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Nanci Koschman mother David Koschman who died 2004 after he was punched by nephew former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley

Nanci Koschman, the mother of David Koschman, who died in 2004 after he was punched by a nephew of former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, spoke to the media about the announcement made Monday by Dan Webb, the Special Prosecutor investigating the death. Her sister Sue Pazderski was with her (left). | Rich Hein~Sun-Times

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Updated: January 6, 2013 9:48AM

Chicagoans have many heroes in the Police and Fire Departments. But today, in particular, we also know we have journalistic heroes at the Chicago Sun-Times: Tim Novak, Chris Fusco and Carol Marin. Thanks to their tenacity and fight in the face of unbelievable odds and missing records, the unthinkable has happened: Richard Vanecko, nephew of former Mayor Richard Daley, has been indicted for the involuntary manslaughter of David Koschman. It was hard to believe that Vanecko, with such powerful connections, would ever be held responsible for Koschman’s death. It could have been yet another Chappaquiddick, in which Ted Kennedy skated free from any charges in Mary Jo Kopechne’s mysterious death. My deepest thanks. It’s a better day for all of us in the Chicago area.

Jean Scott, Irving Park

Tears for Nanci Koschman

When I read the latest news about the David Koschman case, I bawled like a baby. After following this case for the last couple of years, through the incredible investigative reporting of Tim Novak, Chris Fusco and Carol Marin, it was a cry for a mother who has endured the unimaginable. Finally there was a sense that she has been given a bit of her son back. His dignity, his memory, the peace that every soul deserves.

However this turns out, this much can be said, and not at a better time of the year: Dear Mrs. Koschman, may peace be finally with you.

Cheryl Chartier, Grayslake

History lesson

Anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist is incorrect in stating that President George H. W. Bush lost his re-election bid in 1992 because he disavowed his “read my lips — no new taxes” campaign pledge. In February 1991, just months after Bush signed a federal tax increase into law, his approval rating among the American public was 89 percent, the highest of any president in U.S. history.

Tom Siebert, Aurora

Dillard looks strong

It is clear from a recent poll, as reported in the Sun-Times, that the Republican who matches up strongest against the Democrats in any race for governor is state Sen. Kirk Dillard. Illinois Republicans need to understand that it is the Democrats they need to beat, not other Republicans. Dillard has the crossover appeal that other Republicans lack. Impressively, Dillard even led former U.S. Commerce Secretary William Daley in the poll.

Carol Canzolino, Elmurst

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