Will your mailed-in ballot be counted? We did a test-mailing to see.

Anthony Vazquez / Sun-Times A Sun-Times test involving 100 simulated ballots saw just 1 fail to arrive within 2 weeks. But if real-life mail voting goes like that, it still could leave thousands in Chicago disenfranchised. Chicago’s mail-in voters who don’t hurry to send in their ballots might have something to worry about. Elections and […]

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ENDORSEMENT: Dan Patlak for Cook County Board of Review, 1st District

The Sun-Times endorses Republican incumbent Dan Patlak to keep his seat in the Cook County Board of Review 1st District. | Sun-Times Patlak is less openly opposed to Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi’s reform efforts — and the board needs at least one Republican. The COVID-19 pandemic has been an earthquake for Cook County’s system […]

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ENDORSEMENT: Iris Y. Martinez for Cook County Circuit Court Clerk

The Sun-Times endorses state Sen. Iris Martinez for Cook County Circuit Court Clerk. | James Foster/For the Sun-Times Here’s hoping her experience as a lawmaker helps her become the effective leader the office sorely needs. The next Cook County Circuit Court Clerk must be a strong, savvy boss with the will and ability to end […]

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ENDORSEMENT: Dick Durbin for the U.S. Senate and a new Democratic majority

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is endorsed for re-election by the Sun-Times. | Erin Scott/pool via AP Durbin, the Senate Democratic whip, will be a powerful player in Washington if voters sweep out the Senate’s failed Republican majority. For similar reasons, we have endorsed only Democrats for Congress in this election cycle. Dick Durbin has come […]

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ENDORSEMENT: Robin Kelly for Congress in 2nd District

Robin Kelly is endorsed by the Sun-Times in the 2nd Congressional District general election. | Sun-Times Media We endorse Kelly for re-election so that she might continue her work for saner gun laws and greater equity in health care. In February of last year, Rep. Robin Kelly of Matteson served as speaker pro tempore, wielding […]

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New marijuana dispensary licenses stalled again as Pritzker vows to ‘get … it right’

Sun-Times file photo A day after saying his administration was going to give losing applicants another chance, the governor said a new review process will ensure there are “as many people in that final lottery as deserve to be there.” A day after giving losing applicants a second chance to qualify for a lottery to […]

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ENDORSEMENT: Danny K. Davis for Congress in 7th District

Danny K. Davis is endorsed by the Sun-Times in the 7th Congressional District. | Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times This race is a rerun from two years ago. We endorse Davis again, but wish the voters had a better choice.  Two years ago, we endorsed Rep. Danny K. Davis for re-election with reluctance. We wrote that he was […]

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ENDORSEMENT: Raja Krishnamoorthi for Congress in 8th District

Raja Krishnamoorthi is endorsed by the Sun-Times in the 8th Congressional District. | Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times He’s among the more industrious members of the House, and a cut above many other members of the Illinois delegation. Though first elected to Congress just four years ago, Raja Krishnamoorthi of Schaumburg has been among the more industrious […]

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ENDORSEMENT: Janice D. Schakowsky for Congress in 9th District

Jan Schakowsky is endorsed by the Sun-Times in the 9th Congressional District. | Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times Schakowsky has been a forceful critic of the worst policies of the Trump administration, as well as a leader on health care reform and in addressing violence against women. Incumbent Jan Schakowsky, of Evanston, has always run a responsive […]

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ENDORSEMENT: Brad Schneider for Congress in 10th District

The Sun-Times endorses Brad Schneider for Congress in the 10th District. | Rich Hein/Sun-Times Schneider has been sensitive to the particular needs of his district, even as he’s been a predictable Democratic vote on national issues. One of the more heartbreaking examples of what can happen when government makes bad decisions was the economic damage […]

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ENDORSEMENT: Bill Foster for Congress in 11th District

The Sun-Times endorses Bill Foster in the 11th Congressional District. | Rich Hein/Sun-Times In times like these, it’s nice to have an actual scientist — a nuclear physicist, no less — in Congress. At a time when the discipline of science is being trashed by those who would rather ignore crises such as climate change […]

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Something big is starting at St. Rita

St. Rita’s Christian Henry dribbles the ball against TF North. | Allen Cunningham/For the Sun-Times The abundance of talent that permeates through the program right now is eye-opening. One decade ago, Gary DeCesare took over a St. Rita basketball program that had won three regional titles in school history. After going 43-34 in his first […]

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Republican state legislator apologizes for remarks about Black LGBTQ rival — ‘shocked’ Democrats demand GOP condemnation

Republican state Rep. Amy Grant, left, and Democratic challenger Ken Mejia-Beal, right, participate in a Sun-Times endorsement interview earlier this month. | Screen images. In a live streamed news conference Monday, Assistant Majority Leader Will Davis, D-Hazel Crest, played three audio clips, each from ten to 15 seconds in length, of a conversation between state Rep. […]

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LaSalle Street titans slam proposed transaction tax on financial exchanges

Chicago City Hall, with the Board of Trade building in the background. | Sun-Times file Testifying before a City Council Finance Committee once chaired by his grandfather, Terry Duffy, chairman and CEO of the CME Group, called a transaction tax a “path to fiscal disaster” for Chicago. The titans of LaSalle Street warned Monday they […]

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ENDORSEMENT: Sean Casten for Congress in 6th District

The Sun-Times endorses Sean Casten in the 6th Congressional District. | Rich Hein/Sun-Times We endorse Casten because our country just got to get back to working out the answers to big problems based on facts, with compassion for the underdog, and in a spirit of pulling together. Last December, Rep. Sean Casten, as a member […]

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Rookie aldermen chosen to lead reparations subcommittee

Chicago’s City Hall. | Sun-Times file At a time when the death of George Floyd has triggered a racial reckoning across the nation, Aldermen Shirley Coleman and Andre Vasquez must confront Chicago’s long, documented history of segregation and inequity. Two rookie aldermen — Stephanie Coleman (16th) and Andre Vasquez (40th) — were chosen Monday to […]

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Illinois hits three new milestones in COVID-19 testing, still not enough for high school football, Gov. Pritzker says

Access Family Health Center in Englewood started providing coronavirus testing in May. | Sun-Times file Also on Monday, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported seven additional deaths from the coronavirus, as well as 1,477 new confirmed coronavirus cases. Illinois is doing very well in testing for the coronavirus — just not well enough to […]

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CPD adding 200 officers to Community Safety Team

The Chicago Police Department is expanding its Community Safety Team. | Sun-Times file The Community Safety Team is tasked with supplementing efforts by district commanders while also reaching out to community leaders in an attempt to forge stronger relationships between police and residents on the South and West sides. The Chicago Police Department’s Community Safety […]

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Bears RB David Montgomery exits with injury after landing on head vs. Giants

Montgomery had five carries for 23 yards before exiting. | For the Sun-Times Montgomery took a hard hit leaping through the line of scrimmage and went to the locker room. Both starting running backs have exited the Bears-Giants game. Shortly after seeing his counterpart Saquon Barkley leave with an apparent right leg injury, Bears running […]

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Suburban athletes show up for Let Us Play protest, but city turnout is small

Protestors hold up signs at the Let Us Play protest at the Thompson Center. | Kirsten Stickney/For the Sun-Times Saturday’s protest at the Thompson Center was designed to be a show of force and numbers to put pressure on Gov. J.B. Pritzker. It didn’t turn out that way. Saturday’s Let Us Play protest at the […]

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Mourn for now the death of a great American, Ruth Bader Ginsburg — and do nothing more

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg in Chicago in 2013. | Sun-Times file photo To shove a Trump nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court through the Senate now, weeks before the November election, would be the ultimate act of hypocrisy and betrayal by the Republican Party. The news of the death of Justice Ruth Bader […]

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Cook County watchdog eyeing retirement after helping find successor: ‘It’s good government’

Cook County Inspector General Patrick Blanchard | Tom Cruze/Chicago Sun-Times file Cook County Independent Inspector General Patrick Blanchard said he’s not being forced out. “It simply was designed to capture the reality that I’m approaching 30 years of service which is the time when people can retire if they want.” Cook County’s top watchdog plans […]

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Before The Donald, there was Big Bill of Chicago

Chicago Mayor William Hale Thompson in 1915. | Sun-Times file photo Mayor William Hale Thompson, like President Trump, made promises he could not keep. He called opponents names. He belittled them. He lived for the cheers. He admired foreign foes. As we enter the final phase of this campaign season, it has become apparent to […]

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After Dems try to oust Smollett judge, Cook County judges forego long-established group donation to party

Judge Michael Toomin at the Thompson Center in 2012. | Sun-Times file photo In a rare display of political independence at election time, judges voted 42-13 against donating to the party’s get-out-the-vote efforts as they typically would.  Cook County judges facing retention on the November ballot voted Wednesday night to forgo the long-established practice of […]

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Judges render own verdict on Dems after Toomin rejection — refuse to pony up campaign cash

Judge Michael Toomin at the Thompson Center in 2012. | Sun-Times file photo In a rare display of political independence at election time, judges voted 42-13 against donating to the party’s get-out-the-vote efforts as they typically would.  Cook County judges facing retention on the November ballot voted Wednesday night to forgo the long-established practice of […]

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