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
FEMA officials gave Illinois the bad news late Tuesday. The agency reaffirmed its earlier decision that the damage from the 25 tornadoes that roared through the state that day were “not of the severity and magnitude” to warrant federal financial assistance to the local governments responsible for cleaning up the mess.
Mhde Askar, the government informant who ensnared Ald. Howard Brookins’ chief of staff in an alleged bribery scheme, is a most precocious con man. Askar was just 14 when he used a fake birth certificate to get his very first job as a passenger service …Read More
Even as the first 5,000 Illinois conceal carry licenses were being mailed Friday, Chicago area apartment building owners and managers were trying to learn to how to deal with the prospect of tenants and visitors legally toting guns. Although the state’s new conceal carry law …Read More
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AshleyMadison.com, an online dating site that caters to married people seeking to cheat on their spouses, takes its publicity where it finds it — even from a murder case. Therefore, company founder and CEO Noel Biderman wasn’t about to hide from my call Wednesday just …
When special prosecutor Dan Webb’s report left so many unanswered questions about the police investigation into the death of David Koschman, I thought we’d lost the last best chance of getting to the bottom of what happened. Maybe not. It turns out Webb received permission …
If the new CNN docuseries “Chicagoland” is intended to be a star vehicle for Mayor Rahm Emanuel, as many had speculated, it doesn’t exactly launch him on the road to the White House in the first two episodes. That’s all the network has sent us …
Another second-tier Chicago political crook drew a top-tier federal prison sentence Wednesday, and I am ready to declare it a trend. In sentencing former Cook County Commissioner Joseph Mario Moreno to 11 years on corruption charges, U.S. District Judge Gary Feinerman looked to the example …
A Southwest Side credit union plans to start making “citizenship loans” to eligible legal permanent residents to cover the cost of applying for U.S. citizenship. Organizers of the effort say this will be a first-of-its-kind financial product aimed at easing what has become a significant barrier to citizenship for many low-income immigrants.
Cook County has a longstanding practice of halting residential evictions in the event of bitter cold or other extreme weather conditions, which some of you may have noticed we’ve experienced plenty lately. The purpose is pretty obvious: it’s not very humane to put somebody out on the street in bad weather and sometimes can be downright dangerous. But one Chicago lawmaker introduced legislation this week that would eliminate weather as a factor in enforcement of eviction judgments.
MARK BROWN: For more than three decades, Illinois law has condoned the discriminatory treatment of older workers by cutting their unemployment benefits if they lose their jobs while drawing Social Security. On Tuesday, I got a rare chance to see first hand how that basic unfairness has been allowed to continue so long.
State treasurer Dan Rutherford stepped to the microphones in a Schaumburg hotel late Monday afternoon with more than his campaign for the Republican nomination for governor on the line. Rutherford’s entire political future rests on him being able to successfully rebut the allegations of a …
Not more than an hour after a Cook County jury completely rejected the terrorism charges she brought against three out-of-state protesters, a defiant Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez said she’d do it all again. “The charges were bought, and we felt very strongly that …
MARK BROWN: Emery Lehman, a 17-year-old U.S. Olympic speedskater, lives down the street from me. Emery is the youngest male member of the American team in Sochi and regarded as the next big thing in U.S. long track speedskating, although maybe not just yet.
MARK BROWN: “The Death of David Koschman: Report of the Special Prosecutor Dan K. Webb” is as exhausting as it is exhaustive. Yet when I finished reading it, I couldn’t help thinking: Is that all there is?
The young woman who asked Ian Wise for a light while he was smoking outside a punk rock concert in Pilsen on March 16, 2012, used the opening to steer the conversation to his tattoos and his views about the police. Wise, 26, didn’t pay …
Justice was a long time coming in the death of David Koschman, but 10 years late or not, it was justice all the same.
Gov. Pat Quinn, who has played the Comeback Kid more than once in his long political career, says the state of Illinois is in the midst of a comeback of its own. If Quinn is going to avoid having his fifth State of the State speech turn out to be his last, he’s going to need to convince a beaten-down Illinois electorate the comeback is real.
MARK BROWN: For the last four years, Christ Bobis stayed in the basement of an otherwise unoccupied building in Little Village with no running water or heat except from a space heater.