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The opinions in and around Chicago that inform, analyze, hold power accountable and entertain.

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The mayor smacks around 11 aldermen, hurting only herself

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Trump impeachment: Vulnerable Illinois Democrats Lipinski, Underwood reviewing articles as historic vote looms

Democrats have enough votes to guarantee that Trump will be the third president to be impeached, joining Presidents Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton.

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Green Bay, Lambeau Field and all that’s right about the Bears-Packers rivalry

A massive 81,441-seat stadium plopped in the middle of a neighborhood of regular folks. It’s absolutely wonderful.

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Impeaching Trump could happen more than once

Just as we’re wrapping up this seemingly never-ending news cycle, it’s not all that hard to imagine the whole thing happening again, before November 2020. There are a few reasons why.

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‘Richard Jewell’ is only the latest film to depict a female journalist trading sex for scoops

Female reporters have long faced discrimination in newsrooms. These sorts of depictions in popular culture do little to help their cause.

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What would Sen. John McCain do?

The late senator’s love, reverence and respect of America make me confident on how he’d vote on this impeachment trial.

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We can protect the savings of older Americans through commonsense reforms

Older people lose as much as $36 billion every year through scams and financial exploitation.

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When ‘merit promotions’ become clout decisions, CPD — and diversity — lose out

Interim Supt. Charlie Beck’s decision to end merit promotions should be part of a larger effort improve the system by which officers move up in rank.

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Will UK election hint at USA’s future, again?

Can the British election be considered augury? Johnson’s victory bodes well for Trump

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Agent Scott Boras gets money flowing back into baseball

Boras will likely wind up negotiating in excess of $1 billion worth of major league contracts before the winter ends.

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With GOP anti-Semite running for House seat, Democrat Marie Newman calls for ‘peace forums’ in district

"Art Jones is proof that we need to work harder, not as Democrats and Republicans, but as neighbors on the Southwest Side, to root out and address hate in our community," Newman said.

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I’m asking Santa this year to give America more thoughtful consumers of information

When histories of the decline and fall of American democracy are written, they’re apt to begin by examining Donald Trump’s Twitter feed. But he really got started much earlier, by endorsing the "birther" conspiracy about Barack Obama.

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United States blocks a probe of crimes against humanity in North Korea

Trump appears to believe that his personal relationship with Kim Jong Un can overcome the fundamental facts about the North Korean regime — that it rules by terror at home and maneuvers by terror abroad.

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Amy Klobuchar hits Chicago, Glencoe for fundraisers on Monday

Klobuchar is gaining strength as the 2020 Democratic presidential field gets smaller

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Make Pilsen a model for providing more affordable housing

Some residents complained about a proposed 45-unit, 100% affordable development, but we can’t allow discontent to stymie efforts to build lower-cost housing.

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With Gerrit Cole, the Yankees are the team to beat

"We wanted him, we made no secret of that," one high-ranking Yankees executive said. "And usually when we want a guy, we get him."

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Can Chicago grow to 3 million people again? Sure — and here’s how

Reversing black flight is what has to happen for Mayor Lightfoot’s vision to become reality.

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Charter schools that fail to teach deserve to be shut down

It’s clearly time to pull the plug on Frazier Preparatory and Chicago Virtual. But it’s the two charters that are failing, not CPS.

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Trump’s defenders deny reality

While the president’s motives in seeking Ukrainian investigations are a matter of dispute, his actions are clear from the public record.

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Underwood on Trump impeachment: In Illinois, folks are ‘familiar with political corruption. It’s not a foreign concept’

With the new trade deal, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is showing the nation Democrats can get things done while pursuing President Trump’s impeachment.

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Cubs’ Kris Bryant has replaced Joe Maddon as head of the dead-man-walking department

Theo Epstein and the Cubs are trying to trade Bryant. He probably won’t be a Cub for long. If he’s back with the team in 2020, great; it’ll be his swan song on the North Side, his lame-duck waddle. Epstein and the Cubs are bent on getting out of the Bryant business.

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New laws will encourage old vices

The proliferation of gambling and marijuana can have a deleterious effect on health. Both vices are addictive in nature.

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When hucksters hijack your telephone number

It ticks me off to think I might someday hesitate answering the phone because some telemarketing firm has stolen a caller ID number.

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Ohio leads USA in presidents, cruel abortion laws

House Bill 413 would force doctors to attempt to re-implant ectopic pregnancies or be charged with a new crime: "abortion murder."

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Democrats: Need to impeach Trump now to stop hijacking-in-progress of the 2020 election

At the House Judiciary Committee Trump impeachment hearing, Republicans punched — successfully at times — at a case the Democrats have been saying is airtight.

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A question for the holidays: ‘Are you OK to drive?’

Every day, an average of 29 people are killed in drunk driving crashes — one person every 50 minutes. And we know that the holidays put more drunks on the road.

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The many benefits of learning in a child’s native language

Once a child can read in their first language, this ability transfers rapidly to the second language.

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President Trump’s war on the poor

The economy continues to generate jobs that won’t support a family. That’s why so-called poverty programs — from CHIP to food stamps to public housing to low income heating assistance to Medicaid — are so necessary.

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When Preckwinkle shuffles her security detail and hands out raises, reporters get curious

The county board president’s response was akin to that of an old-school pol, and it’s puzzling as to why.

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3 big games and a chance for the Bears’ Mitch Trubisky to change a certain columnist’s mind for good

I promise that if Trubisky runs and throws his way through this Great Wall of quality opponents, my unbelief will turn to belief.

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Why are kids today less patriotic?

The very students who refuse to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance exhibit their patriotism by demanding a better tomorrow.

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Baseball Hall of Fame assures players union founder Marvin Miller will never be forgotten

Miller didn’t play the game. He didn’t manage or coach. He was never the commissioner or even a team executive. But perhaps no one is more responsible for turning the game of baseball into an $11 billion industry.

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Hey legislators, end legalized bribery in Illinois now

One of the more indefensible scams in Illinois politics is the legal right of dozens of officeholders to take money donated to their campaigns and blow it on pretty much whatever they want.

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Christmas letters of love

Last year I decided to start a new holiday tradition and write "Christmas Letters of Love" to my two sons and daughter-in-law.

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Anti-violence groups join forces to save lives

Before, most social service professionals and organizations worked in isolation, divided by race, class and geography.