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6D
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The Man Who Made Illinois Politics Shady

Every time a politician collects three salaries, writes a law benefiting himself, or appoints a friend to a government job, we should remember Stephen A. Douglas.

1W
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Ceres Cafe, Destroyer of Careers

Of all the Chicagoans who’ve suffered the Board of Trade bar’s hangovers, Eddie Johnson’s may be the most permanent.

2W
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How Old Is Too Old for Prison?

Last week, Illinois freed the Starved Rock killer at age 80. Is continuing to house prisoners his age an aid to public safety, or just a money suck?

4W
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Chicago Is Using a 20th-Century Tax System

We haven’t been a city that makes things since the 1980s, but our sales tax still applies only to things. Meanwhile, we aren’t taxing a growing pool of retirement income.

1 month
ago

What Lightfoot Sees in the LAPD

When it comes to picking a police chief, it’s the mayor’s opinion that counts. And for years, she’s had her eye on L.A.’s former top cop.

2 months
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CPS on Strike

Thousands flooded the Loop on Thursday in support of Chicago public school teachers and staff, who are demanding higher wages, smaller class sizes, and more support staff like nurses and social workers. Dispatches from Day 1 of the Chicago teacher strike:

2 months
ago

Has Kim Foxx Lived Up to Her Campaign Promises?

A new report by advocacy groups who supported Foxx finds that the State’s Attorney is mostly enacting her vision of reform. But will she be around long enough to see it through?

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