Mark Brown, Chicago Sun-Times

Mark Brown

Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago, IL, United States

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Recent articles by Mark:

Willie Wilson offers free masks — and trouble for Lightfoot, Pritzker as he readies Senate run

He might not be a serious threat to unseat U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin. But these are strange times. And Wilson seems to have figured out how to run amid a pandemic better than most. → Read More

Ernesto faced challenges in his 12 years — now ours is to ‘never forget the importance of unity and family he valued so much’

Will the death of a 12-year-old boy cause more people to take this disease seriously? I doubt it. Even now, I know someone is reading this and saying "but children die all the time," and that is true. ... Still, what if he’s just the first child to die as the disease continues to spread. → Read More

Forget 24/7, it’s now 24/30 — or longer — for some who take care of developmentally disabled: ‘Basically, we are their family’

It’s quite a personal sacrifice, albeit one that comes with additional compensation of overtime pay and bonuses. The sacrifice also is made easier by the special relationships that often exist between residents and workers. → Read More

Zay N. Smith, graceful Sun-Times writer on Mirage tavern series, QT column, has died at 71

His work as ‘Norty the Bartender’ with legendary reporter Pam Zekman in the investigation of everyday Chicago corruption cemented his place in newspaper history. → Read More

Federal stimulus checks: No forwarding address for some recipients

Arthur Keyser died in November 2018, which the government apparently knew, Janet Williams notes, BECAUSE IT SAYS SO RIGHT ON THE FACE OF THE $1,200 CHECK THEY SENT HIM. → Read More

Young mom, a nurse at Bolingbrook nursing home with soaring COVID-19 toll, is the latest to die

Krist Angielen Castro Guzman, mother of three young children, died at AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center in Bolingbrook, where, less than five months earlier, she gave birth. → Read More

Michelle Abernathy wasn’t just another COVID-19 victim. She made a difference.

The death toll at Ludeman Developmental Center in Park Forest where she worked is now 6 — 3 developmentally disabled residents, 3 staffers. Ludeman really needs more PPE. → Read More

COVID-19 lawsuits a symptom of a pre-existing condition in Illinois — and the nation

It would be easy to plug this particular disagreement into our age-old Chicago versus downstate animosities, and obviously, that’s one aspect of what is happening, but it’s broader and deeper than that as the national interest in this story confirms. → Read More

Edison Park mainstays’ 7-decade love story ends with coronavirus deaths 36 hours apart

Irvin Kaage Jr. and his wife Muriel were behind the Kaage’s Corner newsstand on Northwest Highway in Edison Park. And what a love story they lived. → Read More

Coronavirus devastates Filipino immigrant family in Rogers Park

Battling COVID-19 in the hospital, Luis Tapiru Sr. wakes to learn his wife Josephine and son Luis II have died at home alone of the virus. ‘He was in shock,’ his other son says. → Read More

The challenges of Down syndrome, the cruelty of COVID-19, and a mother’s pain: ‘I told her I’ll be back’

"She learned how to ride a bike. She learned how to swim. She learned how to ice skate. Most important she learned how to make friends," Maya said. "I wanted her to be included in our society, in the world that I live in." → Read More

COVID-19 outbreaks in homeless shelters threaten to outpace city response, doctor warns

Shelters are feeling pressure as they attempt to care for homeless guests who have tested positive for the infection yet they still must live alongside those who have tested negative. → Read More

COVID-19 outbreaks in homeless shelters threaten to outpace city response, doctor warns

Shelters are feeling pressure as they attempt to care for homeless guests who have tested positive for the infection yet they still must live alongside those who have tested negative. → Read More

These Chicago hotel workers are now on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic

Among them: Jose Gonzalez, a cook at a boutique hotel that, under an emergency city contract, now houses peoples who are mildly ill with COVID-19 or were exposed to it. → Read More

Preckwinkle dumping two from party posts for backing Foxx rival: Her re-election ‘was particularly important to me’

"We serve at the pleasure of the president, and apparently, my independence doesn’t pleasure the president," said state Sen. Laura Murphy, noting that her township organization has a long history of making its own endorsements. → Read More

Illinois sees first Election Day poll worker death from COVID-19 – South Side city worker died two weeks after primary

Revall Burke was the first city employee known to have died from the coronavirus. Monday’s news that he was also a polling place worker reignited the debate about whether Illinois should have proceeded with the primary election during the coronavirus outbreak. → Read More

Blue Island’s ‘perfect couple’ succumbs to virus on same day: ‘The way they would have wanted’

Does it matter then that this married couple of nearly 60 years, founders of popular local mainstay Bob’s Auto, died from COVID-19, the terrible illness that has turned the world upside down and put our nation on lockdown? Of course, it matters. And then again, it matters not. → Read More

He was a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather: ‘That he had to die alone just breaks our hearts’

After 56 years of marriage, Janice and James Quigley would have no opportunity to console each other in his final days. No last squeezing of the hand or kiss on the forehead. No last look into each other’s eyes. → Read More

State seeking 12,000 body bags as critical weeks near in COVID-19 fight: ‘We’re preparing in all ways’

The 12,000 figure would far exceed most death projections for Illinois from COVID-19. The latest model from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation projects 3,629 people will die in Illinois from the disease by Aug. 4. → Read More

Voters mailed it in, delivering victory to alderman in grudge match — by just 20 votes

Ald. George Cardenas admitted he was nervous on Election Night when the results showed him behind but held out hope when he learned how many mail ballots remained outstanding. "I knew there were a lot of votes to be counted," Cardenas said. → Read More