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Carol Marin is the political columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times.

In addition to her work at the paper, she is the political editor for NBC5 …

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The job of reporters is to report

Reporters are taught to cover the story, not be the story. But when Sun-Times Springfield bureau chief Dave McKinney resigned in protest this week after 19 distinguished years at the paper, he knew there wasn’t much choice.

Putnam County feeling overlooked

The people of Downstate Putnam County don’t mince words about politics. Or about Chicago politicians running for governor. Take Alma Toedter, who at 76 has been a Republican committeewoman for 35 years and is the GOP chairwoman in these parts. “I think (voters) are so …

Watch out for those wild cards

With the race for governor tightening and the November election coming closer, any potential wild card is a source of worry. What Gov. Pat Quinn’s campaign has to concern itself with are legislative hearings set for Wednesday and Thursday looking into his now-defunct, debunked Neighborhood …

Making up a Treasurer hunt map

One of the first axioms of a political campaign is define your opponent before he/she has a chance to. In the little-watched race for state treasurer, Democrat Mike Frerichs has been trying his best to define Republican Tom Cross. Frerichs is a 41-year-old state senator …

NFL’s shame will be yesterday’s news

The $44-million-a-year man, NFL boss Roger Goodell, admitted mistakes on Friday and promised to do better. But when it comes to domestic abuse and the National Football League, ESPN senior writer and legal analyst Lester Munson has zero optimism. Zero. It was Munson and William …

Emanuel vs. Lewis shifts up a gear

The not-yet-formally-announced mayoral campaign of Karen Lewis is taking shape. After registering a campaign committee in late August and this month loaning it $40,000 of her own money, Chicago Teachers Union boss Karen Lewis has now put a long-time political activist in charge. The head …

Ind. senator looks to be neighborly

When Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish clobbered rival Michigan on Saturday night in South Bend, Joe Donnelly was there. He and his wife, daughter and son-in-law were in the last row of what used to be the “old” stadium. The same place the family has sat …

Marin: Fear kept Penny Severns’ lesbian relationship with editor hidden

Raw. Terry Mutchler’s memoir about her love affair with Sen. Penny Severns is brutal in its honesty. Shining in its love. And raw in its pain. Mutchler puts her whole heart on public view in “Under This Beautiful Dome,” the story of a relationship the two tried mightily to keep secret back in the ’90s.

How to press a candidate in a bubble

Bruce Rauner, the Republican candidate for governor, has created an almost impenetrable bubble around his candidacy to prevent the press from getting too close. But he’s just the most recent in a long line of politicians to do so. Before Rauner, there was Rahm Emanuel, …

Gov woos African-American base

Though no public events were listed on his Friday calendar, Gov. Pat Quinn had a 10 a.m. private meeting with a critical constituency. The invitation read, “All African American elected officials are invited and welcomed by Governor Pat Quinn to attend a planning session to …

Give a pat and a salute to Mikey C

This month is Mikey C’s anniversary. On an August day three years ago, Mikey C was on duty on North Avenue Beach when he suddenly reared up, gasped convulsively, lay down, and died. His Chicago Police Department partner, Mounted Patrol Officer Paul Casasanto, did everything …

  • Carol Marin: Feds back off on ruining a good man’s life

    It almost never happens. But on Monday, it did. Federal prosecutors dropped 17 felony counts of bank fraud and false information against State Rep. La Shawn Ford in exchange for his pleading guilty to a single misdemeanor income tax charge. Let that sink in. The Chicago lawmaker faced years in prison. Each felony charge carried a 30-year maximum sentence. Multiply 17 by 30 and see what you get. Then, just last week, Ford’s trial was removed from the federal docket. Poof! Gone.

  • Marin: Alvarez spokeswoman called reporters investigating Koschman case “j--offs”

    Cook County prosecutors cheered on efforts by lawyers for former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley’s nephew Richard J. “R.J.” Vanecko to keep the David Koschman case from going to special prosecutor, emails obtained by Chicago Sun-Times show

  • Chicago numb to murder numbers

    I’m still searching for a kid named Larry Davis who would be about 15 by now. I told you about him last week, that I’d met him on the West Side in the gang territory known as Holy City and that his mother and siblings …Read More

  • Looking for Larry in ‘Holy City’

    I’m looking for a kid named Larry Davis. Finding him has been harder than I anticipated. Larry should be about 15 by now. I say “should be” because in the shooting parts of this city, the teen survival rate is also not what it “should …

    What does the applause for Preckwinkle mean?

    Toni Preckwinkle, president of the Cook County Board, got a standing ovation Monday at the White Eagle Banquet Hall in Niles. Meaning? Quite a bit, I’d say, considering Preckwinkle is getting increasing pressure to run against Rahm Emanuel in 2015. The dinner at which Preckwinkle …

    How I learned from Howard Baker

    Howard Baker taught me a thing or two about reading a script in front of a camera. Yes, that Howard Baker. The one who died on Thursday at the age of 88. Son-in-law of the legendary Everett Dirksen of Illinois. Before he was Ronald Reagan’s …