Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Illinois gets it wrong on gay conversion therapy ]]>

BY WAYNE BESEN: Illinois House members failed to protect the mental health of vulnerable lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth when they voted 44-51 late last week against banning conversion therapy for minors. Allowing this ineffective and medieval practice to continue will cause, in the words of the American Psychiatric Association, “anxiety, depression, and self-destructive behavior” for many LGBT adolescents. ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:20:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Treating pregnant workers right ]]>

BY CRISTAL THOMAS: As expectant mothers stay on the job longer into their pregnancies, there are increasing reports of employers who refuse to accommodate their conditions. Help is on the way. ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:20:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Facts just killed Obamacare haters ]]>

BY JIM NEWELL: The grounds for claiming Obamacare has been an “unmitigated disaster” are receding as more and more numbers trickle out. Republicans who hope to use an upcoming Senate hearing to bash Obamacare may get more than they bargained4 for. ]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:48:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Say yes to a fair income tax ]]>

BY RALPH MARTIRE: This November, Illinois voters can ratify two potential amendments to the state’s Constitution. Here’s hoping a third gets on the ballot — one that would allow state income tax rates to track ability to pay. This would permit voters to decide if they’d like to be taxed in a way that’s fairer than current law. ]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:41:24 -0500 <![CDATA[ The parasites of Wall Street ]]>

BY ANDREW LEONARD: As Michael Lewis explains in his new best seller “Flash Boys,” high-frequency traders are taking advantage of superior technology to insert themselves between buyers and sellers on the market and skim off a piece of the action for themselves. They serve no necessary economic function. They’re parasites. ]]> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:40:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Why did Jeb Bush drag in the word ‘love’? ]]>

BY KATHRYN JEAN LOPEZ: Was Jeb Bush right to insert love into a political debate? Such was the question I was asked on talk radio in response to the former Florida governor’s assertion that some immigrants come into the United States illegally as an “act of love.” It would be trite to say, “All You need is love.” It would oversimplify policy differences. But it could be a start. ]]> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:28:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jenny McCarthy: The gray area on vaccines ]]> Lead story image

I am not “anti-vaccine.” This is not a change in my stance nor is it a new position that I have recently adopted. For years, I have repeatedly stated that I am, in fact, “pro-vaccine” and for years I have been wrongly branded as “anti-vaccine.” My beautiful son, Evan, inspired this mother to question the “one size fits all” philosophy of the recommended vaccine schedule. I embarked on this quest not only for myself and my family, but for countless parents who shared my desire for knowledge that could lead to options and alternate schedules, but never to eliminate the … ]]> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 02:33:19 -0500 <![CDATA[ Don’t banish the world’s best and brightest ]]>

BY SARAH HABANSKY: Archaic immigration policies limit, discourage and reject the world’s best and brightest to work the United States, even on a temporary basis. The heart of the problem is an obscure, but valuable work visa: the H-1B. ]]> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:28:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ The case of the vanishing millionaire’s tax ]]>

BY BRIAN J. GAINES: Folks say tax the rich, surveys show, but most poeple also grossly underestimate how much in taxes the wealthy already pay, says a University of Illinois political scientist. ]]> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:22:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Close underperforming charter schools ]]>

BY REBECA NIEVES-HUFFMAN: We demand accountability from our neighborhood schools. We cannot treat charter schools that fail to make the grade any differently. Period. Push for the closure of underperforming charter schools. ]]> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 02:33:07 -0500 <![CDATA[ Nigerian athlete never forgets homeland ]]> Lead story image

Recently retired NFL cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha spoke softly, a fire just below the surface, about his parents’ experience as African immigrants. He could have been talking, in a way, about my own Nigerian American family. “My parents came here with nothing. And then they had four kids,” said Asomugha, 32, like me the child of Nigerian parents who came to America seeking a better life. Mine settled in Chicago, raising their seven children on the Near South Side and in southwest suburban Woodridge. Asomugha was born in Lafayette, La., and raised in L.A. “As a child, we can probably look … ]]> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 18:17:16 -0500 <![CDATA[ Pity the plutocrats ]]>

BY GENE LYONS: Pity the poor plutocrats, victims of the envious mob. You can hardly open the Wall Street Journal these days without reading a self-pitying screed by some billionaire hungry for love. A while back it was venture capitalist Tom Perkins, who equated criticism of the wealthy with the Holocaust. ]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 18:12:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘I confess: I like Illinois’ ]]>

BY JOHN CULLERTON: Lately I’ve been accused of being too optimistic about our state. Don’t get me wrong. It’s not all rainbows and unicorns. But you simply cannot ignore five years worth of progress. ]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:56:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Is there a dry cleaning gender gap? ]]>

BY KATHERINE MANGU-WARD: Earlier this week, President Barack Obama delivered this successful laugh line in a speech: “We’ll talk about dry cleaners next, right, because I know that — I don’t know why — it costs more for Michelle’s blouse than my shirt.” Obama’s not actually launching a ladies’ laundry crusade. But there are others who take the issue seriously indeed. ]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 22:58:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ More moms stay home with their children ]]>

BY MAGGIE GALLAGHER: A decades-long trend may have reversed itself. More moms are staying home full-time, according to a new report. But are they getting what they want? Perhaps. ]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 22:58:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Don’t judge sailboat rescue parents ]]>

BY MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS: Eric and Charlotte Kaufman — along with their daughters, 3-year-old Cora and 1-year-old Lyra – set out to cross the Pacific Ocean in a 36-foot sailboat. Critics wonder: What kind of parents do that? ]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 00:48:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ More shallow explanations for mass shootings ]]> Lead story image

BY MONA CHAREN. The coverage of mental illness and PTSD in the Fort Hood case threatens to reinforce an utterly unfair stereotype of veterans. While veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan have for the most part been honored for their service and welcomed home with open arms, they are burdened by civilians’ misconceptions about PTSD. ]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 00:44:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ The real agenda behind a minimum wage hike ]]> Lead story image

BY GERALD J. ROPER: With Restaurant Opportunity Centers at the forefront, the SEIU, AFL-CIO and others can execute their labor-friendly agenda out of the spotlight. ]]> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 16:50:00 -0500