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A whole lot of nothing from the City Council

EDITORIAL: For a moment earlier this year it appeared as if two key good government reforms might be embraced by the Chicago City Council. What fools we were for getting our hopes up. We’d like, then, to inform our fellow Chicagoans — voters who will cast ballots for aldermanic and mayoral candidates in just over two months — just what your aldermen have been up to. A bunch of nothing.

Rewriting the Sony cyberattack script

EDITORIAL: In America, the script isn’t supposed to work like this: Threats are made against a perfectly legal movie, and the studio — instead the making one of those defiant stands we’ve seen so often in the last reel — simply pulls the film. sWhich actor in this sorry episode could possible be played by John Wayne?

Unions may win hollow victory with pension suit

EDITORIAL: The 14 Chicago library clerks, truck drivers and teacher aides that sued this week to stop cuts to city pensions have every right to fight for their benefits. If sympathy were the only criteria, they’d surely win. But consider what the unions behind this destructive lawsuit are missing: If the unions win in court, their members could end up losing big time — their pension funds could go belly up.

time for new course in Cuba

EDITORIAL: If something doesn’t work for more than 50 years, it might work in 60, right? Or 75? Well, maybe not. President Barack Obama was correct Wednesday to chart a new course for U.S.-Cuba relations.

Stop gun violence, honor Demario

EDITORIAL: The principal of an Englewood high school spoke for all of us this week when she cried out after one of her honor roll student, Demario Bailey, was shot and killed Saturday afternoon by a group of teens with a gun under a viaduct. “I know I speak for every educator who continuously deals with this type of tragedy in saying we are sick and tired of being sick and tired,” Garland Thomas-McDavid, principal of Johnson College Prep, said in a statement. “The apologies are not enough.”

Grant clemency to keep justice on the rails

EDITORIAL: Here’s one thing Illinois has a lot of: unresolved petitions for clemency. With a backlog that dates back to former Gov. Rod. Blagojevich, we’re a national leader. Gov. Pat Quinn should whittle down that pile before he leaves office, and while he does so he should grant executive clemency to Willie Johnson.

Madigan gets it right: Voters should pick comptroller

EDITORIAL: Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan made the right call Monday: Voters should get to fill the vacant state comptroller’s seat in the next election.

When a duck’s days of quacking are over

EDITORIAL: Lame-duck governors really should know when their quacking days are over. With that in mind, we strongly support a bill by Sen. Julie Morrison, D-Deerfield, that would prohibit future lame-duck governors from doing what our current lame-duck, Gov. Quinn, did just last week — appoint a new executive director to run the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority.

The birth of a movement in Hong Kong

EDITORIAL: Signs that the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong are over — but not finished — abound.

Joe Berrios and the finer points of hiring

EDITORIAL: If there’s one thing Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios is certain of, it’s this: He has a right to hire any old way he wants to hire, including padding his payroll with relatives. On Thursday, a federal monitor begged to differ, filing a report saying Berrios hasn’t rooted out nepotism, favoritism and political hiring from his office. You can almost hear Berrios, who has hired an estimated 15 relatives, saying: So, what’s your point?

An old folks home for psychopaths

EDITORIAL: As a rule, bad guys mellow with age. It gets tougher to climb a fence to break into a house. Bar fights look less advisable. People generally calm down and develop a bit of sense. This is one reason this editorial page tends to support a greater access to parole for graying non-violent prisoners. But now let’s consider the exceptions, which would be your pure psychopaths. Let us consider, that is to say, Steve Mandell. Prison was made for this guy. May it be his old folks home until he dies.

Let voters make call on new comptroller

EDITORIAL: In coming to a constitutionally valid plan to appoint a new state comptroller to replace Judy Baar Topinka, who died Tuesday, what matters most is to respect the likely preferences of the state’s voters — back in November and in a future election.

Best home for Obama library is Washington Park

EDITORIAL: It’s Barack and Michelle Obama’s decision to make, of course. But the first couple surely wants Chicagoans to have a say in the siting of the presidential library. With that blessing understood, we’ll lay it all on the line. The museum belongs on Chicago’s South Side, as we made clear in an editorial last month. More specifically, the very best home for the library is the corner of Martin Luther King Drive and Garfield Blvd., just west of Washington Park.

In losing the Judy Party, Illinois loses a treasure

EDITORIAL: In Illinois, we had the Republican Party, and the Democratic Party — and the Judy Party. That’s what the late Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka told the Chicago Sun-Times Editorial Board the last time we met with her. At the time, we were pressing her on one of her many cheerful deviations from the party line.

Ignore the noise:  Torture doesn’t work

EDITORIAL: Of the many messages in the scathing Senate Intelligence Committee report on C.I.A. torture released this week, one should remain front and center in the minds of all Americans today and for years to come: Torturing suspects is not only wrong and inhumane, it is also highly ineffective — and, according to the Senate report, even more ineffective than we already knew.