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A Jackson Park landmark was destroyed — is the South Shore Nature Area next?

Every foundation stone from the 1893 World’s Fair Women’s Pavilion was removed. Every plant from the May McAdams-designed garden was ripped out. Every tree was cut down.

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Bronzeville Lakefront development could pick up where Michael Reese Hospital left off

The mega-development reflects the fact that public health, social justice and economic development go hand in hand.

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Chicago City Council should reject new police contract until it includes more reforms

A proposed new deal with the Fraternal Order of Police contains important improvements but doesn’t go far enough.

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‘Figuring it out’ after 9/11 — and for as long as it takes

My repairman’s observation on day of the World Trade Center attacks, that terrorism just keeps happening, remains just as true 20 years later.

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America’s real longest war

Like the war in Afghanistan, America’s war on drugs has been fueled by false assumptions.

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Chicago’s public safety crisis threatens our whole city

Chicago cannot continue down this road, with a demoralized and understaffed police department and an under-resourced network of violence prevention groups.

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Chinatown deserves its own ward

A historic pattern of Asian American erasure is clear in Chicago, where just one alderman has ever identified as Asian American.

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Honor the noble service of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan by helping to feed Afghan children

Afghanistan suffers from one the highest child malnutrition rates in the world. It will only grow worse now with COVID-19 and the Taliban takeover.

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Mayor Lightfoot, please impose a vaccine mandate for conferences and conventions

A mask mandate is in place for the FABTECH conference at McCormick Place. But for conferences this large, it’s impossible to enforce.

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If an Illinois restaurant serves a ‘kid’s meal,’ the default drink now can’t be a sugar bomb

A new state law says the default option must be water, milk, or another healthy beverage — and that’s great for kids.

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Pregnant or worried about infertility? Get vaccinated against COVID-19

The science is clear that getting vaccinated does not put women at risk for infertility. It protects women and their unborn children.

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Stranded in the White House

The Biden administration wants to portray the Afghan disaster in the best light. But it cannot do that by denying that some Americans — we don’t know how many — are currently stranded in Afghanistan.

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I studied people who think leisure is a waste of time — here’s what I found

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a pronounced effect on the way we live and work. People have taken a step back. We wondered whether their attitudes toward leisure had shifted.

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How the CDC loses our trust by shaving the truth to serve a broader public health strategy

Focused on goals to increase compliance with pandemic masks and vaccinations, the CDC has actually undermined its own credibility.

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A better way to ensure clean and safe classrooms in Chicago’s public schools

Custodians have brought their concerns to the school board. But they have been ignored.

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A modest proposal for Jackson Park

A funeral pyre is one of the oldest rituals for dealing with the dead. Admittedly, Jackson Park’s trees are not dead yet, but with the coming of the Obama Center, they soon will be.

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Claims of voter suppression in new state laws don’t all hold up under closer review

Many of the laws will likely have no discernible effect, much less a negative effect, on the right to vote.

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Complicity and silence around sexual harassment are common

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his protectors were a textbook example.

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Ignore the threats. Get federal infrastructure deal done

Illinois infrastructure needs are not being fully met, even after investment by the state.

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Time is running out for older, uninsured adults in Illinois to get affordable health insurance

In Illinois, as many as 340,000 older adults ages 50 to 64 could potentially be helped by a special enrollment period that ends Aug. 15.

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Illinois won’t get a clean energy bill until Democrats learn to compromise

Coal-burning plants in Southern Illinois are at the crux of the debate. The inability of Democrats to agree on clean energy legislation is a prime example of what happens when legislators refuse to settle for most of what they want rather than all.

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Trump, Burke tax break: A million reasons to ditch Property Tax Appeals Board

PTAB is a ticking time-bomb of financial liabilities, threatening to drain billions from school districts and towns.

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On Friday, 77 years after giving his life for his country, Tech. Sgt. Arthur Countryman comes home

It has been said that soldiers don’t fight because they hate what is in front of them but because they so love that which they left behind. This was true of Countryman, who left a wife and four young children.

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New endorsement laws could create pitfalls for college athletes

Will schools in states with more favorable laws for student-athletes use that to recruit athletes to their schools? Will student-athletes be tempted to transfer from one state to another to enjoy a more favorable name, image and likeness law?

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How Modi’s Hindu nationalism impairs global fight against climate change

What happens in India may seem a far-off concern, but it has spurred protests in Chicago and is shaping the climate here.

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What will it take to build a more equitable Chicago? Investment and Innovation on the South and West Sides

As deputy mayor under Mayor Rahm Emanuel, I saw firsthand the positive impact on neighborhoods of significant economic investments.

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How limiting the Latin Mass may become the defining moment for Pope Francis

People have wondered whether Francis will cause a permanent division in the church with his new ruling. That seems like the wrong question. The divisions were already there.

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How Biden’s tax hikes will hurt Illinois businesses 

The president’s proposed tax increases aren’t pro-growth and must be stopped. Hard-working Illinoisans deserve better.

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Wearing a mask is the right thing for all students when school begins this fall

Until our country can reach herd immunity, we need to do everything we can to protect the unvaccinated, which includes children under 12.

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Invest more in kids today so they don’t become tomorrow’s headlines

The recent fatal carjacking in Hyde Park raises a question: What investments could we have made in the crime’s youthful that would have prevented this tragedy?

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Everyone should ask: What more can we do to reduce gun violence?

We need to scale up violence prevention programs

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City should settle cases of wrongful convictions based on police torture

Time and time again the dollars paid in wrongful conviction cases, including Jon Burge cases, show that an early reasonable settlement would have saved the city millions of dollars.