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Carol Marin is the political columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times.

In addition to her work at the paper, she is the political editor for NBC5 …

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A visit to the Last House on the Block

Ipaid a visit Friday to what’s called “The Last House on the Block.” Sister Therese O’Sullivan, an old friend, was waiting. The St. Martin de Porres House of Hope is a converted four-story Catholic grammar school in Woodlawn that for more than three decades has …

Church must use its women to fullest

Ilike to think the ghost of Monsignor Jack Egan is rattling around the rectory of Holy Name Cathedral, where Chicago’s new archbishop, Blase Cupich, now resides. If memory serves, Jack’s former small sitting room and bedroom would be just down the hall from where the …

Everything about Byrne memorable

Jane Byrne wore the most amazing high heels. In 1979, everything about the first woman mayor of Chicago was new. And memorable. Each time the petite Byrne walked into a City Hall press conference, women reporters in the room would clock her kicks. Charles Jourdan …

Respect process — and lighten up

Dan Sinker turns 40 next week. As a birthday present, I asked City Hall for an autographed picture of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who I figured might sign it with a characteristically acerbic message. Who is Dan Sinker? Sinker is the digital genius who became the …

Campaign hits, runs and errors

No, Alice, all gay men do not look alike. But if you live in the northern suburbs of Lake County where an Illinois House race is hard fought, you might wonder if that isn’t the subtext of a campaign mailer attacking incumbent Democratic state Rep. …

The job of reporters is to report

Reporters are taught to cover the story, not be the story. But when Sun-Times Springfield bureau chief Dave McKinney resigned in protest this week after 19 distinguished years at the paper, he knew there wasn’t much choice.

Putnam County feeling overlooked

The people of Downstate Putnam County don’t mince words about politics. Or about Chicago politicians running for governor. Take Alma Toedter, who at 76 has been a Republican committeewoman for 35 years and is the GOP chairwoman in these parts. “I think (voters) are so …

Watch out for those wild cards

With the race for governor tightening and the November election coming closer, any potential wild card is a source of worry. What Gov. Pat Quinn’s campaign has to concern itself with are legislative hearings set for Wednesday and Thursday looking into his now-defunct, debunked Neighborhood …

Making up a Treasurer hunt map

One of the first axioms of a political campaign is define your opponent before he/she has a chance to. In the little-watched race for state treasurer, Democrat Mike Frerichs has been trying his best to define Republican Tom Cross. Frerichs is a 41-year-old state senator …

NFL’s shame will be yesterday’s news

The $44-million-a-year man, NFL boss Roger Goodell, admitted mistakes on Friday and promised to do better. But when it comes to domestic abuse and the National Football League, ESPN senior writer and legal analyst Lester Munson has zero optimism. Zero. It was Munson and William …

Emanuel vs. Lewis shifts up a gear

The not-yet-formally-announced mayoral campaign of Karen Lewis is taking shape. After registering a campaign committee in late August and this month loaning it $40,000 of her own money, Chicago Teachers Union boss Karen Lewis has now put a long-time political activist in charge. The head …

Ind. senator looks to be neighborly

When Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish clobbered rival Michigan on Saturday night in South Bend, Joe Donnelly was there. He and his wife, daughter and son-in-law were in the last row of what used to be the “old” stadium. The same place the family has sat …

Marin: Fear kept Penny Severns’ lesbian relationship with editor hidden

Raw. Terry Mutchler’s memoir about her love affair with Sen. Penny Severns is brutal in its honesty. Shining in its love. And raw in its pain. Mutchler puts her whole heart on public view in “Under This Beautiful Dome,” the story of a relationship the two tried mightily to keep secret back in the ’90s.

How to press a candidate in a bubble

Bruce Rauner, the Republican candidate for governor, has created an almost impenetrable bubble around his candidacy to prevent the press from getting too close. But he’s just the most recent in a long line of politicians to do so. Before Rauner, there was Rahm Emanuel, …

Gov woos African-American base

Though no public events were listed on his Friday calendar, Gov. Pat Quinn had a 10 a.m. private meeting with a critical constituency. The invitation read, “All African American elected officials are invited and welcomed by Governor Pat Quinn to attend a planning session to …

Give a pat and a salute to Mikey C

This month is Mikey C’s anniversary. On an August day three years ago, Mikey C was on duty on North Avenue Beach when he suddenly reared up, gasped convulsively, lay down, and died. His Chicago Police Department partner, Mounted Patrol Officer Paul Casasanto, did everything …

  • Carol Marin: Feds back off on ruining a good man’s life

    It almost never happens. But on Monday, it did. Federal prosecutors dropped 17 felony counts of bank fraud and false information against State Rep. La Shawn Ford in exchange for his pleading guilty to a single misdemeanor income tax charge. Let that sink in. The Chicago lawmaker faced years in prison. Each felony charge carried a 30-year maximum sentence. Multiply 17 by 30 and see what you get. Then, just last week, Ford’s trial was removed from the federal docket. Poof! Gone.