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John McCormick
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This headline says it all.
You knew it would come, everybody knew it would come: How can City Hall make a mandatory $550 million payment to police and fire pension funds? Sure enough, kaboom, first question. What followed was Monday evening's mayoral debate, reduced to its essence:
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Blame the adults, not the kids.
Little League International has stripped Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West Little League team of its U.S. title after it was found the team knowingly used ineligible players who lived outside of approved geographic boundaries, the league announced Wednesday morning.
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Make "more money for education" come alive.
Public education in Illinois faces an array of long-entrenched challenges. Over the past year, some Democratic legislators have taken aim at one of those challenges, how state tax revenue is allocated to schools. That's a fine first step. With help from an education-minded Republican governor, it's a first step that — unlike many first steps in Springfield — could lead to a cluster of solutions.
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With this week's vengeful attack, add one more entry — in French — to a terror timeline scripted in blood. For two decades these militant Islamist assaults on liberal Western lands and their freedoms have raged: The Paris subway bombing of 1995. The conscription of U.S. airliners as jet fuel missiles in 2001. The Madrid train bombings and the murder of a Dutch filmmaker in 2004. The London transit bombings in 2005. The Molotov cocktail immolation...
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A high-priced condominium development may be headed to North Wabash Avenue, just north of Trump International Hotel & Tower.
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Maybe she could incorporate a George Lucas museum?
Chicago officials are expected to announce this week that a Chinese developer is moving ahead with plans for an 89-story riverfront residential and hotel tower, to be designed by Chicago architect Jeanne Gang , according to sources close to the deal.
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Say it ain't so, Jackie.
In youth sports, when adults cheat, kids lose. So on a glum Wednesday in February, the world learns that, whether by design or gross neglect of due diligence, the grown-ups who shepherded Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West Little League team to an inspiring national championship had put together an illicit roster; they included ineligible players who live outside the team’s approved geographic boundaries. In response, officials of Little League Inter...
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Is it possible that the Middle East has become so unstable that an Arab-Israeli peace deal is no longer unthinkable?
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The cartoon is worth the click!
The unfolding saga of site selection for Barack Obama 's presidential library has become more than a frustration.
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A short drive west of Chicago .....
The native prairie tallgrasses look lifeless in late December. But even in the drab sepia of winter they promise the same vivid spring brilliance as when they covered 60 percent of Illinois, some 22 million acres. Today, owing to urbanization, agriculture, invasive species and suppression of natural burns, the Prairie State has only 2,500 acres of ... prairie.
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A passer-by is being credited with saving the life of a man who plunged into the Chicago River early Wednesday by tossing him a life preserver.
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The reports from school districts have rolled in daily to Chicago-area health departments, and the graphs on the weekly influenza charts are soaring upward. Flu season has arrived, earlier than usual and packing a punch that has sent hundreds of students and teachers home with fever, chills and vomiting.
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Scott Stantis's profile photo
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Deputy Editorial Page Editor, Chicago Tribune
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    Deputy Editorial Page Editor, 2000 - present
  • Newsweek
    Midwest Bureau Chief, 2000
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Introduction

John McCormick joined the editorial board of the Chicago Tribune in September 2000 and was named deputy editor of the editorial pages in May 2001. He writes primarily about public corruption, violent crime and national affairs. Before joining the Tribune, he was Chicago bureau chief of Newsweek, where he directed the magazine’s coverage of 10 Midwestern states.

He received the 2002 Distinguished Writing Award for editorial writing from the American Society of Newspaper Editors, and the 2003 Walker Stone Award for editorial writing from the Scripps Howard Foundation. In 2009, he and colleagues Marie Dillon and Bruce Dold received the Society of Professional Journalists award for editorial writing. They also were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in editorial writing. Dillon and McCormick again were finalists in 2010. In 2011, McCormick was named a finalist for the third consecutive year.

McCormick began his journalism career as a night copy clerk for the Chicago Daily News while he was a student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. After graduating from Northwestern in 1972, he worked as a reporter and columnist for the Dubuque (Iowa) Telegraph Herald. He also freelanced from the Midwest for the Los Angeles Times, Newsweek and the Atlantic Monthly.

In 1982, McCormick joined Newsweek as a Chicago-based correspondent. He became Chicago bureau chief in 1987. He focused on policy questions through the lives of the people they influence: how women welfare recipients claw their way into the mainstream economy, why juvenile court judges often return children to the parents who had brutally abused them, what forces drive the nation’s homicide rate.

Since McCormick joined the Tribune, his editorials have helped push Chicago to slash its intolerably high murder rate by approximately one-third. He also writes about the intersection of corruption, politics and governance in Chicago and Illinois.

McCormick is a native of Manchester, Iowa. He and his wife, Dawn, have two sons, Michael and Conor.

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Sold Chicago Tribune newspapers at age 13 in Manchester, Iowa.
Education
  • Northwestern University
    journalism
  • Campion Jesuit High School