The opinions in and around Chicago that inform, analyze, hold power accountable and entertain.

Everything about this game was strange, starting with a matchup of bottom-of-the-barrel teams taking place in a national CBS telecast on a Sunday.
After two rebuilds over a decade, fans deserve the excitement of a division race.
With crashes involving cyclists on the rise and climate change leaving little choice but to find alternatives to fossil-burning cars, it’s time City Hall made upgrading cycling infrastructure a priority.
Steppenwolf’s troubles make it clear that City Hall, business leaders and the philanthropic community must now work together to help preserve live theater.
History has not forgotten Chicago’s Haymarket Square Riot, a peaceful labor protest that morphed into mayhem and death. However, history’s fading ink can lose heroes along the way, specifically Illinois Gov. John P. Altgeld and the famous Illinois poet Vachel Lindsay.
The Illini have the roster and the momentum to swing for the fences in the lesser, and very winnable, division.
Columnist Jacob Sullum apparently has trouble internalizing that every freedom has a limit when it constrains the freedom of others, a reader writes.
Big Game Hunting: Week 1 picks for Toledo-Illinois, Northern Illinois-Boston College, Ohio State-Indiana, Northwestern-Rutgers and more.
After seeing “Oppenheimer,” I have become more certain than ever that we must begin looking at the bomb — at all nuclear weapons — in a more nuanced and honest way if our world is to remain livable, writes retired history professor James Huffman.
The five state pension systems collectively have a staggering unfunded liability of $139 billion, and Chicago’s unfunded liability of $35.4 billion.
The “club” started with a couple of young professionals jumping into the lake at Montrose Harbor to start off their busy weekends. Hundreds, then thousands, of young folks started joining them. Then the Park District weighed in.
The anti-abortion movement should shift its focus from the law to helping women who only consider abortion because they’re desperate and really would choose life for their babies if they had some help.
The Sox administration acted responsibly. The problem is not with those in charge at Sox Park. The problem is with the ease of access to not only ordinary guns but automatic weapons that send bullets out like water from a garden hose.
Reading about West Virginia University’s plan to solve a budgetary shortfall by eliminating the study of foreign languages, it occurred to me the entire purpose of a college education has been turned inside out since my undergraduate days.
Historic markers in a southwest suburb remind us of the role scientists at the University of Chicago played in building the atomic bomb and how that legacy affects us all.
It’s a dangerous moment for a society when the very places that should be sources of ideas and community are held hostage by nameless individuals.
Chicago’s sordid history has taken away our boys’ and girls’ abilities to be kids. It has robbed our city of its potential.
“I know I’m not great,” Ross told the Sun-Times. “But I want to be great.”
Former President Donald Trump’s big mouth has undoubtedly helped him politically. But it’s inarguably hurt everyone around him, including the dozens of other defendants in his cases and convicted Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol.
Some historic buildings embody intangible experiences that are as important as the buildings themselves, writes Tim Samuelson, the city’s cultural historian emeritus.
A court decision against a Louisiana man who made a COVID joke illustrates the continuing influence of a misbegotten, century-old analogy that is frequently used as an excuse to punish or censor constitutionally protected speech.
The bad baseball and the shootings in the ballpark might have brought people to their breaking point.
There is a shake-up in leadership at the Chicago-based National Association of Realtors, and we’d say it’s way overdue.
No one needs to physically rob a bank at gunpoint anymore when a person can impersonate a fraud prevention specialist and sweet talk bank customers into handing over their life savings.
A Texan complains about immigrants doing what his whole county does.