EDITORIAL: If prosecutors in Ferguson, Mo., could release all grand jury documents and evidence related to the death of Michael Brown, we see no reason special prosecutor Dan Webb in Chicago can’t do the same for all records in the David Koschman case. After a grand jury reached its decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch, as he had pledged to do, made public thousands of pages of normally confidential testimony, photos and exhibits. Critics of the Ferguson investigation are questioning McCulloch’s motives. But there is no doubt he had the right
EDITORIAL: Let us give thanks for a city that is stunning in its culture, vitality and promise, even as we face an uphill climb each day to do something about the city’s many problems.
EDITORIAL: We understand the rage. It is as American as apple pie. We’ve seen it before and we’ll see it again.
EDITORIAL: Chicago must do more to curtail the gun violence that is taking innocent lives and destroying neighborhoods. And Chicago must come to grips with a public employee pension liability of nearly $20 billion that threatens to cripple the city.
EDITORIAL: The minute President Obama announced his executive fiat on immigration reform Thursday, fuming Republicans essentially threatened to hold their noses until the nation’s face turns blue. Please. Republicans have a perfectly good remedy if they think Obama has gone too far. It’s called passing legislation.
EDITORIAL: Forget pension reform Plan B. It’s time for a new Plan A. The state’s pension cost-cutting law, which was first rendered legally suspect this summer, suffered a major blow on Friday when a state judge ruled it unconstitutional.Unequivocally so.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.