Mary A. Mitchell biography

Mary A. Mitchell is an editorial board member and columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times. She is a recipient of numerous journalism awards, including the prestigious …

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South Side little league has reputation for being exceptional

The late Joseph Haley founded the Jackie Robinson West Little League in 1971. Today, Jackie Robinson West has developed a reputation for being an exceptional league.

MLB players, readers send local parents to Little League World Series

Parents of all 13 players on the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars will have the opportunity to see their sons play in the Little League World Series thanks to an outpouring of donations.Besides readers, businesses and little league baseball fans, four Major League Baseball players pitched in to help the families.

Some parents need help getting to Little League World Series

Donita Butler has been a nervous wreck. Butler is the mother of D.J. Butler, who plays centerfield, on the Jackie Robinson West Little League team. The team made history over the weekend by becoming the first all-black team from Chicago to reach the Little League World Series in three decades.

New television show denigrates Jesus, blacks: Mitchell

I pray. I read the bible. I go to church. I try to do unto others, as I would have them do unto me. Do I have questions about who Jesus is? Sure I do. Yet, those questions don’t get in the way of my …

Suburban man goes from hero to homeless

Robert Larson is an unlikely hero. By his own admission, he’s been a bar room brawler, a heavy drinker and a pothead.

Lessons to be learned from the condemned

The best part of my summer is taking the time to read outside. One of the books I finally got around to is “A Saint on Death Row: The Story of Dominique Green,” by Thomas Cahill. The honorable Sheila M. Murphy, the former presiding judge …

Gangs bigger threat than police bias

Frederick Collins, a Chicago Police officer, is one of the people who will try to unseat Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2015. If you’re not a political junkie, you may not have even heard of Collins. But in 2012, he ran unsuccessfully as a GOP candidate …

  • Team’s success is a good example of adults investing in kids

    Thursday night, a group of 11- and 12-year-old boys will take what could turn out to be a historic road trip. These boys are members of the Jackie Robinson West Little League team, an elite sports team that draws players from across the South Side. Last weekend, the team won the Illinois State title and advanced to the Great Lakes Regional Tournament in Indianapolis.

  • Ending the carnage on Chicago’s streets will take more than talk

    If you had to give up some of your personal freedom to reduce the deadly violence in your neighborhood, would you? Would you be willing, for instance, to put up with the indignity that comes with a stop-and-frisk policing strategy?

  • Teens grill mayor about city violence

    Shortly after the Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy announced an 18-year-old teen had been charged in the fatal shooting of 11-year-old Shamiya Adams, Mayor Rahm Emanuel got a grilling from teens on the South Side.

  • Despite troubled program, Quinn has supported underdogs: Mitchell

    Gov. Pat Quinn’s compassion is his saving grace.

    It might be time for the mayor to call in the State Police or National Guard: Mitchell

    What will it take before Mayor Rahm Emanuel realizes that some neighborhoods in Chicago really are war zones?

    Apartments’ demise hurts vulnerable tenants

    Sebrina Cummings has made strides since moving into supportive housing seven years ago. Now, Cummings is again facing homelessness through no real fault of her own.

    Jackson shouldn’t compare city kids to suffering immigrant children: Mitchell

    Conservatives are having a field day. Last week, the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr.’s slammed President Barack Obama for asking Congress to approve $3.7 billion to deal with the flood of undocumented and unaccompanied children crossing into the U.S. from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.

    Jails have become places to warehouse the mentally ill: Mitchell

    Because jails have become an acceptable place to warehouse the mentally ill, Jawaun Westbrook, whose family says he suffers from a bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, was in a position to allegedly assault two women with a hammer near Navy Pier last week.

    Counseling should be a part of any juvenile crime reforms: Mitchell

    The unlikely partnership between Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Rand Paul (R-KY) to push for criminal justice reforms is getting a lot of kudos. The pair introduced the REDEEM Act on Tuesday. The proposed legislation would keep juveniles out of adult criminal courts by encouraging states to increase the age of criminal responsibility to 18.

    Gun violence is hindering lifestyles: Mitchell

    The Fourth of July weekend used to mean backyard barbecues and sidewalk fireworks. But this year, I passed up invitations to gather with family and friends because I didn’t want to risk “becoming an unintended target.”