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A welcome ray of sunlight at the Police Department

EDITORIAL: In law enforcement, the “Untouchables” are supposed to be the good guys — law officers who are absolutely incorruptible. Unfortunately, there’s another class of law enforcement “untouchables,” bad apples who have hidden their depredations behind secret files and a code of silence for so long they feel no one can touch them, and that they can get away with anything. Not anymore.

Elite CPS high schools need to reconsider race as factor

EDITORIAL: It’s time for the Chicago Public Schools to consider re-introducing race as a factor when picking freshmen for its elite selective enrollment high schools. CPS in 2010 dropped race as one admissions factor for these test-based schools, insisting it wasn’t legally permissible in light of a 2007 U.S. Supreme Court decision. A review of the legal landscape, however, suggests a second look is way overdue.

Jet tragedy gives Putin opportunity for peace

EDITORIAL: The search is on for “black boxes” that could shed light on what happened when a missile apparently downed a Malaysian jetliner Thursday afternoon, killing all 298 aboard. Too bad there are no diplomatic “black boxes” that would reveal how to defuse what is shaping up in eastern Ukraine to be the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War.

City must invest in mass transit

EDITORIAL: Officials from the Africa’s five richest nations are coming to Chicago this month to see how transportation can make a city successful. But if those African officials look closely, they’ll see a regional transit system that is struggling. It needs about $20 billion just to catch up with deferred maintenance and replacement. And simply catching up won’t be good enough, especially for Chicago’s booming downtown.

No complaints over cool summer temps

EDITORIAL: Chicagoans may be split on the region’s up and down weather this summer, but there’s no ambivalence here. Who likes it burning hot? Not us.

Voters get circus but no NRI answers

EDITORIAL: Wednesday’s hearing on the botched anti-violence Neighborhood Recovery Initiative was something to see — if you like a circus. But you would have been disappointed if you were a Republican hoping for campaign fodder, a Democrat hoping to swat this issue away or a citizen hoping for some answers.

Editorial: Why Millennium Park deserves a fifth star on the Chicago flag

EDITORIAL: Maybe Millennium Park should be honored with a fifth star on Chicago’s flag. The park, which turns 10 on Wednesday, has done as much for the city’s image as did the subjects of the flag’s four existing stars: Fort Dearborn, the Chicago Fire, the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 and the Century of Progress Exposition of 1933.

Rahm, voters need strong challenger in mayoral race

EDITORIAL: Mayor Rahm Emanuel dodged a political tsunami on Tuesday named Toni Preckwinkle. Preckwinkle opted against running for mayor, a decision that may be good news for the mayor but the same may not be true for democracy in Chicago.

Keep up pressure for sane gun laws

EDITORIAL: We could throw up our hands after a brazen gunman killed a photographer and then kept shooting at other people on a Saturday afternoon on a busy street in a neighborhood where shootings aren’t common. The shooting added to a ceaseless toll of horror that seems to flow like river of blood. Three others died and 29 were hurt by gunfire over the weekend. The Independence Day weekend before: 16 dead, more than 60 wounded.

For-profit schools can’t prey on students

EDITORIAL: One reason to go to college is to get new experiences, but being defrauded shouldn’t be one of them. Sadly, that’s exactly what happens to many students who yield to high-pressure recruiters and sign up for unscrupulous for-profit schools that leave them with crushed dreams and hopelessly in debt.

Jail’s mentally ill need treatment

EDITORIAL: Jawaun Westbrook, a young man with a long history of mental illness, allegedly attacked two women with a hammer on Thursday near Navy Pier. But at Cook County Jail, it is worth noting, Westbrook is hardly an outlier. At least 30 percent of the jail’s population also suffer from mental illness. The county jail is in fact — and to our shame — the largest mental health hospital in the state.

Israel desperate for new ideas,  new leadership

EDITORIAL: Is there a path to peace in Israel?

Seeing how Park Grill deal was cooked up isn’t appetizing

EDITORIAL: You won’t find “Chicago juice” on the menu at the Park Grill restaurant in Millennium Park. But even as Laura O’Malley, a former top park district official, was spending what for her was a long afternoon Wednesday on the witness stand talking about the Park Grill, it was clear that Chicago juice — insider influence — was a big part of why the restaurant got what Mayor Rahm Emanuel called a “lopsided contract” that cost taxpayers an unnecessary $8 million

Congress should approve funds  to help ease  immigration crisis

EDITORIAL: The United States has a real world problem on its hands and a real world solution is required. And quickly. A flood of children, many alone, are overwhelming the borders in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. On Tuesday, President Barack Obama took a major step toward forward in confronting this humanitarian crisis by formally requesting $3.7 billion from Congress.

Metra, Madigan and the ugly ways of clout

EDITORIAL: The legislative inspector general’s report on House Speaker Michael Madigan and Metra could easily have been titled, “How Clout Works.”