Mark Brown is a local news columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times who writes about everything from political corruption to family life. Roger Ebert once called …Read More
Gov. Pat Quinn must have been hanging out in the Hot Tub Time Machine again. I’m not sure how else to explain Quinn’s brainstorm of convincing Democratic legislative leaders to reach into their Golden Oldies bag of procedural tricks to try to resolve the pension …Read More
Only four people have served as Illinois attorney general since 1983 — Neil Hartigan, Roland Burris, Jim Ryan and Lisa Madigan — and any of the first three arguably still might be in the job today if they hadn’t got the itch to be governor …Read More
Rep. Michael Tryon, a Crystal Lake Republican, recently engaged his fellow state legislators in an interesting game of I’ll-show-you-mine-if-you-show-me-yours. Actually, Tryon did all the showing for both his and theirs — property tax bills, that is, and more important, the portion of those taxes that …Read More
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If some of you experience sticker shock when real estate tax bills show up in the mail in a few weeks, I can only offer this solace: Your tax bill didn’t increase as much as Thomas Gross’ tax bill. Gross, vice-chairman and chief operating officer of Cleveland-based Eaton Corp., will see the taxes on his Trump Tower penthouse jump by $86,313 this year. That will be the single largest property tax hike for any Chicago residence, according to preliminary county tax data obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times.
Bill Daley is a stalwart of the national Democratic Party, a former Cabinet member to President Bill Clinton, chief of staff to President Barack Obama and campaign manager to almost-president Al Gore. But DuPage County Democratic Chairman Robert Peickert has never met or spoken to …
In an eye-opening display of hardball, the Catholic Church is threatening to cut off funding to local groups that work with the poor for being part of an immigrant rights coalition that endorsed legalizing same-sex marriages in Illinois. The groups in question receive grants from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, the anti-poverty arm of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
No shortage of preparation went into Chicago businessman Bruce Rauner’s official announcement Wednesday that he will be a candidate for the Republican nomination for governor. A two-year buildup orchestrated by professional consultants culminated in Rauner’s campaign releasing a slickly produced online introductory video in place …Read More
Gov. Pat Quinn put on his best tough guy act Tuesday to show reporters he is holding Democratic legislative leaders accountable for the latest failure to fix the state’s pension system. In his first public comments since the General Assembly adjourned its spring session last …Read More
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to get political mileage from a revamped Chicago parking meter contract by swapping longer hours for free Sundays falls under the category of too cute by half. But if I were an alderman, all things considered, I’d vote for the deal …Read More
SPRINGFIELD — Lee Suarez and Char McAllister drove Friday morning to the state Capitol from the small southern Illinois town of Jerseyville, hoping for nothing more than to return home one step closer to being recognized as full and equal citizens of this nation. Instead, …
SPRINGFIELD — I found myself Wednesday wandering down a long subterranean corridor filled with a bright white light. Far up ahead were two gray doors and behind them, well, not darkness exactly, but definitely a darker place. The doors opened, and heat rushed out to …
A whole lot of people have a whole lot invested in making sure the United Neighborhood Organization and its CEO Juan Rangel survive the scandal over insider dealings in its handling of a $98 million school construction grant. From the politicians who benefit from Rangel’s …Read More
Free Sunday parking in the neighborhoods. That’s the sweetener Mayor Rahm Emanuel is offering Chicagoans and their aldermen to help swallow the bitter pill of a revised parking meter lease deal. But on Friday the Emanuel administration opened the door for some aldermen to over-ride …Read More
Mark Brown: Before Wednesday, I’d never thought it would make much sense for Chicago to switch to an elected school board, given the problems we already face electing good people to the offices we now fill. Then I changed my mind while watching Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s six appointees to the Board of Education vote unanimously to close 50 schools next year despite thoughtful and impassioned pleas from community members begging them to reconsider.
In the Chicago Housing Authority of the near future, rents will no longer vary along with a family’s income, and limits may be placed on time spent living in public housing — all part of a strategy to move tenants “up and out.” For most …
Rosemont Mayor Brad Stephens wanted to be heard Monday on the subject of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposal to build a $173 million arena at McCormick Place. “I don’t know that it’s economically viable,” Stephens said. Well, that’s not very neighborly of him, I thought, which …
Former school teacher Toni Preckwinkle may have only been trying to get Rahm Emanuel’s attention with a sharply worded rap on his knuckles on the front page of this newspaper Friday. But in a city still unaccustomed to anyone talking back to its mayor, Preckwinkle’s …
Appearing soon at a new 10,000-seat arena at McCormick Place: The Amazing Rahm, Grand Illusionist. He’ll razzle and dazzle you with mind-bending feats of job expansion, financial wizardry and most of all, public relations packaging. Was that our mayor last seen trapped in a glass-encased …
The elephant in Room 201 of the Rolling Meadows courthouse Tuesday was what the judge handling the trial of Richard J. Vanecko might have to say about a judicial ethics investigation into the circumstances surrounding debts her ex-husband escaped through their divorce. Unfortunately, McIntyre said nothing about either the Sun-Times’ stories or a resulting Judicial Inquiry Board probe.
David Coar served 16 years as a federal judge in Chicago, presiding over such important cases as the city patronage abuse trial of Robert Sorich. That doesn’t make Coar infallible in matters of law or judgment, but it does mean he’s someone to be regarded seriously. And I took it very seriously last week when Coar, serving as an independent hearing officer to the Board of Education, ruled that proposals to close two schools next year should be denied for failing to specifically address student safety issues involved in the move to a new school.