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

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Legal pot in Illinois: not that big a deal

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It’s winter in Chicago — and we keep moving

This is the Chicago I appreciate. We are meaty and resilient.

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Boo you: Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts still living off, and profiting from, the 2016 World Series

At the team’s annual convention, fans let him know what they think of a so-far disappointing offseason.

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Living on State Street? Kindergarten on State Street? Well, why not?

State Street is poised to reimagine itself, possibly in the most comprehensive way since 1995. We asked the experts about that.

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Hey, Bulls fans, winning basketball is being played right up I-94

Those of you who are tired of the same old Bulls rebuild might find the whole Bucks/Milwaukee adventure to your liking.

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Dr. King called on us to express the better angels of our souls

Dr. King’s commitment provides a wonderful example for all of us, but particularly for the young. By the wisdom of his teaching, the justice of his cause, the intensity of his commitment, he helped transform America.

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President Trump’s impeachment trial must do justice and get to the truth

We will not rise to our gravest challenges unless our government passes this test.

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This You Gotta See: NFL playoffs, NHL All-Stars and some good-for-the-soul high school hoops

Patrick Kane makes his ninth All-Star appearance, the most among active NHL players. Alas, he’s the only Hawk in this here shebang. Times have changed.

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Let marijuana consumption ordinance go up in smoke

The Chicago City Council doesn’t need to send more customers into tobacco shops. Focus instead on keeping the air clear and smoke free for all Chicagoans.

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We moved back to my old West Side block, and I was a million miles from my dreams

I felt strangely at home — and also wondered if I would ever leave again.

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How Neil Peart and Rush changed my hard-rock loving life

Neil’s song "Subdivisions" still resonates with every dreamer or misfit: "In the high school halls, in the shopping malls, be cool or be cast out."

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Flu prevents Kris Bryant from offering thoughts on his fuzzy future with Cubs

Theo Epstein says there’s " a really good chance’’ the third baseman will be with the team in 2020. Really?

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In Chicago, yesterday’s reform is tomorrow’s reform

Or haven’t we been down this road previously?

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George Ryan on Chicago Bears training camp move: ‘Time marches on’

Ryan was hugely instrumental in the Bears moving their training camp from Wisconsin to downstate Illinois in 2002.

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In Sox Town, Cubs Convention is just an appetizer — a week before the real main course

Cubs fans gaze upon the horizon and see more frustration, not another World Series. Meanwhile, something else is happening in this old baseball metropolis. Something new. Something exciting. Something brimming with hope and possibility. Something South Side.

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Reinventing State Street for Chicago’s new economy

The challenge is to get it right, knowing how easy it is to get it wrong. Remember that pedestrian mall?

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Would One Central project help transform the South Side? It might if details can be worked out.

The multibillion-dollar development proposed just west of Soldier Field is touted as a bold plan to turn an ugly railyard into a lakefront jewel and boost public transit.

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Trump impeachment trial takeaways: The silence spoke volumes

Sen. Durbin on the start of Trump’s Senate impeachment trial: "It’s is a solemn, serious moment. The Senate changes when we get into this constitutional responsibility."

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Take the lead, Chicago, in running plastic pollution right out of town

Polystyrene boxes and plastic utensils at local restaurants are convenient, to be sure, but they’re trashing the local environment, including the waters of Lake Michigan.

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Will Democrats play it safe or go all in?

One story of the Democratic presidential primary race so far has been the competition between two impulses — the flight to safety versus the urge to splurge.

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No more government props for dirty fossil fuels

If Illinois legislators act now, they can spark a remarkable shift toward clean energy.

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Commentary: Barry Bonds is running out of time to reach Cooperstown

The biggest question concerning Hall of Fame voters is whether the inclusion of Bonds tarnishes the Hall, or since it’s a history museum, he needs to belong.

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Dear Prince Harry, how about moving to Chicago? I’ll swap you my place for yours.

The food is fantastic. No fussing over which fork to use, either. You only need an open mouth and one hand for Italian beef, Chicago-style pizza or a Polish with grilled onions.

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Oberweis pours $1 million into GOP bid; seeks nomination to run against Rep. Underwood

Oberweis campaigned this week with former Army 1st Lt. Clint Lorance – pardoned by President Donald Trump for the murder of two civilians in Afghanistan.

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Help law-abiding immigrants become citizens — don’t arrest them

The fact that children right here in Chicago are afraid of coming home from school and finding their parents missing is an indictment of where we are as a country today.

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You shouldn’t have to wait years to learn that a product you bought might endanger your child’s life

The Safety Hazard and Recall Efficiency (SHARE) Information Act would ban businesses from going to court to keep Consumer Product Safety Commission information under wraps.

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War worries transcend Trump

Even the president’s buddies understand the threat posed by the unconstrained use of military force.

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Hillary’s dubious distinction

Correct the errors, fill in the blanks, and the presumptive scandal vanishes. Exactly as this latest, and presumably last, Clinton scandal has done.

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Sanders and Warren are splitting up. That’s a good thing

The sooner there is a strong frontrunner in the Democratic primary, the better positioned he or she is to take on President Trump.

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Bears’ Matt Nagy should find some inspiration in Packers’ run-game epiphany

He’d be wise to look at the changes first-year Packers coach Matt LaFleur made on the way to the NFC title game.

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Hypocritical Democrats never squawked when Obama waged war by drone

But now they insist President Trump must get a specific authorization from Congress for the use of military force.

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Obamas pledge $1 million for Obama Foundation

Ex-President Barack Obama is raising hundreds of millions of dollars to build the Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park and to bankroll domestic and international programs.

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Commentary: Red Sox had no choice but to fire Alex Cora

"We agreed that parting ways was the best thing for the organization,’’ Cora said in a statement. "I do not want to be a distraction to the Red Sox as they move forward."

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Takeaways: Warren on women winning elections dominates Democratic debate

Klobuchar established herself as the presidential contender living in the real world.

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Why people clutch their wallets when an Illinois legislator walks up the street

Who would have guessed that a lawmaker who resigns can award himself a little "exit bonus" by quitting on the first day of a month but collecting a paycheck for the whole month?