taking action.

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Getting a handle on overtime for cops is overdue

The first step in selling a tax hike is to reassure taxpayers that the money they’re already forking over is being well spent, not wasted. That’s a hard case to make when Chicago police overtime is surging.

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Let’s remember this: The Obama Presidential Center is good for the South Side

There’s no need to stifle neighborhood development. Just steer it in the right direction.

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Where Walmart leads on guns, will others follow?

To our thinking, the lesson of Walmart is that substantial gun reform may eventually succeed in Congress, if enough puppets of the gun lobby are run out of office. Ordinary citizens can further the cause by putting pressure on corporate America.

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Lightfoot, Preckwinkle must stop feuding with each other, work together on gun violence

Even when political leaders are on the same page, it’s tough to make progress on difficult issues. As the mayor and Cook County board president remained at odds, eight people were killed in gun violence across Chicago over Labor Day weekend.

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A new day for Chicago neighborhood schools

The district’s pledge to put neighborhood schools first is a start to making Chicago’s communities stronger.

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Settle the strike at the Cambria Hotel; a year is way too long

The same strike at more than 25 other hotels ended last year, proof that organized labor and management can almost always work it out.

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Where’s the gratitude for those who serve America overseas?

The reward for some people who have lived in America for less than five years but have gone overseas to serve our nation is that their children won’t automatically be citizens.

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Mayor Lightfoot goes to Springfield, with Chicago’s future in the balance

Between now and next summer, the political acumen of Chicago’s new mayor will be tested. She needs allies from all quarters — the governor, the Democratic Senate and House leaders, the Republican minority leaders, Downstate mayors and — let us not forget — Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.

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EDITORIAL: And it’s off — Arlington racino rejection another sign new gambling law is flawed

This is exactly the sort of thing that can happen when the state Legislature moves awfully darn fast on a big bill that has many moving parts.

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EDITORIAL: Science, not e-cigarette makers, must tell the public whether vaping is safe

Manufacturers insist e-cigarettes are safe. But recent cases of serious lung illnesses and neurological symptoms associated with vaping demand answers.

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EDITORIAL: What to do about record high Lake Michigan water levels? Start by going natural

Short-sighted humans haven’t grasped the new normal, environmentalists say. Every Great Lakes state, as well as Canada, should aim to restore natural shorelines rather than create hardened stretches of concrete and rock.

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EDITORIAL: 3,500 miles from Amazon fires, Chicago is feeling the heat

What happens in the Amazon rainforest is sure to do damage to the climate and quality of life here.

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EDITORIAL: A potential death penalty problem for Illinois, brought on by the Trump administration

After a disastrous experience with the death penalty, Illinois was wise to dispense with it. But now authorities might be able do a work-around by charging defendants with federal crimes.

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EDITORIAL: The economic reality of a possible Chicago teachers’ strike

City Hall and the teachers’ union owe it to students and families to make sure a strike doesn’t happen.

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EDITORIAL: Illinois’ energy future needs sense of urgency

Some in Springfield reportedly are considering putting important energy legislation on the back burner. It’s a horrible idea, and here’s why.

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EDITORIAL: Tim Mapes, Mike Madigan and the mess in Springfield politics

A report by a former federal prosecutor lays bare the culture of intimidation and harassment under the speaker’s onetime right-hand man.

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EDITORIAL: Caging kids indefinitely is indefensible plan to stop border crossings

The Trump administration’s plan would upend a carefully crafted consent decree that has forced the government to adhere to minimum standards of care for migrant children for the last 22 years.

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EDITORIAL: Americans want new laws to curb gun violence. Why won’t Congress and Trump listen?

After Dayton and El Paso, the president boasted he would enact legislation to address gun violence. But, true to form, he again appears to be backing away from that promise.

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EDITORIAL: Sidewalk cafes, please be good neighbors and follow the rules

Citizens are filing complaints that the outdoor venues take up too much space, are too noisy and cause other problems. It’s time for them to shape up.

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EDITORIAL: The Other Chicago Loop

Ald. Edward M. Burke’s law firm found a way to profit off a city-owned parking garage at Midway Airport — another insider deal that sickens us.

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EDITORIAL: How to make sure every Chicago student has a good teacher

More than one of four schools had at least one year-long teacher vacancy last year. We have to think big to solve the problem.