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Tomorrow’s Sun-Times print editions will be pink — here’s why

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Mayor’s gaffes won’t help Chicago get a lift from Pritzker and Springfield

If Lightfoot’s administration doesn’t pay better attention to that relationship, it will be costly for Chicago.

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How to be a white neighbor in a black neighborhood

Don’t come in with a savior mentality hitched to your moving truck. Don’t start your own block club; join the existing one.

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The mysterious deaths of two Chicago cops demand answers, not fall guys

A host of questions linger about the Chicago Police Department’s handling of the Markham case.

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Biggest loser of Democratic debate was your personal freedom

In addition to impeachment, another issue united the 12 candidates on stage: just how much they want to insert themselves into our daily lives.

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Mitch Trubisky? Improved? It’s in the admiring eye of his beholder, Bears coach Matt Nagy

If Nagy believes that Trubisky has gotten better this season, the Bears’ problems might be deeper than an offense that can’t advance the football.

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Booker, Buttigieg, Bullock in Chicago for presidential fundraising

Mark Kelly, running for an Arizona Senate seat, and his wife, former Rep. Gabby Giffords, will be in Chicago on Thursday for fundraising.

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Where to draw the line on vaping

The risks of vaping are undeniable, but a proposal to rein in the sale of e-cigarette products in Chicago goes too far.

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No excusing shooting by Fort Worth Cop

What Aaron Dean did was not surprising given the Fox News-ification of police work, where viewers have come to believe that officers are in deadly peril at every moment.

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Presidential hopeful Cory Booker endorsing Marie Newman for Congress

Booker will unveil his endorsement at an 11 a.m. Friday event with Newman open to the public at Cocula Restaurant, 5241 S. Pulaski Rd.

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Illinois House Republicans, Democrats unite to condemn Trump yanking troops from Syria   

All 5 Illinois Republicans supported the bipartisan House resolution.

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Two new ways in Illinois to take guns out of dangerous hands

Getting the word out about new "red flag law" and fixing the Firearm Owners Identification Card system would save lives.

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As a teacher, I’m ready to strike — but there must be other, better ways

Time after time, this is our strategy to fight the inequities that our students experience.

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Rep. Dan Lipinski has more cash-on-hand but out-raised by 2 key Democratic primary rivals

State Sen. Jim Oberweis has loaned his GOP primary congressional campaign a total of $400,000.

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Who would ever be a cop?

If Officer Aaron Dean is guilty of murder, what’s next? Should we charge doctors with murder when they make mistakes and someone dies? Is professional malpractice really now a strict liability offense for murder whenever someone dies?

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Lightfoot abandons Chicago’s progressives

It’s baffling to think the mayor convinced voters that she stood for something different than Emanuel did.

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City Hall should prepare for a teachers strike — and be ready to tough it out

If the teachers get 16 percent raises over five years, you can bet Chicago’s cops and firefighters will ask, "Why not us?"

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‘Long journey’ to add West Side mental health center reaches destination

Conventional wisdom held that tax-stressed Chicago voters wouldn’t vote to raise their own taxes, and it didn’t seem like a subject as unsexy as improved mental health services would cause them to make an exception.

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Obama Foundation gets $2.5 million grant for Obama Museum art collections

Former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle will be in Chicago for their foundation’s annual summit, overlapping with President Donald Trump on Oct. 28.

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Just Sayin’: The Cubs were plenty good enough to get destroyed by the Nationals, too

The NLCS was an absurd mismatch, with the Nats making their opponents look like feckless, slapdash, in-over-their-heads pretenders. If this could happen to the Cardinals, what does it say about how far the Cubs are from their next World Series?

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What you can do to stop the White House from making segregation easier

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Attorney General Barr is determined to undermine your privacy

Encryption technology is obviously useful to people who value their privacy, including journalists, lawyers, dissidents and ordinary citizens discussing sensitive matters.

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How $200 million could save thousands of lives lost to gun violence in Chicago

Why not challenge ourselves to reduce gun violence by 25% in each of the next five years?

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The north-south divide in public education

Chicago Public Schools need to be revamped to allow the city as a whole to benefit from a great education system.

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Hey, what’s wrong with a little political corruption if ‘nothing done was illegal’?

Chicago is crooked. Illinois is crooked. Washington D.C. is full of crooks. As our founding fathers knew, everyone is always trying to help themselves, their family and friends.

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‘One Day’ — ace writer spins gold from a random Sunday

The Washington Post’s Gene Weingarten picked a day out of a hat and used it to organize a book bristling with drama.

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Despite the case of Dante Servin, expunging old criminal charges can be good policy

Even after an acquittal, an arrest record can make it harder to get a job, continue an education, rent an apartment or get a loan.

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Two smart ways to make rented scooters work best in Chicago

Before Chicago makes way for rented scooters in every neighborhood, we should heed the advice of the Active Transportation Alliance.

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What I learn when I have lunch at Cook County Jail

These are not serial murderers or rapists. They are overwhelmingly people who erred or did wrong but are not bad people.

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Lord, have mercy: Now the struggling Bears face the hashtagged Saints and their biggest supporter, Pope Francis

The Holy Father’s accidental tweet backs the Bears’ next opponent. Doesn’t it figure?

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Diversity in the newsroom is about more than having black and brown reporters

I am sorry Jeffrey Dale had to quit his job to take a stand, but I applaud his commitment to our craft and his respect for communities of color.

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An open letter to Mayor Lightfoot: Limit class sizes

You would not want your daughter to be one of 30 students in a class with one teacher. I do not want my son to be a single teacher attempting to create a positive learning environment for 30 students.

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Alderman stands his ground over Six Corners project

Ald. James Gardiner wants design changes, even if it invites a fight with the mayor.

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A Patrick Mahomes-Deshaun Watson meeting, and more painful reminders of what might have been for Bears

The best you can say about the entire situation is that Bears GM Ryan Pace might, in time, fingers crossed, be right about Mitch Trubisky. But he was oh-so wrong about the two quarterbacks he passed on.

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Oklahoma, Ohio State vs. Alabama, Clemson: Give us “O’s” in tag-team match of contenders

The Big 10: a look at college football’s playoff race, plus the halfway Heisman, an Ohio State-Wisconsin dream scenario, CeeDee Lamb’s breakout and the next giant test for Illinois coach Lovie Smith.