Commentary

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

We could argue the size of the rookie’s role in rubbing people the wrong way, but the kind of hate blowing back at her would put anyone on guard.
The city is required to provide police escorts for all convention committee personnel who are “delivering credentials to state delegations and the media at their respective hotels.” It also must provide “special” security for “delegates and other dignitaries.”
A bill to create a national monument to Tulsa’s Greenwood District, once known as ‘Black Wall Street,’ now sits in Congress. There’s also a movement for a national monument to the 1908 race riot in Springfield, Illinois.
Signs say “No smoking, eating, gambling,” but anyone who uses public transit daily in Chicago knows that many buses have smelly foods, litter and, on occasion, the smoker. A reader writes about the many problems she sees daily on buses and L trains.
A federal appeals court panel suspended the Fearless Fund grant program for Black women business owners. The lawsuit claimed that it violates federal civil rights law. That’s a cynical weaponization of the law and ignores long-standing racial disparities.
Over-policing students, most of whom are Black, has turned our schools into punitive institutions that hurt the most vulnerable kids.
In addition to being unbecoming, the treatment of Caitlin Clark ignores what she’s doing for WNBA. Why despise the hand that feeds you?
Hiring tough-to-employ workers at a livable wage while keeping the L trains clean should be an easy win. But not if CTA messes it up by failing to keep workers safe.
Dolton Mayor Tiffany Henyard gave $200,000 in no-bid construction work to a firm whose owner pleaded guilty to bribery connected to property tax avoidance. It’s just the latest eyebrow-raising deal in the ongoing saga of Dolton’s leadership mess.
Sometimes people don’t bother to call 911 after hearing shots. ShotSpotter can lead cops and paramedics directly to victims.
Might things turn around? Yeah, sure. The 22 Clark bus might spin around the block and pick you up next time you miss it, too.
Hundreds of Chicagoans have weighed in on what sentence Burke should receive for his corruption convictions. Now it’s my turn.
Some businesses saw a brief boost. Many lost regular customers during the festival because of traffic.
It doesn’t seem like Shannon is going to personally have a problem putting the falsehood and what he had to go through because of the falsehood behind him. Unknown is whether the rest of the world finds the ability to do the same.
After a memorable five-plus-year run for our “Sports Saturday” editions, we’re shifting the best, thickest sports section in town back a day. Get ready for “Sports Sunday.”
Council members made a forward-thinking move by approving bonds to create apartments in four LaSalle Street corridor buildings. We urge the council to move forward on a plan to bring back coach houses and other accessory dwelling units.
Keith Zerbian writes that he used to enjoy going out in Boystown not for the drinks but for the camaraderie, which would often end with a late-night coffee. He talks about what it’s like to get a coffee today as a gay man at his suburban Dunkin’ Donuts.
The Greater Chicago Sudanese American Association was started to help underprivileged communities in Sudan and Sudanese refugees in the United States. The nonprofit’s immediate goal, however, is to feed the hungry amid the African nation’s latest conflict.
The treatment Clark is getting in her debut season “has persuaded me to return to my longstanding policy of total indifference to the WNBA,” columnist Gene Lyons writes.
U.S. District Court Judge Harry Leinenweber, who died Tuesday, taught a one-man master class in life. A man of reason, a man in full, a husband, a father, a grandfather, a great-grandfather. A golfer, a raconteur, an intellectual who loved people, a teller of tall — but true — tales.
Metra is blowing tens of millions of dollars, with terrible oversight, on a warehouse in Harvey it bought in 2020. This is why transit agency reforms are a must.
Twenty-one years ago, a 6-year-old girl gave us the answer to good parenting.