Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Gangs bigger threat than police bias ]]> Lead story image

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 against Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart. Because we don’t take underdogs seriously in this town (despite the upset campaigns of Jane Byrne and Harold Washington) Collins will likely have to beg, borrow or steal every bit of publicity he gets. Indeed, the only potential mayoral challengers who have gotten a lot of free publicity are … ]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 21:16:13 -0500 <![CDATA[ Team’s success is a good example of adults investing in kids ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:11:37 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ending the carnage on Chicago’s streets will take more than talk ]]> Lead story image

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? ]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 02:15:22 -0500 <![CDATA[ Teens grill mayor about city violence ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 02:29:14 -0500 <![CDATA[ Despite troubled program, Quinn has supported underdogs: Mitchell ]]> Lead story image

Gov. Pat Quinn’s compassion is his saving grace. ]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:17:36 -0500 <![CDATA[ It might be time for the mayor to call in the State Police or National Guard: Mitchell ]]> Lead story image

What will it take before Mayor Rahm Emanuel realizes that some neighborhoods in Chicago really are war zones? ]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 02:18:51 -0500 <![CDATA[ Apartments’ demise hurts vulnerable tenants ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 02:29:51 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jackson shouldn’t compare city kids to suffering immigrant children: Mitchell ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 02:21:30 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jails have become places to warehouse the mentally ill: Mitchell ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 02:26:08 -0500 <![CDATA[ Counseling should be a part of any juvenile crime reforms: Mitchell ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 02:21:10 -0500 <![CDATA[ Gun violence is hindering lifestyles: Mitchell ]]> Lead story image

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.” ]]> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 12:17:23 -0500 <![CDATA[ Those in need bear brunt of battle on contraception, wages ]]> Lead story image

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 attacks on abortion rights and its stiff-necked opposition to legislation designed to reach gender pay equality. Republicans, however, argue the “War on Women” is nothing more than a political slogan designed to push more women into the Democratic Party. Discerning the truth about this issue is getting harder. To believe the Democrats’ party line, Republican … ]]> Sun, 06 Jul 2014 02:30:59 -0500 <![CDATA[ Discrimination still exists 50 years after the Civil Rights Act: Mitchell ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 11:02:16 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘The Leftovers’ is off to a slow start: Mitchell ]]> Lead story image

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.” ]]> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 15:10:31 -0500 <![CDATA[ South Side transitional housing complex faces troubling conditions: Mitchell ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 06:29:45 -0500 <![CDATA[ Affordable Health Care comes with an unexpected cost: Mitchell ]]> Lead story image

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 in discussions about the tragedy that black people usually say something like, “If I die,” instead of “When I die,’” the woman told me. She was puzzled while I completely understood. My soon-to-be 87-year-old mother still says, “If something happens to me,” as if death is a possibility rather than a certainty. Maybe you will … ]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 08:14:45 -0500 <![CDATA[ Activists helped bring arrest in senseless killing ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 06:30:17 -0500 <![CDATA[ Darrell Williams, jock whose rape conviction was overturned, has advice for young men ]]> Lead story image

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 because this could happen to anybody,” Williams, 23, told me in a telephone interview. A jury that included 11 whites and one Asian convicted Williams, who is black, of forcefully putting his hand inside the pants of two white girls at an off-campus party and of dragging one of them into a yard. Williams maintained … ]]> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 16:58:40 -0500