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Show this to every high school student in your life.
Mortarboards, tassels, robes — across America, high school classes of 2015 prep for Graduation Day. Vast throngs, cameras flashing, will swell with pride and expectation: You're on your way! Savvy parents, though, have been steering their grads toward a goal more crucial than a new adventure, a college degree and an impressive, rewarding career. "Please," they'll murmur amid the season's pomp and circumstance, "make good choices. Be careful out...
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This doesn't help .....
Decades of craven trade-offs by Chicago and Illinois politicians hit taxpayers with costly consequences once again Tuesday. Moody's Investors Service downgraded the city's credit rating by two notches, to junk. That means Chicagoans likely must pay much higher interest to borrow money for the city's many needs. And the spreading awareness that Illinois governments can't control their pension crises casts new suspicion on the creditworthiness of...
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How could she do such a thing!
A supervisor at the Illinois Department of Revenue made a mistake last fall. She decided to help out with a backlog of tax returns in her department.
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Doing well! Keep going!
What better way to celebrate the Hubble Space Telescope's quarter-century in orbit than with cosmic fireworks?
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From the horrific OKBOMB slaughter of April 19, 1995, came resolve -- and healthy American resilience.
"The first piece of evidence fell out of the sky. At about 9 a.m. on April 19, 1995, Richard Nichols, a maintenance man in Oklahoma City, was huddled on the floor of his car, cowering from an enormous blast that seemed to sweep over him like a prairie twister, when he heard a strange whooshing noise. It sounded, he thought, like a giant boomerang spinning right at him. With a crash, a heavy rod of twisted metal smashed into the hood of his car, s...
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Cardinal Francis George, dead at 78.
Cardinal Francis George , the first Chicago native to serve as the local archbishop and a man who during that 17-year tenure became the intellectual leader of the American church, has died after a years long struggle with cancer. He was 78.
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Tell us again why Rahm Emanuel wanted to be re-elected mayor of Chicago?
Chicagoans, pay close attention to a new warning from Moody's Investors Service : The city must solve the crisis devouring its public employee pension funds, but even if it does, there's extremely rough going ahead.
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As the Boston bombing jury weighs Tsarnaev's fate .....
Think what you will of the death penalty. I'm not here to influence you, nor could I. Zealots pro and con wouldn't waver, and everyone else would go right on judging case by case: When Gallup pollsters in 2001 asked whether Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh should be executed, 81 percent of respondents said yes and 16 percent — the hard-core opponents — said no. Even among respondents who said they generally oppose capital punishment, 58 perce...
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Services at noon Thursday.
Cardinal Francis George will be buried in the George family plot at All Saints Cemetery & Mausoleum in suburban Des Plaines, where his parents, Francis J. and Julia R. George, were laid to rest.
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The Chicago archdiocese rejected him as a boy. As a man, he led its 2.2 million Catholics for 17 years.
Think back to the high-school-freshman you — uncertain, fragile, insecure. Put yourself now in the shoes, and the crutches, of young Francis George from St. Pascal Parish in Portage Park. Polio had robbed him of baseball, bicycling and running. He had lost several months of school yet finished first in his grade-school class. That qualified him to pursue his career dream — until he got to Quigley Preparatory Seminary: Owing to his disability th...
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There will be plenty of bathrooms.
Just weeks after Opening Day, Tom Ricketts , chairman of the Chicago Cubs, joins Chicago Tribune Editorial Page Editor Bruce Dold onstage to discuss the future of Wrigley Field and the Cubs. Extensive renovation plans for the century-old ballpark have sparked heated debate among the surrounding business community, residents, baseball fans and elected officials. Audience questions will be included in the discussion. ;
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    Deputy Editorial Page Editor, 2000 - present
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    Midwest Bureau Chief, 2000
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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