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EDITORIAL: ‘Adversity score’ gives kids from tough worlds a fairer shot at college

EDITORIAL: ‘Fix the FOID Act’ bill could have saved lives in Aurora

None of the modest measures being proposed in this legislation would impose an undue burden on anybody’s Second Amendment rights. But they might have saved the lives of five people in Aurora on Feb. 15, 2019.

Southland, a miracle in the face of bleak odds

Amid a public education system that remains separate and unequal, the south suburban charter school fulfills a dream of quality education.

Little AJ Freund’s horrific death is not an argument for tearing up more families

When a child in the 1990s was horribly abused, Illinois politicians responded all wrong. Now, as they react to the death of 5-year-old AJ, they should learn from that.

Somewhere between Dunkin’ and Starbucks is a smart approach to corporate politics

The message to corporate America, entertainment media and even Hollywood isn’t that social issues shouldn’t matter — it’s that politics shouldn’t overtake the experience of watching sports, buying a cup of coffee or eating a hamburger.

Why I will say ‘thank you’ to Lt. Richard Fassl on this Memorial Day

Every year on the anniversary of Lt. Fassl’s death, I tie a bouquet of flowers to his memorial, at Fullerton and Orchard streets. Having been in the Air Force myself, I always give a salute.

Trump takes his hands off the wheel

Infrastructure fix held hostage by president in effort to block oversight by Congress

EDITORIAL: What will it take for government to put the environment first?

Studies keep rolling in that say climate change is a crisis. But you’d never know it from the foot-dragging in Springfield and Washington.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot, the change Chicago needs

Time will tell if Lightfoot will be a shining light for the city, not the usual rubber stamp politician that gave Chicago its tarnished image of the past.

EDITORIAL: Illinois lawmakers must protect women’s reproductive rights

The Reproductive Health Act would keep abortion and reproductive care safe and accessible by repealing decades-old laws that restrict, and in some cases criminalize, abortion.

Legalizing pot in Illinois will harm minority-owned businesses and communities

Even if they are able to make initial investments in marijuana businesses, we’ve seen in other states that many of those businesses are quickly absorbed and squeezed out by Big Marijuana.

Picking up after your dog is just the start

Should you toss dog poop in a neighbor’s garbage can?

Spirituality, hope infuse Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s inauguration address

A 1989 song that spoke to the crisis and uncertainty of a difficult labor could be a metaphor for the female triumvirate of Lightfoot, Anna Valencia, City Clerk, and Melissa Conyears-Ervin, City Treasurer.

EDITORIAL: Lightfoot needs all of us to help her build city of fairness, hope

The new mayor is asking the City Council to reinvent itself and become a true collaborator in governing. For that matter, she is asking the same of us.

Extremist laws will make it harder for poor women to end pregnancies

The new laws generally deem abortion murder after six or eight weeks, no exceptions. This is often before women are even aware that they are pregnant.

Pfleger, Farrakhan and the irony of fighting hate by indulging it

Our community and others targeted by Farrakhan must never turn a blind eye to bigotry or be derailed from building relationships with our African-American, Muslim and Catholic partners.

Why Mayor Lightfoot must reopen shuttered mental health clinics

In 2011, Rahm Emanuel, listening to the Civic Federation, outsourced outpatient health services and closed six mental health clinics. Meanwhile, other large urban areas have expanded mental health.

EDITORIAL: Quit overcharging women for auto insurance

A Sun-Times investigation found that being a woman can add $370 a year to an insurance quote — even for a woman who has a spotless driving record.

EDITORIAL: Young people say that better neighborhood schools belong ‘On the Table’

The inequities they describe are worth the attention of the new administration.

Cassidy is right: Teen cannabis use is down since pot legalization

Between 2011 and 2017, cannabis use among ninth through 12th-graders decreased from 23.1% to 19.8%, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

GOP working with unions shows how times have changed in Springfield

Illinois has been a national leader for data center locations because the Chicago region is a national Internet hub.

Lawmakers, step up to protect women’s right to safe abortion and reproductive health care

Illinois House members should show their respect for women and pass the Reproductive Health Act. Time is running. Women are waiting.

EDITORIAL: Chicago is better today because Rahm Emanuel was mayor

Yes, the man had his faults. But he took on the big jobs, got things done — and took the heat. On that score, we’re confident historians will agree.

Easterseals is not only still around — it’s big, important and based in Chicago

Easterseals has 34,000 employees in 5,000 locations worldwide, making it the largest non-profit health care organization in the United States.

EDITORIAL: Keep coal ash out of water supplies across Illinois

Illinois holds the unfortunate title as the state with the most coal ash pits. Let’s make sure those pits don’t contaminate our environment.

EDITORIAL: Set a speed limit on the Lakefront Trail so we can shout ‘Slow down!’

A limit of 20 miles an hour would, at the very least, make speedy cyclists more safety conscious.

Are Republicans the extremists on abortion — or is it really the Democrats?

Seven states, including Alabama, have passed abortion laws that may transgress the boundaries established by Roe v. Wade.

Will humans act fast enough to stave off climate catastrophe?

Already, the current rate of global extinction is "at least tens to hundreds of times higher than it has averaged over the past 10 million years."

Money shouldn’t decide whether a kid can walk across a graduation stage

It isolates kids from their classmates. It shames them.

Senators, push for environmental justice with carbon fees on polluters

People of color have struggled for generations against air and water pollution that disproportionately affects their communities.

Think outside the box on affordable housing, Mayor-elect Lightfoot

More affordable housing in higher-income North Side neighborhoods is nice. But real change will take a new approach that strengthens all the city’s neighborhoods.

Hotdogs and house music: A memo to the mayor on Chicago, the global city

Global cities can struggle with myriad issues. In Chicago, the greatest issue, for me, is segregation.

Pardon clears Black’s legal woes, but his stain remains

Conrad Black and Donald Trump, both born to wealth, are essays on the fatuousness of riches.

Why we formed the Senate’s first Environmental Justice Caucus

One bill passed, one water fountain tested, one child saved at a time.

Don’t hit ordinary drivers with higher taxes and fees to pay for road repairs

There is a dire necessity for road improvements, but the funding solution will hit ordinary drivers. Surely our lawmakers can be more creative.