Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Charity event looks like turkey tokenism ]]> Lead story image

Mary Mitchell: During the holiday season, a lot of churches will hand out turkeys along with several ingredients for a festive dinner. Feeding the hungry is a sacred task and a demonstration of Christian faith. But charity shouldn’t be mixed with politics. ]]> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 02:23:12 -0600 <![CDATA[ After all the protests, reaction to Michael Brown shooting boils down to trust ]]> Lead story image

The worst part of the Michael Brown police involved shooting was the waiting: Waiting for his dead body to be removed from the street. Waiting for his devastated parents to express their anguish. Waiting for the authorities to identify Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson as the man who killed the 18-year-old. Waiting for the anger that sent protesters to rampage through the streets of the St. Louis suburb to subside. Waiting for the prosecutors to convene a grand jury. Waiting for that grand jury to make a decision about whether or not Wilson would be indicted on any charges connected … ]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 08:54:13 -0600 <![CDATA[ Words of warning from man serving life ]]> Lead story image

Jesse Webster has had a lot of time to think. In 1996, the South Side man was sentenced to life in prison for a non-violent drug offense. Webster has already served nearly two decades behind bars. ]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 02:34:28 -0600 <![CDATA[ Don’t dismiss Cosby’s accusers: Mitchell ]]> Lead story image

It makes little sense that some of us are blaming the victims accusing comedian Bill Cosby of sexual assault. Understandably, it was difficult to reconcile the wholesome, TV super-dad as an alleged sexual predator. But many of us were quick to condemn the entire Catholic Church when decades-old allegations surfaced of sexual abuse by priests. At this point, 15 different women have claimed Cosby behaved more toward them like a pervert on an episode of “Criminal Minds” than like Dr. Huxtable of the iconic “The Cosby Show.” In recent newspaper interviews, Barbara Bowman alleged that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted … ]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 11:12:36 -0600 <![CDATA[ Mitchell: Byrne moved us all in the right direction ]]> Lead story image

In the end, Chicago did right by former Mayor Jane Byrne, the city’s only female mayor. In August, the exasperating Circle Interchange and the park around the Water Tower in the heart of Chicago’s Mag Mile were renamed in her honor. That’s not bad for someone whose legacy might as well have been buried in a time capsule. ]]> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 02:16:31 -0600 <![CDATA[ Mitchell: Joliet case illustrates sentencing unfairness ]]> Lead story image

They were dubbed the Hickory Street murderers. Four youths — the oldest not yet 30 — charged with luring Eric Glover, 22, and Terrence Rankins, 22, to their deaths in order to rob them of money to pay for cigarettes, liquor and gas. As if the wanton motive wasn’t horrific enough, police alleged the co-conspirators had sex on the murdered bodies. Bethany McKee, 20 and Joshua Miner, 26, were convicted and sentenced to life in prison. Alisa Massaro, 20, who took a plea deal in exchange for her testimony against the others, got 10 years in prison, but could be … ]]> Sun, 16 Nov 2014 02:31:20 -0600 <![CDATA[ White House works to improve the lives of women of color ]]> Lead story image

The White House Council on Women and Girls, chaired by Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett, offered up a testament on Wednesday of how well women of color have prospered under President Barack Obama’s administration. ]]> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 20:56:22 -0600 <![CDATA[ Meeks’ persistence, passion admirable ]]> Lead story image

I have to give it to the Rev. James Meeks. The former state senator is persistent. Meeks, whom Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner appointed to his transition team on Thursday, has a passion for education. ]]> Sun, 09 Nov 2014 02:33:21 -0600 <![CDATA[ Quinn’s loss can’t be laid on the doorstep of African-American community ]]> Lead story image

I ran into my 92-year-old neighbor on Tuesday and asked her if she had voted. “Yes,” she answered, squinting at me. “I held my nose, but I voted.” Her gesture aptly describes what went wrong for Gov. Pat Quinn in his loss to Republican businessman Bruce Rauner. Rauner got nearly 21 percent of the vote in the city’s 50 wards. But unlike past Republicans candidates running for statewide office, Rauner didn’t skip the black neighborhoods. With the support of several prominent black ministers, including the Rev. James Meeks, pastor of Salem Baptist Church, Rauner took his message to several black … ]]> Thu, 06 Nov 2014 09:19:32 -0600 <![CDATA[ Past sacrifices aren’t the only reason to vote ]]> Lead story image

I still vote the old-fashioned way. I could have voted early, but I like the challenge of getting to the polls on Election Day. When I was raising a family, a child’s unexpected temperature could keep me from getting out the house or I miscalculated how late I had to work and the polls closed. But the biggest obstacle to voting is always our own apathy. Despite the unprecedented amount of money that was spent in the Illinois governor’s race, politicos are nonetheless expecting a sorry turnout. In fact, mid-term elections have historically meant a lower vote count. Indeed, it … ]]> Tue, 04 Nov 2014 02:20:28 -0600 <![CDATA[ Church, politics are old companions ]]> Lead story image

Needless to say, I got a lot of grief for suggesting preachers should keep politics out of the pulpit. ]]> Sun, 02 Nov 2014 02:31:22 -0600 <![CDATA[ Plan to keep Dyett open — for now — isn’t a clear victory: Mitchell ]]> Lead story image

Jitu Brown, of Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (“KOCO”), and a coalition of community groups, demonstrated what it takes to move the powers-that-be. ]]> Fri, 07 Nov 2014 09:29:35 -0600 <![CDATA[ Preachers belong in the pulpit, not in politics ]]> Lead story image

Once upon a time in the African-American community, the preacher was the most respected man in the neighborhood. Unfortunately, when religious leaders brought politics into the pulpit, the level of respect for them dwindled. ]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 02:20:59 -0600 <![CDATA[ Prostitution left to flourish online ]]> Lead story image

We say one thing. We do another. For instance, last time I checked prostitution was illegal everywhere in the United States except parts of Nevada. ]]> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 07:11:14 -0600 <![CDATA[ Missing women should have been on cops’ radar: Mitchell ]]> Lead story image

It shouldn’t have taken a “confession” for law enforcement in Northwest Indiana to find the link between seven missing women. ]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 06:28:02 -0600 <![CDATA[ Groups raise concerns over Beverly incident ]]> Lead story image

Members of the “Unity in Diversity,” and “South Siders for Peace” — both highly respected organizations in Beverly ­— are raising questions about how the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office handled an alleged attack in that neighborhood. ]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 06:31:25 -0600 <![CDATA[ Chants were mean, disgusting outside debate at DuSable: Mitchell ]]> Lead story image

Right outside of the DuSable Museum — in earshot of some of most respected and well-known black folks in the city — protesters stood in the rain shouting profanities. The chants weren’t just mean; they were disgusting. ]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 07:35:44 -0600 <![CDATA[ Mitchell: Cancer can leave your body, linger in soul ]]> Lead story image

Chances are if you are a woman, one day you will wear a pink ribbon. You won’t wear it because pink is still your favorite color. Last year, an estimated 232,340 women in the U.S. were told they had invasive breast cancer, and another 64,640 women were told they had non-invasive breast cancer. ]]> Sun, 16 Nov 2014 06:10:24 -0600