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Just Sayin’: Will this Cubs core ever match Mike Montgomery’s ’16 championship moment?

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Why I’m puzzled by America’s student debt crisis

People who took out student loans can’t repay them, and the economy may collapse. Maybe people could just live within their means.

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The Republican Party owns all of Trump, not just the parts they like

History — very near history — will dissolve the lie and the imaginary compartments and reveal only one thing: Republicans stood for Trump.

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EDITORIAL: ‘El Chapo’ will rot in prison, but America’s drug abuse crisis rages on

The problem is not only illegal drugs such as heroin, but also the opioid-based pills of Big Pharma, which have been overprescribed and overused

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My Irish ancestors were targets of the same racist guff coming from Trump today

The 2020 presidential campaign is going to be the ugliest race-based free-for-all any of us has ever seen

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Trump is pushing a solution to censorship that will encourage censorship

The president’s views reflect widespread confusion about the First Amendment

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Give Jose Abreu an extension for what he’s been through with the White Sox and where they might go with him

He clearly believes in the rebuild and has said he wants to stay. If the Sox finish below .500 this season, he’ll have played all six of his big-league seasons on losing teams. He either has an incredible pain tolerance or his understanding of the difference between winning and losing got lost in the translation when he defected from Cuba in 2013.

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Illinois Lottery at age 45: Raising billions of dollars for schools, roads, veterans and more 

The Lottery also makes more than 40 millionaires a year

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I was a girl in Daisy Scouts the first time I was told to ‘go back home’

We are your attorneys, cab drivers, doctors and farmers. We are not going anywhere because we are already home

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U.S. recycling of plastics will continue strong — no matter what China does

There are three way we can all help recycling in the U.S. work even better.

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EDITORIAL: Illinois needs to do more to protect its natural wonders

Like a rare native plant struggling to survive, the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission needs help if it is to thrive and do its job

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What will historians say about Trump 30 years from now?

We have a president whose knowledge of our nation is embarrassing. To say he is unqualified would be a gross understatement.

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Democrats Casten, Underwood ahead of GOP rivals in fundraising

Republican Sanguinetti, the former lieutenant governor, released the names of blue-chip Republican endorsers on Monday, just in case former state Rep. Jeanne Ives is considering getting in the primary against her for Casten’s seat.

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Donald Trump’s racist remarks deserve revolutionary response

President Donald Trump’s remarks suggesting black and brown congresswomen don’t belong here crosses a line.

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EDITORIAL: Donald Trump’s bigotry sails over the cliff

It’s bad enough when anybody gets all racist. It’s miserable when it’s the president.

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Why throwing plastic in the trash might make more sense

While it might sound horrifying, China’s ban on importing plastic for recycling might be an environmental blessing in disguise.

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Chicago’s zoos aren’t perfect, but they have improved

Zoos now focus more on protecting endangered species and promoting conservation.

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The dream is over for Robbie Gould-loving Bears fans

A four-year deal with the 49ers will give him $10.5 million in guaranteed money in the first two years, ending the hopes of many a Bears fan that the kicker and his former team would reunite. That would explain all the black clothing around town Monday.

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Yasso bars: addictive, in a good way

Yasso is the brainchild of Amanda Klane and Drew Harrington, friends who met in kindergarten and bonded over their love of sports. As adults, they saw the wave of Greek yogurt and sensed opportunity.

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When an alligator is in trouble in Chicago, negligent humans are to blame

Too many morally challenged people obtain possession of exotic mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fish before opting to kill or abandon them

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Durbin: Expected raids spike fear at a level he’s not seen

The Illinois senator also said Trump’s Sunday tweet telling four Democratic congresswomen they should go back to where they came from "doesn’t help one bit."

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EDITORIAL: Take a tour of North Lawndale and forget those stereotypes about the ’hood

Offering neighborhood tours, up close and and personal, is a small but powerful way to build bridges in our fractured city.

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Eddie Johnson, facing the heat for Chicago’s crime wave

Police superintendents are not magicians who can wave a wand to stop violence.

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Reflecting on Ziggy the elephant’s unfriendly confines

Ziggy was shackled for nearly 30 years to a Brookfield Zoo wall — facing backward in his stall and never seeing the light of day — because he’d been very naughty.

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New Illinois law protecting elderly from abuse doesn’t go far enough

The law foolishly requires most elderly people to give permission for their family members to be questioned

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Intraparty GOP criticism is a headache for leader Durkin

His super-minority caucus is fractured into at least two even smaller camps

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End this scourge that has left a trail of blood and tears

Murder has become routine in some American neighborhoods. Gunfire as inevitable as the sunrise.

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Moon landing milestone: Chicago was wowed in 1969 by Neil Armstrong’s first lunar stroll

Perhaps the most common emotion was amazement. The astonishment was as much about TV’s ability to convey what was happening as with the landing itself.

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ICE raids by the thousands are not the American way

Before launching the raids, which will rip families apart, the Trump administration might want to rethink things.

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The best — and worst — places to put a Chicago casino

To help ensure that it helps, rather than hurts, the city, put it right downtown, not in an isolated spot.

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EDITORIAL: Enough with the delays in getting to bottom of police torture cases

This is no time to dismiss a special prosecutor and hand the job back to the state’s attorney’s office

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A once honorable conservative think tank sells out for Trump

The Claremont Institutes stands out for beclowning itself by embracing the smarmy underside of American politics.

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EDITORIAL: What’s in a name? A seat in the Illinois Legislature

We have a long, unfortunate history in Chicago of treating vacant legislative seats like birthrights.

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Trump loses big on census, but the damage is done

People still will worry that completing a census form will lead to their deportation. It will be a no-brainer to ignore the form.

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Lightfoot returns to failed ‘get tough’ policies to contain gun violence

Lightfoot is only the latest mayor to adopt a law-and-order narrative as a means of deflecting accountability for neighborhood inequities.