EDITORIAL: A young man is punched. The young man dies. An investigation is conducted. The investigation is a joke. The Sun-Times exposes the joke. Another investigation is conducted. The second investigation is a joke. The Sun-Times exposes the second joke. And nobody in on the joke pays the price.
EDITORIAL: We are obsessed with protecting children in America. We regulate where they sit in cars (in a car seat, not in the front), how they sleep (no bumpers in cribs, no drop-down railings) and what they eat and drink (no cigarettes or alcohol, of course). But when it comes to shooting a gun at a firing range, we let adult discretion take over. A nine-year-old girl wants to shoot an Uzi? That’s just fine.
EDITORIAL: When almost all the grown-ups say it’s a bad idea to raise the speed limit on the Illinois tollways, they’re worth heeding. And by grown-ups, we don’t mean the legislators who last spring overwhelming approved a bill to raise the speed limit from 65 to 70 mph on more than 200 tollway miles.
EDITORIAL: It’s time to pull the plug on the Chicago City Council’s inspector general, an office we not-so-affectionately call the “fake IG.” The office — dreamed up in 2010 by aldermen who sought to appear reform-minded but actually wanted a do-nothing office with no real power to effectively investigate them — was doomed from the start. It’s time to finally get this right.
EDITORIAL: Let’s wade right into this one and take sides: A man on a United Airlines flight on Sunday who used a gadget called the Knee Defender to prevent a woman in front of him from reclining her seat was completely out of line.
EDITORIAL: To be a success, Pullman will require sufficient start-up funding — that’s where Congress comes in.
EDITORIAL: Gov. Pat Quinn signed a couple of bills last week to make it easier for voters to get rid of unnecessary and wasteful units of government. This is nice because Illinois is the king of boutique governments, tiny tax-soaking entities that often handle a single job, such as street lighting or storm drainage. But the bills Quinn signed are fly swatters at a garbage dump. They won’t help much.
EDITORIAL: You are the United States Little League champions, Jackie Robinson West. Whatever happens Sunday, you will remember these golden days forever. May life give you many more.
EDITORIAL: Everybody who knows anything about Illinois’ sordid political history knows this: Almost every chapter includes abuses related to hiring or to contracting. So what to make of Friday’s news about patronage abuses at the Illinois Department of Transportation under Gov. Pat Quinn? He should have known better.
EDITORIAL: For the next week, more than 400 frantic families who had planned to enroll at a new charter school near Chatham will instead be scrambling to find a new school. Those 400 plus kids and 40 laid-off teachers are paying a huge price, just the latest and strongest indication that CPS and the charter school community must do a better job overseeing and policing Chicago’s charter schools.
EDITORIAL: For years, the United States and Great Britain have followed a steadfast policy against paying ransom for the release of a kidnapped citizen. But dollars regularly flow in the rest of Europe. The result is a thriving kidnapping trade by al-Qaida and its affiliates. If the West wants a shot at ending this horrifying practce, America, Britain and the rest of Europe must agree on a single response to ransom requests.
EDITORIAL: Rahm Emanuel, people keep saying, is not a “real Chicagoan,” which is ridiculous. It’s not as if Mayor Emanuel grew up on the wealthy North Shore, went to New Trier, danced ballet instead of playing bare-handed softball, built a career in Washington and married an artsy girl from a suburb of Cleveland. No, wait. That’s exactly what he did. But Emanuel, in our book, is a real Chicagoan all the same. Real enough, anyway.
EDITORIAL: Does the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., raise “important issues about race that need to be discussed?” Depends on who you ask.
EDITORIAL: The news from farms across the Midwest is of a record corn crop, made huge by months of wet weather. Why then do so many Americans still go hungry?
EDITORIAL: As if there were no one else for the job. The United Nations last week chose a law professor who has made inflammatory anti-Israel statements to head a commission charged with examining possible war crimes in Gaza. It’s a mistake to include Canadian William Schabas, an expert in international criminal and human rights law, on the three-member panel. Schabas should recuse himself or the U.N. Human Rights Council should replace him.