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The speed limit some roads Illinois will increase 70 mph come Jan. 1.  |  AP file photo

The speed limit on some roads in Illinois will increase to 70 mph come Jan. 1. | AP file photo

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Updated: June 10, 2013 2:04PM

Parents, neighborhood groups, the Chicago Sun-Times editorial board and now a panel of retired judges are asking the Chicago Board of Education to reconsider its plan to close 53 schools this year. Earlier this week, the school board admitted it had overestimated the amount to be saved by these draconian cuts. All the same, it appears the board will continue to execute its original plan. While we cheer the efforts of the Bulls on Chicago’s West Side, there appears to be another bull running amok at the Board of Education.

Daniel Pupo, Bellwood

Chicago needs concealed carry

Gun crime has plunged in America while conceal-carry rights and gun ownership have boomed. Isn’t this proof that “shall issue” conceal-carry laws reduce crime and Chicago needs one ASAP?

Matthew Wilson, Brookfield

Keep low-income tutoring

Illinois is considering doing away with free after-school tutoring programs for low-income students (Supplemental Educational Services). If a waiver is passed this month, more than 40,000 students will not have the opportunity to receive free tutoring services. Approximately 96 percent of these students are ethnic minorities.

Why should tutoring be reserved for wealthy families who can afford it? This imbalance perpetuates the education gap.

Lauren Kilcommons, Stickney

70 mph is a bad idea

The Illinois Insurance Association opposes legislation that raises the speed limit on interstate highways to 70 miles an hour from 65. While deaths on Illinois roadways have decreased in recent years, statistics show a dramatic rise in fatalities attributable to speeding. In 2009, speeding contributed to 325 highway fatalities. This number jumped to 439 in 2011.

The insurance industry supports laws that make Illinois roadways safe for all motorists. Raising the speed limit seems convenient at first glance, but statistics prove otherwise. Driving faster puts lives in danger.

Kevin J. Martin, executive director,Illinois Insurance Association

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