Recently, a friend asked whether I preferred electing or appointing judges. Both have strengths and weaknesses. While both involve politics, I think that the appointing authorities typically know more about the prospective judge than does the typical voter. They have the benefit of a process…

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Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, who is joined by the sheriff’s association, denounced J.B. Pritzker’s decision to stop accepting inmates who have been sentenced to prison into state prisons as a selfish display that makes life easier for the state but harder for local sheriffs.

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Racial oppression remains the United States’ most vexing problem. The struggle against it involves efforts to annihilate impediments and eliminate injustices, as well as rectify inequalities and elevate the voices and decision-making of the oppressed. As part of this fight, it is necessary t…

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