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… ]]> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 19:12:59 -0600 <![CDATA[ As prisons swell, Illinois needs wiser policies ]]> Lead story image

EDITORIAL: Illinois needs to get smarter about how it runs its prisons. A new federal census reports the prisons were filled to 173 percent of design capacity as of Sept. 30, one of the worst rates in the nation. The state disputes that, saying it’s at less than 100 percent of operational capacity, which accounts for measures such as putting two inmates in a cell. Clearly, though, the prisons are crowded. We need to do a better job finding alternatives to incarceration that don’t risk public safety. ]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:54:52 -0600 <![CDATA[ Out-of-power comet lander deserves praise ]]> Lead story image

EDITORIAL: How about that botched European comet lander, the one that flew for 10 years and then collected data for only 60 hours before running out of power? It’s more than a punch line. Despite the spacecraft’s short stint on the comet, it appears to have been well worth the effort. ]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:49:02 -0600 <![CDATA[ Chicago on cusp of election that matters ]]> Lead story image

EDITORIAL: No doubt some voters groaned this week as Rahm Emanuel launched political ads for his re-election. They probably had been looking forward to a respite after the ad barrage leading up to the Nov. 7 vote. But here’s the silver lining. The ads signify the kickoff of a different kind of election than the one we just had. This one will be much more about issues people care about. ]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:49:02 -0600 <![CDATA[ NFL passes 1st big test ]]> Lead story image

EDITORIAL: Now we’re getting somewhere. The NFL on Tuesday suspended Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson without pay for at least the rest of the season. Peterson whipped his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch. After several outrageous stumbles — including an initial decision to sit Peterson out just one day and the light initial punishment for player Ray Rice, who knocked his wife unconscious — Tuesday’s move was a big test for a chastened league. ]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:16:59 -0600 <![CDATA[ Let gov’s veto on ride sharing rules stand ]]> Lead story image

EDITORIAL: Chicago, home to the state’s only ride sharing networks, recently put rules on the books to regulate ride sharing. Now, Springfield is poised to haul Chicago’s rules off to the junkyard and impose its own. Someone needs to apply the brakes here. ]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:16:59 -0600 <![CDATA[ Fighting illegal guns is God’s work ]]> Lead story image

EDITORIAL: Blase Cupich’s arrival as archbishop presents a historic opportunity to turn Chicago away from its horrific gun violence. As Cupich officially assumes his duties Tuesday, we urge him to take a leading and visible role in fighting the devastating flow of illegal guns into our city. Nothing could be more God’s work. ]]> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 14:19:21 -0600 <![CDATA[ No other choice on immigration reform ]]> Lead story image

EDITORIAL: Go for it, President Obama. Revamp our nation’s broken and inhumane immigration system, as you long ago pledged to do. Do it regardless of the political fallout. Do it because it’s the right thing to do. ]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 02:19:11 -0600 <![CDATA[ Thank you,  Mayor Byrne ]]> Lead story image

EDITORIAL: As the years rolled, the historic importance of Jane Byrne’s singular feat — upending the smug and unresponsive Democratic Machine — became clearer than ever. After Mayor Byrne and Mayor Washington, the old Machine reasserted itself, again under a mayor named Daley, but never again could it take ordinary people, out in the neighborhoods, quite so much for granted. ]]> Sun, 16 Nov 2014 02:29:54 -0600 <![CDATA[ A good lakefront debate is welcomed ]]>

EDITORIAL: The legal fight over constructing the Lucas Museum on precious lakefront property began in earnest on Thursday. That’s good news for Chicago — even if you believe the museum belongs on the lakefront. The more conversation, the better. The more legal wrangling, the better. The more clarity about what belongs on Chicago’s lakefront, the better. ]]> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 09:03:31 -0600 <![CDATA[ Rauner must lead charge against illegal guns ]]> Lead story image

EDITORIAL: Chicago desperately needs a real leader in the fight to get illegal guns off our blood-stained streets. We believe that leader can and should be Bruce Rauner. Nothing is more important to the future of Chicago. ]]> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 10:34:38 -0600 <![CDATA[ Let towns decide firefighting staffing levels ]]> Lead story image

EDITORIAL: Just as fires can roar back if not completely doused, bad bills can pop back onto the Legislature’s agenda. Such a bad bill — one that gives labor unions more say in how many firefighters and paramedics towns must hire — is poised to reappear before the Illinois Senate. It should be rejected. ]]> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 13:49:09 -0600 <![CDATA[ One-man army fights to help dropouts ]]>

EDITORIAL: One of Chicago’s most relentless advocates is taking a bow this week. Few in Chicago — the nation, really — deserve the applause more than Jack Wuest. Wuest’s Alternative Schools Network supports 35 second-chance alternative schools and education sites in Chicago, graduating nearly 13,000 former dropouts over the last 15 years. The education group Wuest has run since the early 1970s celebrates its 40th anniversary on Thursday. ]]> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 13:49:21 -0600 <![CDATA[ Businesses should hire more veterans ]]>

EDITORIAL: People who bravely serve our nation in the military shouldn’t have to worry about getting jobs when they return home. Veterans Day is a good time for businesses to re-commit to ensuring that military veterans are finding jobs. ]]> Tue, 11 Nov 2014 14:19:31 -0600 <![CDATA[ Obamacare needs boost in illinois ]]> Lead story image

EDITORIAL: More than 168,000 people in Illinois get a federal subsidy on their health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. For their sake, the Illinois General Assembly should move quickly to make sure those tax considerations continue even if the U.S. Supreme Court next year rules against Obamacare’s current system of subsidies. ]]> Tue, 11 Nov 2014 14:19:03 -0600 <![CDATA[ Grades, before test scores, hold the secret to success ]]> Lead story image

EDITORIAL: It’s not all about the test scores, stupid. That sums up a new University of Chicago study of middle-school student performance that lays out which measures best predict success in high school and college. What matters most are middle-school grades and attendance. The real-world implications are clear: CPS should continue to scale back its intense focus on standardized tests and turn to what matters — boosting middle-school grades and attendance. ]]> Mon, 10 Nov 2014 06:15:47 -0600