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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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Illinois should end moral, religious exemptions to COVID-19 vaccination and testing

Legislators should hammer out the details and take this step, for the sake of ending this pandemic as quickly as possible.

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It’s increasingly clear we need to get to the bottom of who organized the Jan. 6 insurrection

A Rolling Stone story reinforces what looked clear from the start: The insurrection was likely orchestrated with high-level help

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New immigration policy aims to protect undocumented immigrants against work exploitation

These new policies go beyond addressing injustices immigrants have been facing for almost 40 years. They aim to hold employers accountable and fight for safe work conditions.

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Earth to Washington: Enact strong climate change legislation

Taken together, climate proposals in Congress could lead to the biggest emissions reductions in the nation’s history.

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Don’t speed recklessly to create digital driver’s licenses

Privacy protections must be in place before digital IDs join a host of other post-9/11 changes that create a more complete record of where each of us is at any given moment.

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A new look at One Central, but the $6.5 billion ask for public subsidy is the same

Landmark Development wants taxpayers to pick up the $6.5 billion tab for a proposed transit center. We say no.

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With time for advocacy over, FOP should tell its members to report vaccine status

A disinclination to adhere to city vaccine policy is putting Chicago in danger, even as COVID-19 has killed one in 500 Illinoisans.

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Officials bemoan city’s mail service, but the problem, like rot, starts at the top

The only way to improve the postal service is to first get rid of U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy

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Cheers to an unforgettable fourth quarter that won the Sky their first WNBA title

Chicago loves champions, and — most of all — we love a powerful comeback.

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Could a bank’s $20 million investment add up to better days for South Chicago?

Here’s hoping Fifth Third bank’s investment sparks a major rejuvenation of this long-struggling Chicago neighborhood.

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Time to remake Chicago Park District in the wake of chief Mike Kelly’s ouster

Mayor Lori Lightfoot must find a new parks superintendent who can turn the district into the proud agency its creators and designers intended.

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Make time for gun safety during the Illinois Legislature’s fall veto session

Much attention will be devoted to legislative and congressional maps, but addressing gun violence is crucial, too.

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As your home heating bill goes up — and it will — don’t blame renewable energy

Illinois leaders should explain where price increases really come from before Illinoisans turn their frustrations on the green power sector.

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As a fighter for the environment moves up and on, Pritzker must make sure there’s no sliding backward

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District’s emerging identity as a force against climate change could be eroded with Debra Shore’s exit.

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Things are getting pathetic when a ‘Dreamer’ plays by the rules but still loses her status and gets fired

The Biden administration has vowed to end the backlog of DACA renewal requests, yet the U.S. Immigration and Customs Services continues to fail to fix the problem.

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A Chicago theater festival that celebrates Latino art and culture

Local theater companies that are part of the Destinos: Chicago International Latino Theater Festival are giving Latino audiences the chance to see themselves reflected on stages at several neighborhoods throughout the city.

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The clock is winding down, but Chicago still could make a play to keep the Bears

Chicago does not have the money or financial credit to publicly fund a sports stadium. But the city could offer what it has in abundance — vacant land.

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The incomplete story of the Great Chicago Fire

The story of the Great Fire of 1871, as popularly told, often loses its way when assigning credit and blame. This is no small matter for our own day.

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A little more help, beyond all words of solace, for Chicago’s victims of violent crime

Tucked into Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s proposed city budget is $12.25 million to help devastated victims of crime in simple and practical ways.

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Exorcising the worst of the bullying, lies and hate from social media

Congress should demand Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok and other social media companies take responsibility for how their algorithms promote dishonest and devastating content.

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Altgeld Gardens public housing deserves a spot on the National Register of Historic Places

The designation would draw attention to the positive aspects of the much-maligned development, and help with its redevelopment and restoration.

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A Wild West shootout terrorizes Austin in broad daylight and not one suspect is charged?

Aldermen are furious, as well they should be. One person was killed. Two were wounded. More than 70 shell casings were found.

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Sen. Ted Cruz wants to weaken a campaign finance law that’s meant to discourage bribes

The gambit by Cruz, a Republican from Texas, would send the nation in the wrong campaign finance direction.

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The Chicago Bears, worth $4 billion, should foot the bill alone for any new stadium

Around the country, professional sports team owners keep pulling money out of the pockets of taxpayers. Enough of that.

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This is no time for the mayor to take a poke at moonlighting cops

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Hold firm, Benet Academy, for LGBTQ rights

It’s time to wear those rainbow colors again, students and faculty. Because lacrosse coach Amanda Kammes is right where she belongs.

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Another day, another dumper: Beef up protection for Lake Michigan

The lake provides drinking water for 7 million people. Millions of people visit the Indiana Dunes National Park. Stop the pollution now.

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Joe Biden knows we can’t back down from vaccine mandates

Spurious requests for religious exemptions should be denied.

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R. Kelly’s conviction a victory, especially for Black women, in a battle we can never stop fighting

We see a strong line from society’s refusal to believe Anita Hill in 1991 to a Brooklyn federal jury’s decision on Monday to believe Kelly’s many young Black victims.

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Restaurants need another federal rescue fast

But we favor making proof of vaccination mandatory for almost all indoor public activities, including dining. Vaccinated people should be entitled to privileges that are withheld from unvaccinated people.

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Arlington Heights or Chicago? Bears and City Hall scrimmage over Soldier Field’s future

Whether the Bears stay or go, Chicago has an opportunity to rethink Soldier Field and the nearby Museum Campus.

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Progress made, slowly but thoughtfully, in taking school discipline out of the hands of cops

We urge those who agree with us — that there are better alternatives to cops in schools cracking down on 12-year-olds — to keep on pushing.