Mark Brown is a local news columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times who writes about everything from political corruption to family life. Roger Ebert once called …Read More
Did former Chicago Board of Trade Chairman Patrick Arbor forfeit his right to appeal his divorce case by failing to comply with two court orders, then ignoring two bench warrants plus multiple discovery requests, while moving his millions offshore and himself to Europe? That will …Read More
MARK BROWN: Among its many dubious distinctions, Illinois is the only state that makes a practice of reducing unemployment benefits to older workers if they receive Social Security.A long overdue effort to correct that wrongheaded policy was overshadowed by this week’s hubbub over fixing the state pension systems.
SPRINGFIELD — Oh, how I wish I could tell you that the long fight to fix Illinois’ grossly underfunded public pension plans was at an end with Tuesday’s historic votes by the state Legislature. But that wouldn’t be true. First, there will be a court …Read More
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There are times in public life when elected officials have to lay the political risks aside to stand up and be counted. This will be one such day for members of the Illinois General Assembly, who will stand tallest if they vote to approve the …
MARK BROWN: After the tornado hit Downstate Washington, hundreds of residents walked away with little more than their lives. But as bleak as that scenario might sound, this Thanksgiving Day means more than any before it.
If it were anybody else in his job, the president of the Chicago Transit Authority would be on the hot seat right now over the dubious debut of the Ventra fare card system. “You don’t think I’m on the hot seat?” Forrest Claypool shot back …
I’d hate to be picked as a juror in the trial of Richard “R.J.” Vanecko, accused of manslaughter in the 2004 death of David Koschman. That’s going to be a difficult decision. I’ve just finished reading through a batch of motions filed Monday by Vanecko’s …
Did you hear about the “Welcome to Washington” sign that was found 50 miles away in Streator after last Sunday’s tornado? I can’t tell you how many times I heard that piece of news on the streets of Washington, Ill., this past week. I might …
MARK BROWN: On the third day of the Washington tornado recovery effort, Mayor Gary Manier walked from house to house to talk to residents as they continued to look for and save what they could in the rubble of their former homes.
We reconnoitered at what was left of my sister’s house Tuesday morning and tried to figure out what to do when a tornado has rearranged not just your furniture but your life.
WASHINGTON, Ill. — My baby sister, Mindy Taylor, was planning to host our family Christmas celebration here in another six weeks. Looks like we’ll need to go to Plan B.
The afternoon assignment for Cozette Wendemu’s second graders at Brunson elementary school in Austin on Friday was to write a letter to Santa. As you might expect, the children were brimming with ideas of what Santa might bring them and could hardly wait to put …
MARK BROWN: I don’t know what it is about the rollout of new government programs these days, but add the state’s new temporary driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants to the list of those causing frustration.
MARK BROWN: By the end of next year, Chicago’s Willis Tower will likely not even rank in the top 10 of the world’s tallest buildings. By the end of the decade, it will have fallen out of the top 20, perhaps even the top 25. So if falling behind New York’s One World Trade Center on the whose-is-bigger list causes you civic performance anxiety, then it’s time to give it up.
The private operators of a chain of state-supported housing facilities serving people with physical disabilities are improperly screening out applicants with mental health issues, a federal lawsuit alleges. The lawsuit accuses Eden Supportive Living of maintaining a discriminatory “no mental illness” policy at its residences in Chicago, North Aurora and Champaign. HOPE Fair Housing Center brought the case last month on behalf of a 44-year-old Kane County woman who the group says became homeless for a period following her rejection.
Ralph Rehbock was a four-year-old Jewish boy visiting Berlin with his parents on the night of Nov. 9, 1938, when Nazis escalated their persecution of Jews in a spasm of violence known since as Kristallnacht. Before the orchestrated outburst in Germany and Austria ended the …
Sixty-one state representatives made history Tuesday in the Illinois House with their votes to legalize gay marriage, and it took practically every one of them to make it happen. But some deserve special recognition for the history books. Rep. Greg Harris, the Chicago Democrat who …
When she was four years old, Rosa “Chely” Gonzalez illegally crossed the Rio Grande from Mexico into Texas with her mother on their way to join her father in Chicago. In the 29 years since, Gonzalez has followed the credo of the undocumented immigrant in …
A federal trustee in Miami has reopened the bankruptcy case of deceased Chicago Bears star Dave Duerson in hopes of staking a claim to any money paid his family in connection with the NFL’s proposed brain injury settlement. Talk about cold. Court records show Trustee …Read More
During her 12 years as Chicago’s corporation counsel, Mara Georges often served as something of a human flak jacket for former Mayor Richard M. Daley. From 1999 to 2011, the able and reliable Georges was pushed out front to explain away any number of scandals …Read More