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

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Those Afghan refugees coming our way? They risked everything for us. We must step up for them

As they and their families resettle in the United States, we must welcome them, help them and — above all — be kind.

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Texas near total abortion ban opens door to Illinois parental notice repeal, bolstering abortion rights

"We’re looking at that, as well as what we might do in direct response to the law in Texas," Senate President Don Harmon said during the Sun-Times’ "At the Virtual Table" show.

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Culinary creativity keeps ill elderly eating

Northwest suburban chefs shape food into forms more appealing to those in advanced states of dementia.

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Not a peep from Bears GM Ryan Pace, man of mystery, after offensive line’s woeful performance

The unit he created allowed the Browns to sack rookie Justin Fields nine times Sunday.

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National fee on carbon emissions best way to fight climate change

The money could be returned to power utility consumers, spurring innovation and a transition to cleaner fuels.

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Landlords try homey touches to get you back to the office

Amenities from outdoor space to ‘nap pods’ and cushier lobbies are aimed at easing the transition from remote work.

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Calls for the legalization of drugs ignore the science

Legalizing drugs will not eliminate illegal drug sales because the reverse is true.

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Restaurants need another federal rescue fast

But we favor making proof of vaccination mandatory for almost all indoor public activities, including dining. Vaccinated people should be entitled to privileges that are withheld from unvaccinated people.

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Notre Dame hits Wisconsin with an avalanche of ‘insane’ in 41-13 win that had it all

Trailing 13-10 in the fourth quarter, the Irish needed a spark. They got an all-out conflagration.

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What makes Josina Morita a formidable politician for these times

Morita, 41, is an urban planner, community organizer, outspoken advocate for racial justice and — what may trump all — a working mother.

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This You Gotta See: Sky-Lynx showdown; Blackhawks’ preseason debut

Bears fans should prepare themselves for the possibility that Sunday’s game in Cleveland won’t be a smash success.

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How Haitian migrants were treated by the Border Patrol was just plain wrong

What happened in the small town of Del Rio, Texas, only reinforces the perception that our nation’s immigration policies discriminate against Black and Brown people.

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Pritzker bumps up against the limits of the law in enforcing pandemic safety restrictions

Two teachers’ unions have supported the governor’s vax/test mandate. But several of their members are raising money to hire attorneys.

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Arlington Heights or Chicago? Bears and City Hall scrimmage over Soldier Field’s future

Whether the Bears stay or go, Chicago has an opportunity to rethink Soldier Field and the nearby Museum Campus.

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Chinatown leaders eye Daley family’s 11th Ward stronghold for first Asian American-majority city ward

A proposed redrawing of Chicago’s ward map would create that majority by combining parts of Bridgeport, Armour Square and McKinley Park in a new 11th Ward.

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Big Game Hunting: Notre Dame or Wisconsin? QB play will say it all at Soldier Field

Also: Illinois, Northwestern picks and a pair of prime-time "favorites."

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Don’t kid yourself: e-cigarettes pose a huge threat to millions of Americans

There’s a reason the big tobacco companies are buying up some of the largest vape manufacturers. It isn’t to save lives; it’s to boost profits.

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President Biden to visit Chicago on Wednesday to tout vaccine mandates for businesses

Biden intends to visit a Chicago business enforcing a vaccine mandate, a White House official said.

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Progress made, slowly but thoughtfully, in taking school discipline out of the hands of cops

We urge those who agree with us — that there are better alternatives to cops in schools cracking down on 12-year-olds — to keep on pushing.

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Why I’m a single-issue voter

There’s just one issue I will vote on in 2021 — truth. The Republican Party has become a conspiracy of liars.

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Go not-so-crazy, folks! White Sox play it cool after clinching division title in Cleveland

The 2021 Sox were obviously too good, too talented, too stacked not to get to this point. They know they haven’t done a dang thing yet.

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‘A cheap and easy way to save lives’

Controversy over whether the Chicago Park District should deploy life buoys skips over whether they do much good.

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Honor Daniel Hidalgo — and his sister’s tribute — by getting vaccinated

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What’s next? Leeches?

Amid a deadly epidemic, people are behaving like medieval peasants: denying the existence of the plague, blaming imaginary villains and seeking miracle cures.

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A smart, new law would close a big loophole in federal government’s right to snoop on you

Nothing stops the government from buying our personal information from third parties that get it from the big tech companies or elsewhere, sometimes without permission.

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A tiny union sets a standard for protecting workers’ rights while beating back COVID

The first priority of organized labor, if they care about the health of their members, should be to find union-friendly ways to make vaccine mandates work.

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Lately, this White Sox joyride is all wet

With only 11 games to go before the start of the playoffs, it’s hard to find much inspiration in the way the Sox have been playing.

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Matt Nagy’s biggest challenge with his young quarterback is to out-Fox the past

Comparisons between Nagy/Justin Fields and John Fox/Mitch Trubisky won’t go away for Bears.

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Once you’ve sung to your brother as he dies in your arms, then you can tell me you don’t believe in vaccines

I’m so done with all the reasons fools give for not doing what’s right for their fellow man.

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Sorry, Mr. Sullum, but there are better ways to quit smoking than turning to e-cigarettes

And the best harm-reducing alternative to smoking, of course, is simply not smoking.

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Rahm Emanuel made $13M since leaving City Hall, financial disclosure reports show

Former Mayor Emanuel’s nomination to be ambassador to Japan has no significant opposition.

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Joe Biden is a frenemy of his own best foreign policy experts

Biden is ignoring good advice, though he does not refute it outright and discredit it.

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Ald. Jim Gardiner should think really hard about resigning

Misuse of office and vengeful tactics, as are alleged, should have no place in city government

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White Sox are going to the playoffs; does that mean Tony La Russa is doing a good job?

And considering how much better the Tigers have gotten, should A.J. Hinch have been the guy?

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Two men allegedly abused by Dennis Hastert seek different ways to ease the emotional pain

I am glad ‘James Doe’ was financially compensated for some of the pain inflicted on him. But is shaking someone down for hush money ever honorable?

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Should Illinois bring back parole?

Former Wheaton College debater urges state to consider freeing longtime prisoners.