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Stakes are high as city waits for mayor to show her hand

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Prof charged in grisly River North stabbing death puts his teaching skills to use in jail

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College graduates are transforming Chicago. The danger is that it won’t come fast enough.

Despite gentrification worries, the recent influx has kept the city from going the way of Detroit. But the exodus of the black middle class is pushing many neighborhoods into poverty.

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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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Uh-oh — one prediction has the Bears going 7-9 and finishing last in their division

That’s Sports Illustrated’s forecast. Some advice for Bears fans: Don’t take one dark prediction personally and, if possible, tap the brakes once or twice about the season.

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Turning South Shore Golf Course into a luxury course would be a shameless move

Instead of investing millions to subsidize a playground for the privileged, why not make this Chicago Park District gem into a more robust center for our neighborhood’s kids?

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Joe Walsh, Tio Hardiman and the paltry field of Republicans willing to challenge Donald Trump

The vast majority of politicians in The Party of Trump have been silent on this vile presidency.

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Random thoughts on Donald Trump, Amazon wildfires, Popeye’s vs. Chick-fil-A and more

Random musings on Trump as the "chosen one," the burning Amazon rainforest, which chicken sandwich is better and more.

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Dan Webb named special prosecutor in review of Jussie Smollett case

Dan Webb, in 1971 in his first case out of college, clashed with Michael Toomin when he was a defense attorney. Judge Toomin just named Webb special prosecutor.

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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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Mapes couldn’t have been so powerful without Madigan’s assent

Madigan has been forced to clean up the mess he ultimately made for over a year now.

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Sportswriter Melissa Isaacson tells of basketball and life lessons in book about state championship team

Her tale is about sports, the love of hoops and what all of it does for you, even if you might not be aware of it at the time.

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Jussie Smollett case overshadows good works by State’s Attorney Kim Foxx

Finally, we have a state’s attorney who is committed to convicting the guilty and exonerating the innocent.

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Residents of Humboldt Park Section 8 building fight to keep it affordable

Instead of waiting for whatever fate might befall them when their landlord’s contract with HUD expires, the largely elderly and Spanish-speaking tenants organized and fought back.

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Joe Walsh in D.C. for meetings about possible Trump challenge

The former Chicago area lawmaker turned conservative talk show host is close to a decision about a presidential run, saying in a Thursday tweet, "He’s fit to watch TV. He’s not fit to be President."

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Rep. Brad Schneider latest Democrat to call for Trump impeachment inquiry

"Regrettably, it is clear that the Administration has little regard for the Constitution, is unwilling to provide any information to Congress, and is seeking to play out the clock," Schneider said in a statement.

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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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Cubs’ Nick Castellanos — skipping, jumping, crying — is the straw stirring the drink

It seems Castellanos is in no mood at all to hide his sheer delight over being a Cub. Almost at the trade-deadline buzzer, he went from the worst team in baseball, the Tigers, to a postseason contender with always-engaged fans and a one-of-a-kind ballpark environment. Must be nice.

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Let’s not inflame racial tensions, they’re incendiary enough

We would be better off purging the "r-word" from our political vocabularies. Calling somebody racist never leads to anything useful.

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Chicago’s mass transit is a boon to downtown employment

Mass transit is the region’s best "economic equalizer" since more than 500,000 jobs are within a 45-minute commute of area residents.

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Has Trump looked closely at what he’s trying to buy?

Denmark took official control of Greenland in 1775 — making their connection older than our country — but granted home rule in 1979. Trump offering to buy Greenland is like China trying to buy Puerto Rico.

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Joe Walsh, popping up on cue to make things worse

In case you’ve forgotten Joe Walsh — and oh, how I envy you — a quick reminder. He’s a guy who never let a fact get in the way of a well-polling opinion.

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That DNC convention in Milwaukee? Will use 5,000 rooms in Illinois hotels

Of 57 delegations going to the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, hotels in Rosemont and Lake County will house 26 of them.

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Democrats are finally getting smart on Medicare for All, illegal border crossings

Slowly, some of the Dems running for president are learning a crucial lesson: Don’t make Trump path to re-election easier by going too far into left field.

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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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Will Joe Walsh challenge Trump?

The conservative talk show host and ex-Chicago area Congressman told the Chicago Sun-Times on Wednesday night he "won’t rule it out. Somebody should challenge this unfit divider in the White House."

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In discussing immigration, we talk little of the courage and faith it requires

The power of the dream personified by the Statue of Liberty remains an imperishable force today

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‘Don’t you dare tell this Jew how to vote, Mr. President’

I felt my blood boil when Trump recently crowed before a microphone and said, "Any Jew voting democratic is uninformed or disloyal."

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Of course, Bears’ Mitch Trubisky shouldn’t play in the preseason! So why won’t the idea leave me alone?

I can’t shake a powerful need to see him throw a pass in a game. To know that he has improved. To wipe away all the reports of his middling training camp. To make sure that what the Bears are saying about their quarterback is in the general vicinity of the truth.

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Make a final push for fair housing for ex-offenders

Cook County commissioners passed an ordinance that forbids landlords from refusing to rent to ex-offenders. Now they must enact rules to make sure the ordinance works.

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Illinois Democrats won’t get prime hotel at Milwaukee convention; at least it’s not Rosemont

Some delegates to the 2020 Democratic convention in Milwaukee may be housed in suburban Rosemont, near O’Hare Airport.

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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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Party bosses reward State’s Attorney Kim Foxx for Jussie Smollett scandal

A judge is about to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Foxx, while the Democratic bosses of Cook County don’t need to hear what that probe might uncover.

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Homeless advocates ‘deeply disappointed’ by Lightfoot betrayal, shift to ‘business-as-usual’ politics

The falling out between the new mayor and the Bring Chicago Home coalition that once regarded her as an important ally comes as Lightfoot prepares for an Aug. 29 bad news budget presentation that is bound to leave additional constituencies disenchanted.