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Marcel Pacatte
Marcel Pacatte is the former director of the Medill News Service at Northwestern University, where he taught reporting, writing and editing. He now teaches at Boise State University.

Entries by Marcel Pacatte

A Century of Progress

(0) Comments | Posted April 6, 2015 | 10:14 AM

Ever hear of Oscar DePriest? He made history a hundred years ago Monday.

Few today remember him -- about the only lasting nod to his legacy is an elementary school bearing his name in East Garfield Park -- but a hundred years ago, on April 6, 1915, Oscar DePriest made...

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Sorry, Carol, Forrest Missed His Chance for 2010

(3) Comments | Posted May 10, 2010 | 11:43 AM

Carol Marin is the latest to try to make us all feel sorry for poor little Forrest Claypool and his quixotic attempt to worm his way onto the ballot as an independent for Cook County assessor.

She likens Mike Madigan to Tony Soprano, supposing Madigan has called all over town...

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Judge Should Laugh Subpoena Request out of Courtroom

(15) Comments | Posted November 10, 2009 | 10:03 AM


Anita Alvarez is a menace to your freedom.

That's why you should care about Alvarez's bid to force my Medill colleague David Protess to open his grade book to prosecutors as they attempt to -- well, I still haven't figured out what Alvarez and her cohort...

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Wanted: Suitable Senate Candidate

(2) Comments | Posted September 1, 2009 | 9:01 PM

If you think things are bad now in Illinois, with Blagojevich and Burris and Jesse Jackson Jr. and who knows what else, it could be worse.

Here's a three-paragraph history lesson:

In the 1920s, the U.S. Senate refused to seat the man appointed by the governor -- for two...

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Was Robert Novak a Journalist?

(32) Comments | Posted August 21, 2009 | 10:42 PM

Here is Clarence Page on Robert Novak, who died earlier this week:

We seldom agreed on political issues, but he always knew how to make a good case for his side. More important, at a time when just about everyone who has a keyboard seems to think they...

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Leave Fitzgerald Alone

(2) Comments | Posted August 11, 2009 | 8:45 PM

Abner Mikva thinks Patrick Fitzgerald shot his mouth off in talking to reporters the day that Rod Blagojevich was led from his home in shackles.

The former congressman, former federal judge, former White House counsel and former everything spoke recently at a panel on public corruption cases. He criticized the...

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How Chicago's Parking Meter Deal Matters in Springfield

(1) Comments | Posted June 3, 2009 | 12:28 AM

Was the deal that privatized Chicago's parking meters for 75 years a good one?

David Hoffman, the city's inspector general, an independent watchdog on government, says probably not. He's not even straight-up saying no, just that the process was fundamentally flawed.

He issued a report Tuesday that says the...

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Calling Out The Real Crybabies

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2009 | 9:17 PM

For the record, Mike Jacobs, a state senator from the Quad Cities, has been aware of me zero times in his life.

I say that to set the record straight, so that he -- or anybody else -- doesn't mistakenly think that I come to this debate with any...

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Roland Burris, Off The Hook

(8) Comments | Posted May 26, 2009 | 9:00 PM

I've just read the U.S. Attorney's filings Tuesday, asking to send along a recording of a telephone call the government says our junior senator had with the brother of our impeached former governor. It's a bit of information the Senate Ethics Committee might find interesting.

I've followed Roland Burris his...

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Dowd's Plagiarism Excuse Inexcusable

(6) Comments | Posted May 19, 2009 | 7:01 PM

Maureen Dowd's excuse for being caught plagiarizing is as lame as her plagiarism is inexcusable.

A friend fed her a line? And she used it? Not realizing the friend was quoting Marshall?

Oh. Well.

In that case, forget we brought it up.

I teach journalism at...

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