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Illinois has casino gambling. Why not Chicago? Gov. Quinn should let it happen. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/chapman/chi-a-chicago-casino-at-last-20140416,0,2343148.column
If you live in Illinois or visit the state and want to gamble, you have lots of options. There are ten riverboat ;casinos, in places ranging from Metropolis to East St. Louis to Joliet. But 23 years after casino gambling was legalized in Illinois, there still isn't one in the biggest city between New York and Los Angeles. Chicagoans have to take themselves and their money out of town to play.
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In March 2012, volunteers spent four days looking for a 2-year-old boy who wandered away from his home outside Houston. They found him only after volunteers reviewing images captured by a drone-mounted aerial camera saw a flash of red in a pond that had already been searched. It turned out to be a shirt worn by the child, who had drowned.
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Legalizing marijuana is an issue that plays to Democratic strengths. So why don't Democratic politicians embrace it? http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/ct-marijuana-legal-democrats-chapman-oped-0410-20140410,0,7444136.column
Legalizing marijuana is an issue made to order for the Democratic Party. A majority of Americans now support the idea, and so do two out of three Democrats. Two states have done it, and several more may vote on it in 2016.
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The United States government has a dangerous penchant for military intervention, so after Vladimir Putin invaded Crimea , it was a relief that no one talked about sending troops or deploying bombers. Sen. John McCain scotched any such notion by acknowledging glumly that "there is not a military option."
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In agreeing to curbs on NSA surveillance of phone records, Obama finally sounds like that guy who ran for president in 2008. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/ct-nsa-domestic-surveillance-oped-chapman-0330-20140330,0,1233183.column
Every so often, we get proof that Barack Obama , when confronted with a grievous abuse of government power by his administration, will do the right thing. Sometimes, I mean. When he can't get away with it anymore, that is. Just as soon as he's tried everything else.
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Conservatives say Obama emboldened Putin by abandoning our European missile defense. They've got their history wrong. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/ct-oped-chapman-0417-20140417,0,6375282.column
Hawks in the wild tend to be solitary creatures. But those in Washington, D.C. , often appear in noisy flocks. As Russian President Vladimir Putin continues his predatory activities in Ukraine, conservatives here are unanimous on how the Obama administration should respond: by emulating the Bush administration.
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In his charitable view of illegal immigration, Jeb Bush committed a major gaffe: telling the truth. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/chapman/chi-jeb-bushs-immigration-gaffe-20140409,0,3458442.column
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The Senate Intelligence Committee confirms that the CIA engaged in torture and the torture didn't work. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/chapman/chi-cia-torture-didnt-work-20140404,0,4555361.column
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Why the Supreme Court's decision on campaign contributions won't make much difference. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/ct-oped-chapman-0406-20140406,0,4802414.column
The U.S. Supreme Court decision killing limits on total donations to political candidates means billionaires will be running amok. Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson can lay out astronomical sums to help Republicans. Oilmen Charles and David Koch can see him and raise him. Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg can burn through his fortune like a blowtorch.
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The Northwestern NLRB case and Johnny Manziel's example indicate that big-time college sports are going to have to change. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/chapman/chi-the-northwestern-nlrb-decision-20140331,0,3951685.column
; Johnny Manziel , the first freshman to win a Heisman Trophy and the first Texas A&M Aggie to win once since 1957, was a great asset to his school. How great? Well, he led the Aggies to 20 wins over his two seasons. But more important, he induced an increase in contributions to A&M -- an increase of $300 million in just one year. What did the university have to give him in return? A few years of education and a place to audition for the N...
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Steve Chapman is a columnist and editorial writer for the Chicago Tribune. His twice-a-week column on national and international affairs, distributed by Creators Syndicate, appears in some 50 papers across the country.

Chapman has been a member of the Tribune editorial board since 1981. He came to the Tribune from The New Republic magazine, where he was an associate editor. He has contributed articles to several national magazines, including Slate, The American Spectator, The Weekly Standard, Reason, and National Review. He has appeared on numerous TV and radio news programs, include The CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and National Public RadioÂ’s Fresh Air, Talk of the Nation and On Point.

Born in Brady, Texas in 1954, Chapman grew up in Midland and Austin. He attended Harvard University, where he was on the staff of The Harvard Crimson, and graduated with honors in 1976. He has been a fellow at the American Academy in Berlin and the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and has served on the Visiting Committee of the University of Chicago Law School.

Chapman, who is married, has two sons, a daughter, and three stepsons. He lives in the suburbs of Chicago.

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I can sing "Happy Birthday" in the voice of Kermit the Frog.
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  • Harvard College
    History, 1972 - 1976