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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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Bob Shaw jumps in to fill a vacuum

Damn. I wasn’t at Bob Shaw’s press conference on Thursday announcing he’s running against Rahm Emanuel for mayor in 2015. There are moments in Chicago politics you never want to miss. Friday I tried to track him down, but it wasn’t easy. Shaw’s voicemail was …

Carol Marin: On gay bashing — and my mistake

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this column, posted online and in the early edition of the Chicago Sun-Times, contained inaccurate information. The Sun-Times regrets and apologizes for the error. I made a serious mistake in an earlier version of this column. It is a …

Marin: Dem powers stoop to smear tactics

It might surprise you to learn that Carol Burnett, the legendary comedian and actress, is interested in the March 18 Illinois primary. It surprised me, anyway. Trolling through the state board of elections records of campaign contributors, there was Burnette listed as giving $1,000 to …

Emanuel’s re-election nightmare: Carol Marin

‘You want Harold?” the voice boomed from the podium back in 1983. “You got Harold!” Harold Washington became Chicago’s first African-American mayor. But his entry into that seminal election was a slow dance. What Washington, a just-re-elected Congressman in a safe seat, demanded before he’d …

Unions threaten GOP crossover vote

‘I’m doing what I’ve never done,” said a lifelong Democrat and friend of mine, “and pulling a Republican ballot” in next month’s Illinois primary. Voters and we media types jabber about this kind of crossover every primary election cycle, especially when the stakes are higher …

Carol Marin: Vanecko grand juror ‘frustrated’ about no charges against police, prosecutors

A grand juror in the David Koschman case tells columnist Carol Marin the experience “makes me question my faith on how justice is meted out.”

Carol Marin: Where were the Daleys when R.J. Vanecko pleaded guilty?

As he pleaded guilty Friday, R.J. Vanecko was alone again in court — as he has always been throughout this case.

Marin: Reason to smile in Washington, Ill.

It’s not too corny to say that Gary Manier is feelin’ stronger every day. Manier is the mayor of downstate Washington, Ill., the tiny town struck hard by an EF4 tornado Nov. 17. The town is slowly rebuilding. I’ll tell you more about that in …

Marin: Five unknowns in race for governor

Bruce Rauner, the mega-rich venture capitalist, is widely assumed by many politicos to be the front-runner in the upcoming four-way Republican primary for governor. And there are reasons for that. Money is the main one. He has more than any candidate we’ve ever seen run …

Blago, Mell and legacy elections

Politics is like a virus. Just ask Aaron Goldstein. “I have the political bug, always followed it,” he said when I called this week, adding, “Policy has always interested me.” Remember him? Maybe not. But you’ll never forget the defendant Goldstein represented in two corruption …

Carol Marin: On verge of justice for Koschman

It has been three years since Sun-Times reporter Tim Novak asked a question that rocked cops, prosecutors and this city’s royal family, the Daleys. The third anniversary is Saturday, Jan. 4. On that day in 2011, Novak filed a Freedom of Information Act request asking …

Marin: Paging Rauner in the Rose Garden

I can’t get Bruce Rauner on the phone. Apparently, I’m not alone. The Republican Rauner operates from his own Rose Garden. Though he’s never run for elective office, he’s rich enough to plant a garden of his own. And decide who will enter. It’s not …

Marin: Christmas on old Death Row

Every December I put up my Death Row Christmas village. I know that sounds crazy. Horrifying even. But to me it’s a reminder that in the darkest places you can find a little light. The village is a collection of 17 elaborate miniature houses and …

Feel-good meeting leaves bad taste

Even the most jaded citizens would have been uplifted by the grace notes at Wednesday’s City Council meeting. There was the minister whose invocation was a full-throated song that began, “Oh God, fix me. . . . Fix us to be trusted . . .” …

Marin: Getting to ‘yes’ meant compromise

Kwame Raoul didn’t hold back on his anger or his angst. We were sitting on the set of WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight” on Wednesday. It was near the end of a 14-minute interview with four lawmakers — two from each party — who crafted and voted …

Pension deal is first big test for GOP House leader

The brutality of the upcoming vote on Tuesday in Springfield cannot be underestimated. Not only are public employee unions fiercely opposed to any reduction in cost-of-living formulas, among other provisions they regard as poison pills.

Good luck, aldermen, with reform

Let’s put a rumor to rest. Ald. Ameya Pawar of the 47th Ward did not — repeat — did not travel to Mexico with Mayor Rahm Emanuel on a recent official trip. “Oh, my God!” exclaimed Pawar by phone on Friday, “You heard that too?” …