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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 Lorraine Forte and includes Thomas Frisbie, Mary Mitchell, Lee Bey and Ismael Pérez as members.

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To save Chicago trees, get forestry advisory board in place

An effective advisory board could ensure all departments of the city use best practices to protect Chicago’s tree canopy. It also could give residents confidence the city will explore every alternative when considering whether a tree needs to come down.

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Get anti-crime laws right before putting them on the books

Focus on measures that actually make people safe.

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The best way to honor King: Pass federal voting rights laws

The future of our democracy demands no less.

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Supreme Court ruling against Biden’s workplace vaccine mandate is a loss for public health

The six conservative justices wrote that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration exceeded its authority when it imposed the mandate as a "blunt instrument" last fall. Blunt instruments are sometimes needed.

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Only bold action will keep the momentum going to reform DCFS

A judge issued a third contempt of court order against the state’s top child welfare official regarding psychiatric placements of troubled children. It is, as one legislator says, a "wake-up call."

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Shedd’s plans for rebirth are a sign that Chicago, even with its troubles, is still great

When museums and cultural institutions double down on their investments — especially now — it’s a reminder that this city still has worth and value.

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For kids’ sake, end the recurring labor strife in Chicago schools

Students and parents deserve better than another future circus of bitterness, misinformation, media posturing, finger-pointing and, as happened this time around, personal insults. Chicago deserves better too.

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America is flunking its COVID testing

The country needs to do a better job of making tests available and producing results in a timely manner.

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Public libraries are stepping up to save lives amid the opioid epidemic

The Chicago Department of Public Health and the Chicago Public Library will make Narcan, an overdose reversal medication, available at 14 branches in areas devastated by drug overdoses.

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The Illinois legislature needs a new watchdog now

Once again, the post of legislative inspector general is vacant.

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The sorry outcome when CPS gave its bus companies millions in pandemic relief funds

The companies made out like bandits, pocketing the money meant to keep them from laying off drivers. We have to wonder how much this may have led to the crippling driver shortages this year.

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Thank you, Dale Clevenger, for gifting Chicago audiences with your heart and talent

Dale Clevenger dedicated 47 years of his life as principal horn for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and shared his top-tier knowledge of music and performance with friends, colleagues and future generations of musicians.

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Biden’s forceful Jan. 6 speech set the tone for saving democracy

Biden didn’t let the coup attempt’s plotters and enablers off the hook, including Donald Trump.

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The battles between CPS and CTU are doing one thing: Eroding trust in our schools

Parents may blame one side or the other — or not — but most of them are likely sick and tired of the battles between the district and the teachers union. And rightly so.

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Bobby Rush turns the page to a new chapter

Congressman Rush’s three decades in public life took him from Black Panther leader to alderman to congressman.

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Keep up the fight against anti-vaccine nonsense

Whether twisted facts or outright falsehoods, vaccine misinformation has already done enough damage among the skeptical.

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Protect Illinois law that protects our identities

Opponents are lining up against Illinois’ pioneering Biometric Privacy and Information Act, which protects consumers against misuse of digitally stored identifiers such as thumbprints, retinas, irises and faces.

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A burning issue: Building more natural gas power plants hurts the environment

Creating construction jobs and providing returns for investors are not good reasons for going that route.

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Ten good things that happened in 2021

From the insurrection to deadly tornadoes to the pandemic, what’s been good about 2021? Here are some happier memories.

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How to spend New Year’s Eve at home

It might not be the most memorable end-of-the-year party you’ve ever had, but your lampshades will all be intact in the morning.

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Confronting the soaring suicide rate among America’s young people

All of us — health care providers, teachers, bosses, neighbors, friends and family members — have a role to play in reversing this alarming trend.

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On New Year’s Eve, don’t invite Omicron and Delta to the party

To stay safe, everyone’s best bet is to stay home and pop the champagne with members of our households.

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Changing slaveholder school names is a chance to confront history

Ideally, CPS — and the city — would seize the moment as a chance for Chicagoans to delve deeply into the truth about our country’s ugly legacy of slavery and racism.

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Lakeview Pantry, a nonprofit striving to meet the community’s diverse needs during the pandemic

"Queer in the Time of COVID" is a counseling group where queer people can speak and reflect on challenges they have experienced throughout the pandemic.

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Making the connection between virtual learning, grades and getting into a good high school

With COVID-19 now surging, some students may have to go back to remote learning in January — and that puts them at risk for plummeting grades, a WBEZ analysis found.

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If Congressman Jim Jordan really has ‘nothing to hide,’ he’ll talk to Jan. 6 panel

Making Jordan talk is another critical step toward getting to the bottom of the disgraceful acts that played out before the world nearly a year ago.

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Lightfoot’s crime speech: Sound and fury, but now what?

Instead of being a defining moment that could convince the public that her administration can get its arms around this thing, the mayor’s speech was largely what we’ve already heard before.

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It’s now or never for Kim Foxx to explain herself on the Smollett case

The report from special prosecutor Dan Webb included such terms as "substantial abuse of discretion," "breached its obligations of honesty" and "major failure." Those are not terms that Foxx can shrug off.

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If there’s no Build Back Better, things will be worse for America, and the planet

President Joe Biden’s signature legislative initiative may have been dealt a fatal blow when Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said he won’t support it.

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Supreme Court should put law, public health first in ruling on vaccine mandate

The COVID-19 vaccine mandate applies to millions of health care workers in facilities that participate in Medicare and Medicaid.

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How many more warnings are needed before we seriously tackle climate change?

We are seeing the costs all around us. Insurance losses due to extreme weather events topped $100 billion this year, with half a month to go. Lives have been lost, jobs have disappeared, habitat has been destroyed and farmland has been abandoned.

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Don’t stop the work of uncovering police torture

We need to know if innocent men remain in prison. The Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission has hundreds more cases to investigate. Its work is under threat from a lawsuit.