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 …Read More
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?
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.
Gov. Pat Quinn’s compassion is his saving grace.
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What will it take before Mayor Rahm Emanuel realizes that some neighborhoods in Chicago really are war zones?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Is there a “War on Women?” The question is mostly a political one, and the answer largely depends on whether you identify as a Democrat or Republican. Most Democrats will swear that the GOP is waging a battle against women based on the party’s ongoing …
I still cannot pass a certain downtown business without wanting to throw a brick through its window. In 1967 — three years after President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law — the company refused to hire me solely because of the color of my skin.
Since Day One, I’ve been a devoted fan of “True Blood,” “Game of Thrones,” and “Boardwalk Empire.” “True Blood” and “Boardwalk Empire” are in their final seasons, and I had hoped “The Leftovers” would draw me in and fill the void. But unfortunately, I wasn’t at all impressed with “The Leftovers.”
When Brand New Beginnings opened the doors to its transitional housing seven years ago, several elected officials and civic leaders were on hand. But apparent mismanagement and a series of problems has turned a blessing into a curse for formerly homeless families.
I was sitting with a young reporter recently when she shared an interesting observation. Because she covers crime, she often finds herself scribbling notes while sitting across the kitchen table from a black parent grieving the sudden loss of a young person. She noticed that …
We need to give credit where credit is due with respect to the arrest of a suspect for the brazen shooting that killed teacher Betty Howard.
Darrell Williams, the former Oklahoma State University basketball star who saw his college career end in 2012 when he was convicted of sexual assault — but has had the case overturned — has some good advice for college-bound jocks. “Watch your surroundings and be careful …
When a tragedy involving a child occurs, we look to place blame. So, it is not surprising that the mother of Cherish Myers, the 19-month old girl struck and killed by a CTA bus on Memorial Day, filed a lawsuit.
In the turbulent ‘60s, young people were at the forefront of the civil rights movement. Today, more than 2,000 youngsters enrolled at Perspectives Charter Schools will be following in that tradition when they participate in a student-led “I Am For Peace” march.
MARY MITCHELL: A recent report by the Center for Global Policy Solutions concludes that African-Americans are “beyond broke,” with just $200 in median wealth compared to $23,000 held by whites, and $19,500 held by Asians.
The tragic shooting death of Betty Howard, a teacher at Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep, shows what Chicago police are up against.