Frank Main, Chicago Sun-Times

Frank Main

Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago, IL, United States

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Recent articles by Frank:

The road to forgiveness; Gun-control backer’s change of heart toward son’s killers: ‘I forgive them’

When Andrew Young of Evanston was fatally shot in 1996, Stephen Young called for the ‘severest penalty’ for his son’s killers. Then, he met them. And he believes they’re sorry. → Read More

Chinese Americans in Chicago donate 1 million surgical masks to city’s first-responders

The donation organized by Citadel Securities CEO Peng Zhao and his wife Cherry Chen follows months of President Donald Trump vilifying China for causing the pandemic. → Read More

Low-rated nursing homes in Cook County fare worst in COVID-19 deaths

They’re more likely to have residents die of the coronavirus than highly rated facilities, a Sun-Times investigation found. A Cook County commissioner is calling for residents in the worst-rated nursing homes to be moved to new field hospitals. → Read More

Chicago gang kingpin Larry Hoover’s bad behavior could keep him from cutting life sentence

Held in the same super-max prison where ‘El Chapo’ is locked up, the Gangster Disciples kingpin wants a break under the First Step Act that Kanye West championed. → Read More

Suburban Chicago gynecologist’s mysterious death in Texas ‘was a homicide,’ expert says

‘This certainly smacks of homicide where somebody . . . essentially garroted this gentleman to death and then set a fire to try to disguise that fact’ Milwaukee medical examiner says. → Read More

New top cop David Brown clamps down on Chicago police overtime

Now officers must get overtime approved by high-ranking bosses. Mayor Lori Lightfoot says the Chicago Police Department can’t keep spending money ‘like a drunken soldier.’ → Read More

Minority-, women-owned firms may have lost out on Chicago’s coronavirus contracts

First-time city vendors weren’t required to comply with City Hall’s program to hire minority- and woman-owned businesses until this past week, when FEMA allowed that. → Read More

In first day as superintendent, David Brown apologizes to aldermen for not warning about police surge

"He came out and apologized immediately and said ‘I’m sorry that I blindsided you guys with this,’" said Ald. Anthony Napolitano (41st). Despite his apology, Brown plans to continue with his new strategy. → Read More

Cook County Jail officers want to be paid for after-work time spent sanitizing over COVID-19

They want to be paid for up to 30 minutes they spend after each shift sanitizing themselves and their personal protective equipment, saying that’s now an ‘expected job function.’ → Read More

Ex-mayoral candidate Willie Wilson wants City Hall coronavirus deals; Lori Lightfoot says no

Mayor says she wouldn’t agree to Wilson’s demand for cash payment upfront: ‘Millions of dollars in cash is not something I’m ever going to do with taxpayer dollars.’ → Read More

Who’s getting millions from Chicago City Hall for massive temporary health, shelter system

Faced with coronavirus emergency, city has budgeted $65 million for emergency deals for a McCormick Place field hospital, homeless shelters, masks, gowns, COVID-19 tests. → Read More

McCormick Place field hospital now accepting COVID-19 patients

The temporary hospital, still being built in stages, will eventually have a 3,000-patient capacity. → Read More

Pritzker arranging secret flights from China to bring millions of masks and gloves to Illinois

The governor is worried President Trump might try to seize the supplies for the federal stockpile so he’s keeping the details quiet, a source said. → Read More

Busted in Chicago suburbs, top aide to cartel boss ‘El Mencho’ wanted grenade launchers: prosecutors

They say Luis Alderete, awaiting trial on federal drug charges, is part of the Jalisco New Generation cartel and wanted the weapons because ‘it’s wartime’ in Mexico. → Read More

Chicago cop’s funeral during coronavirus pandemic: masks, no mayor, officers in cars

Officer Marco DiFranco, a 50-year-old undercover narcotics officer, died of complications related to COVID-19. → Read More

Despite ‘Crimson Contagion’ pandemic drills, Chicago didn’t fill public health jobs

That was a need identified by the emergency preparedness drills last year that imagined a pandemic spreading from China to Chicago. → Read More

Police commander owns 3-flat on West Side block where he’s ordered cops to keep people out

Cmdr. Darrell Spencer has told his officers to make people prove their residency to enter four blocks — including one on which he owns a three-flat. → Read More

3-star general on new McCormick Place coronavirus hospital: ‘We don’t know when this one’s going to end’

Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite of the Army Corps of Engineers, overseeing construction of the ‘alternative care facility’ for COVID-19 patients, says first 500 beds will be ready Friday. → Read More

Veteran undercover Chicago police officer dies of COVID-19

Marco DiFranco’s death is the first related to the coronavirus in the department, which has seen more than 60 confirmed cases. → Read More

Chicago police officers ordered to restrict access to several West Side blocks known for drug sales

Police were instructed to check the ID of anyone who tried to enter four blocks, but several officers said they were hesitant to follow those orders out of concern they were not constitutional. → Read More