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… ]]> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 19:12:59 -0500 <![CDATA[ Speed up DNA testing ]]> Lead story image

EDITORIAL: It probably shouldn’t be a surprise that the Illinois State Police crime lab has a backlog. What does surprise us is that no priority label was attached to testing in the case of Chicago Police Cmdr. Glenn Evans, who is charged with shoving his gun deep into the throat of a man he thought had been carrying a gun, while also holding a Taser to the man’s groin and threatening to kill him if he didn’t say where the gun was. ]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:30:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Renaming interchange a fitting tribute to Byrne ]]> Lead story image

EDITORIAL: ]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:30:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ EDITORIAL: Jury still out on justice in Koschman case ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:48:17 -0500 <![CDATA[ When common sense and gun rights collide ]]>

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. ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:56:12 -0500 <![CDATA[ Not so fast, say the grown-ups ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:27:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ Dump ‘Fake IG,’  give Ferguson more power ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 02:19:18 -0500 <![CDATA[ Leave the Knee Defender at home ]]>

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. ]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:30:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Pullman Park needs Congress’ support ]]> Lead story image

EDITORIAL: To be a success,  Pullman will require sufficient start-up funding — that’s where Congress comes in. ]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 02:19:05 -0500 <![CDATA[ Consolidating many governments in Illinois can create savings ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 02:17:03 -0500 <![CDATA[ Editorial: Thanks, Jackie Robinson West ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 02:30:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ IDOT political hiring is setback for Quinn ]]>

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. ]]> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 02:30:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ Kids pay the price for weak oversight of charter schools ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 17:55:03 -0500 <![CDATA[ When Europe pays  kidnappers, Americans die ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 02:34:02 -0500 <![CDATA[ Who sez da mare ain’t no real Chicagoan? ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 02:20:28 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ferguson, race and remedies ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:18:54 -0500