BY TONI PRECKWINKLE. Comprehensive immigration reform can’t come to Cook County soon enough. By our estimates there are as many as 200,000 undocumented immigrants in Cook County without health insurance
BY ROGER SIMON. Stories on amputees have filled the media since the Boston Marathon bombing in which at least 17 people have had one or both of their legs blown off. They will want to be what they were: whole. That is not just a physical process, but a mental one.
BY RUMMANA HUSSAIN. When some people insist on treating you as a pariah in the very country you call home, the sadness is debilitating.
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BY MARIANA CHAVEZ. As I was filing my taxes last month, it reminded me that my family and others who chose public charters schools pay the same taxes as everyone else, but our 53,000 students are not getting their fair share of CPS funding.
BY MONA CHAREN. It’s plausible to grant that Obama himself did not know that IRS agents were targeting Tea Party groups, Jews and others for audits, harassment and delay. If Obama understood the conservative critique of big government even a little, he would know that his lack of knowledge is expected.
BY STATE SEN. KWAME RAOUL. My bill satisfies a court order on concealed carry, while meeting the critical need for reasonable gun safety laws in the communities most affected by violence.
BY ALEXANDER E. SHARP. The Illinois Senate should vote to legalize medical marijuana. It will help people suffering from cancer, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, HIV, spinal disease, ALS and other terrible ailments.
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BY PHIL KADNER. My mother shared the knowledge gained from a lifetime of learning to me. But she decided there were some things that I should not be taught. You could call that courage, or even wisdom. I would simply call it love.
BY MAYOR RAHM EMANUEL. While other cities are cutting seats and options for early learning, we are expanding early childhood education by more than 5,000 seats and with wraparound services for 6,000 children. We need our children to be ready to succeed on the first day of first grade and that means investing in the critical early years of their development.
By HARRY MARK PETRAKIS. A Mother’s Day memory of a woman who, for all the years I can remember, worked to help those in need.
BY REKHA BASU. Surely the Obama administration can act urgently to save the lives of detainees perhaps guilty of nothing, yet with no hope of getting out.
BY CARRIE AUSTIN AND HOWARD BROOKINS. This deal is fair to the nonprofits, and it’s fair to the taxpayers.
BY EUGENE HARRIS. Only in Chicago. An African-American “Okie” gets a warm welcome.
BY DALE MCFEATTERS. Selling “ethically made” clothes is not a lot to ask of U.S. retailers.
BY ROGER SIMON. In 1975, both Lynette Fromme and Sara Jane Moore, two women, broke the “profile” by attacking President Gerald Ford in separate assaults. An assassination profile would not have identified them in advance.
BY PETER SUDERMAN. When Obamacare was being sold to the public, the president and his supporters made big promises about the law. Don’t hold your breath.
BY ANN MCFEATTERS. President Barack Obama is absolutely correct in saying we will not go to war with Syria unless the bulk of the international community agrees that it is necessary.
BY MONA CHAREN. The Obama administration’s efforts to deny that Islamism has anything to do terror have led it into embarrassing circumlocutions and denials.
BY ERIC KOHN AND RICHARD LORENC. Illinois is in dire need of a credible opposition party, but Republican Party posturing on marriage reduces its appeal among voters.