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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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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 …

Carol Marin: Wilders take to Lake Shore Drive

I called 911. It was rush hour on Tuesday on Lake Shore Drive. I’d just rounded the curve, northbound, by Oak Street Beach and noticed a heavy presence of Chicago Police officers on bikes and in cars. And, if I’m not mistaken, on ATVs. The …

Bruce Rauner’s game of chicken

Running for governor should not be a game of chicken. It’s a waste of time and an insult to a voter’s intelligence. Yet, there was Bruce Rauner, the GOP candidate for governor, with his running mate, Evelyn Sanguinetti, posing with three caged soon-to-be roasted hens. …

  • How not to pick a federal judge

    How do you become a federal judge? The simple answer is that a U.S. senator recommends you and the White House and Senate approve you. Will Jack Blakey, 48, soon be one? Probably. Blakey is widely regarded as a good man and a competent attorney. …Read More

  • Singing a sad Springfield song

    That drip, drip, drip you’re hearing out of Springfield is the sound of Illinois drowning. Shall we sing the ways? ‘Up on the Roof’ Over at the Governor’s Mansion, the 44-year-old roof is gasping for life. Water is coming in. Plaster is falling down. Antique …Read More

  • Could Rahm lose race over bike lanes?

    A funny thing popped up in the recent, dismal Rahm Emanuel public approval poll. An unexpected voter complaint emerged. That complaint? Bike lanes. Surprised? Me too. The Mike McKeon and Associates’ poll for Early & Often, the Sun-Times’ political portal, was published two weeks ago. …Read More

  • As hiring oversight is set to end, alderman hires Todd Stroger

    CAROL MARIN: Brace yourself, citizens of Chicago. Todd Stroger is returning to a government payroll near you. Word that Stroger is being hired as a Chicago aldermanic contract employee comes on the heels of news this week that Michael Shakman, the nemesis of city patronage hiring, declared himself finally satisfied that real progress has been achieved in stopping the politically connected from latching on to city jobs.

    Firearms & fashion — how chic!

    If the past is any guide, leggy models in skimpy apparel will strut down the runway with lacy holsters and plastic handguns at the 2014 Firearms & Fashion Show. Two women sponsor this.

    Teachers with voice and muscle

    They are the ebony and ivory of teacher union leaders. Dan Montgomery at 50 is tall, white and studious looking. Perfect for the high school English teacher he once was and for the thoughtful union leader he has become. Karen Lewis is 60, not as …

    Carol Marin: Fire cops in Koschman cover-up

    Though R.J. Vanecko this year admitted his guilt and served 60 days in jail, he is the only person in this whole horrible saga who’s been held legally or ethically accountable.

    Hillary, beware the word ‘invincible’

    Even those of us who are rooting for a woman president realize Clinton needs a serious scrimmage to take on the road to Iowa, New Hampshire and all the way to California in the first week of June.

    Oh, when Obama ties up the town

    When the president comes to town, it’s a big deal. As it should be. Air Force One touches down, the president greets dignitaries, choppers downtown and a really big motorcade carries him around. People along the route wave, take photos and tell their friends, “I …

    Quinn, Rauner fail as cartoonists

    Cartooning is an art. The work of Sun-Times’ Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist Jack Higgins and the creators of “The Simpsons” come to mind. They can cut through the clutter of complicated issues to make a serious point with cutting humor. But it’s a rare talent. …

    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 …