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Back to the past with mayor’s move

EDITORIAL: Our beef is not necessarily with Emanuel’s anointed one, Kurt Summers. Our beef is with the complete disregard for an open, democratic process.

Fix pot law conflicts so industry can grow

EDITORIAL: Here’s what’s clear: A marijuana gold rush is coming to Illinois. Here’s what’s not so clear: How will fundamental conflicts between state and federal laws governing marijuana be resolved? Because until those conflicts are worked out, too much of this lucrative industry will be a cash business, ripe for fraud and organized crime, and nobody — consumers or suppliers — can feel completely safe from federal snooping and sanctions.

Time to get ahead of Ebola

EDITORIAL: Our advanced medical system ultimately will contain the disease. But as more mistakes come to light and the diagnoses grow, we can take nothing for granted.

Editorial: Bruce Rauner for governor

EDITORIAL: Bruce Rauner can’t wait to get Illinois moving again, for the benefit of each and every one of us.

Editorial: Why we are back in the endorsement business

EDITORIAL: The Chicago Sun-Times will again endorse candidates in elections. We will plunge back in Sunday with an endorsement in the race for governor, and we will make endorsements in the February Chicago municipal elections and other key local races.

How to cut county prison  population

EDITORIAL: For several years, county officials have proclaimed the need for reducing the population at Cook County Jail, but nothing has happened. Now, finally, the county is making progress. But more needs to be done.

Rahm drives around pension pothole

EDITORIAL: It’s so much easier to dig a hole than to climb out. And Chicago’s hole is very deep. We’re talking here about the city’s nearly $20 billion public employee pension liability, a money pit so huge it threatens to swallow the whole town. Over the last several years, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has aggressively sounded the alarm about the city’s massive pension hole. But in the mayor’s proposed 2015 city budget, all that forward momentum — that climbing out of holes, if you will — stops cold.

Economy only thing that matters

EDITORIAL: Illinois voters in the final days before the Nov. 4 gubernatorial election will be assaulted by a lot of noise.Class warfare will be waged, new patronage allegations leveled, resumes pumped up to even greater absurdity. Ignore it all. One thing — and only one thing — matters in the race for governor: Which candidate is best fit to grow the economy of Illinois while there still is time, creating new jobs at every level, and clean up our state’s fiscal mess.

Brown: Columbus Day Parade not what it used to be — politically

“All right, front line, come with me.” That order Monday from an organizer of Chicago’s Columbus Day Parade would have once set off a flurry of sharp elbows from politicians crowding into the front row. But even the return of the Columbus parade to where …

Council doubles down on being dumb

EDITORIAL: Last we counted, the City Council had 50 aldermen. So why anyone thinks it needs a 51st is beyond us.

Laudable state program has  too many holes

EDITORIAL: Too bad the Legislature didn’t apply a little weather-stripping to keep its energy-efficiency program from leaking money and promised jobs.

Columbus Day Parade sends powerful message

EDITORIAL: The theme of this year’s parade is the brave effort by thousands of Italians during the Nazi era to save Jews from the horror of the Holocaust.

Help families deal with risk of gun violence

EDITORIAL: Relatives are generally the first people to notice when someone can’t be trusted with firearms. But under Illinois law, they can’t do anything about it. The Legislature should fix that.

Red-light camera review discouraging, but improvement in progress

EDITORIAL: Red light enforcement cameras dot the city of Chicago, ticking off drivers on a daily basis. Yet, they remain. There’s been no mutiny, we assume, because enough drivers think they help make the city safer, or at least do no significant harm. There’s been an understanding that the cameras don’t unfairly spit out tickets, as well as an assumption that the city was probably checking to make sure. Turns out neither are true historically.

Court can speed the inevitable finalization of gay marriage

EDITORIAL: In the quest for marriage equality, the good news last week kept tripping over itself.