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Guess which Illinois politicians won't accept blame for creating this crisis:
We’ve turned the Illinois Supreme Court majority opinion upside down and held each of its 20 pages to a Windexed mirror. But nowhere can we find the essential truths of Thursday's 6-1 ruling that the Illinois Constitution guarantees subsidized health care premiums to retired state employees. The candid passage we’re trying to find would have the majority saying something like this:
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"Goals: ... To underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure of policy; ... To reinforce the President and Administration's strength and steadiness in dealing with difficult challenges."
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ARLINGTON, Texas — Only nine minutes remained in the NCAA tournament championship when guard Ryan Boatright rolled his ankle.
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Illinois gay marriage: The House today narrowly approved a gay marriage bill, clearing the way for Illinois to become the 15th state to legalize same-sex unions.
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I would like to preface this article by saying that I have great respect for the City of Chicago and its citizens. I think this is made clear by the amount of time, energy and money I put into constructing a building that has won the highest acclaim on every front since it was built.
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Feb. 8, 2011. Michael Madigan sounded the knell, his cadence solemn. The man who runs Springfield warned of a new and austere epoch. His topic was pension funds edging toward dry-hole desperation. But it easily could have been children's schooling in Chicago, or sheriffs' staffing in counties statewide, or care for the disabled in prairie towns galore: Illinois would not have enough money to meet its commitments. "Again, tough decision-making, ...
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Can we agree that Don Draper sunk to a new low of lousy parenting last season on "Mad Men" when he barely took pains to hide his infidelity with the neighbor lady? That recklessness pretty much ensured that someone would walk in on one of his assignations. That someone turned out to be his preteen daughter, Sally.
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Chicago designs China's new cityscapes. Stories by Blair Kamin, photos and video by John Kim. #chicagochina.
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Somewhere a mom is thinking, "I raised a polite child. Oh ... wait ... sorry ..."
 
"I think what bothered me the most was afterward they said, ‘We’re sorry we had to put you through this,' " said Joanna Hernandez, 21, a victim. "I did not accept their apology."
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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.
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  • Northwestern University
    journalism
  • Campion Jesuit High School