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Laura S. Washington, a columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times , brings more than two decades of experience as a non-profit professional and multi-media journalist who …

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Ferguson voters can throw the bums out

Throw the bums out. That should be the mission of the people of Ferguson, Missouri, as they examine and mourn the police shooting of Michael Brown. The noxious tear gas, righteous protests and heartbreaking loss of Michael will inevitably fade into history. There will be …

Karen Lewis faces a ‘triple threat’

LAURA WASHINGTON: ‘Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis has three steep hills to climb — a triple threat to her potential mayoral run: her looks, her style and her resume.

Dick Durbin takes a victory lap

He rolled up on a bicycle, dressed in a rumpled shirt and jeans. He locked the bike to a light pole on the North Halsted Street corner, plucked a blue blazer from a shopping bag, donned it, and stepped into the restaurant. That’s all there …

Preckwinkle freed to push reform

‘Imeant what I said and I said what I meant. An elephant’s faithful 100 percent!” It’s a line from a Toni Preckwinkle favorite: Dr. Seuss’ “Horton Hatches the Egg.” And it’s her answer to the persistent drumbeat: Will the Cook County Board president change her …

Standing up to the People of the Gun

It’s a picture-perfect summer day, bright sun, sparkling skies. And here I am, stuck waiting for another press conference in another stuffy meeting room. Up front stood a bundle of boys and girls, 25 or so, preschoolers in pigtails, strapping youths sporting football jerseys, assembled …

Will progressives flop again?

‘The Left Blows its Big Chance,” read the February 2011 headline. My column predicted that Chicago’s so-called progressives would fail in their crusade to win the 5th Floor of City Hall. Three weeks later, Rahm Emanuel was elected mayor of Chicago. Will they blow it …

An architectural biennial for a South Side girl

In my day, there were no architectural biennials. “Going to Grandmother’s” loomed large in my childhood. Visiting her gorgeous apartment building at 4304 S. Forestville, in Bronzeville. Playing in the flowering courtyard, swinging on the huge iron gate garnished with elaborate, overlapping geometric circles and …

So much for Obama R-E-S-P-E-C-T

It seems to me that the attacks on this president come more often from people of high status and power. It should be beneath them. And do two wrongs make a right?

Black voters darn smart in Mississippi

LAURA WASHINGTON: For the first time in nearly two generations, African-American voters in the South helped swing a GOP election, nominating a white, old-line Republican pol to the U.S. Senate. In Mississippi. No wonder Limbaugh’s knickers are in a knot.

Disparaging the president is uncalled for

‘R-E-S-P-E-C-T,” the song goes. It is easy enough to spell, but for some vocal critics of President Barack Obama, it seems exceedingly hard to do. As the president moves toward the land of the lame ducks, his political enemies are calling for blood. That’s no …

Rauner’s rainbow pitch off target

It’s about the company you keep. Illinois GOP gubernatorial nominee Bruce Rauner wants minority voters to know they are in good company. His opponent, Gov. Pat Quinn, is exquisitely reliant on the minority vote. If Rauner can chip away 10 or 15 percent of that …

Just say where you stand, Bruce

When it comes to mixing partying with politics, no one does it better. June 1 was marriage day in Illinois, the biggest day in gay rights history. The corks were popping, and so was the political rhetoric. On Sunday the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender …

Hillary brings her show to Chicago

LAURA WASHINGTON: The Hillary Clinton bandwagon pulls into Chicago next week as she launches her latest adventure in self-promotion. Clinton’s book signing and speech confab June 10-11 is already blowing out of the headlines. It will be the first stop to push her new memoir, “Hard Choices.” To say she will arrive with a head of steam is an understatement.

Here’s your say on Karen Lewis

Last week, I wrote about Lewis’ mission to unseat Mayor Rahm Emanuel and conquer obesity. Readers weighed in. Most were polite — but no fans of Lewis.

Karen Lewis gets in fighting shape

They want him gone. If his re-election bid were held today, just 29 percent of registered voters would support Mayor Rahm Emanuel, according to a new poll commissioned by the Chicago Sun-Times. Karen Lewis is on it. The Chicago Teachers Union president is Emanuel’s most …

Listen to The Nag, Gentlemen

Take a few minutes. The Nag regularly rants in this space about staying healthy. All of us, and African-Americans especially, make too many unwise choices about our health. We suffer from high rates of maladies from obesity to diabetes to cancer, and it’s killing us. …

Mayor stirs summer of discontent

It’s Rahm Emanuel’s hot mess. Crime is out of control, the summer is close at hand. The mayor faces heated discontent from unions, education activists and parents, particularly black folks. A year ago, Emanuel and his school board closed almost 50 public schools; most served …