| Jul 1, 2015
| 4:18 PM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Wednesday defended her push for quick approval of a sales tax increase after commissioners unsuccessfully tried to slow it down and make her include it in the traditional fall budgeting process....
| Jun 28, 2015
| 10:55 AM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is within striking distance of securing the votes needed to raise the county sales tax by a penny on the dollar, but she'll have to be persuasive to get there, a Tribune survey of county commissioners...
| Apr 17, 2015
| 8:37 AM
Grey skies and muddy grounds didn't keep Yolanda Gamboa from quietly praying at a service for 63 of Cook County's unclaimed miscarried or stillborn fetuses at Chicago's Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery Thursday.
"I heard about it on the radio this...
| Apr 10, 2015
| 2:53 PM
"I'm probably the first candidate who posted his arrest record on his website before he was elected alderman," Brian Hopkins, Chicago's new 2nd Ward alderman, said with a laugh.
It was actually a column I wrote, headlined "Former 'outlaw' runs for...
| Apr 8, 2015
| 4:54 AM
A fierce critic of Mayor Rahm Emanuel fended off an opponent backed by pro-Emanuel political groups Tuesday in one of the most expensive and high-profile races among 18 City Council runoff contests.
Six other aldermen who have been strong backers of...
| Apr 3, 2015
| 3:53 PM
The money keeps pouring into the open-seat race for 2nd Ward alderman, as developers, labor unions, attorneys and well-to-do residents see a chance to influence the outcome of a contest in which the winner gets to represent some of the most desirable...
| Apr 2, 2015
| 4:27 PM
Ten government workers, including three police officers, seek seats on Chicago City Council.
Ten government workers who are accustomed to taking orders from aldermen and top administrators hope to start delivering a few directives of their own after...
| Apr 1, 2015
| 1:16 PM
Democratic Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle reached into the rule book Wednesday to avoid a symbolic vote on a potential property tax increase that a key ally of Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner had pushed.
Commissioner Timothy Schneider,...
| Mar 15, 2015
| 7:11 PM
It is a rare sight indeed to see mayoral candidates playing retail politics so late in the year, about as rare as seeing mythical beasties.
But these weren't unicorns or griffins. These were political men, Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia...
| Mar 6, 2015
| 6:51 PM
Minnie Minoso became an instant friend to everyone he met, or to anyone who had the pleasure of watching the affable "Cuban Comet" play baseball with unmatched flair and passion.
On Friday, fans, friends and family paid their respects during a public...
| Feb 25, 2015
| 4:48 AM
Aldermanic candidates in 19 wards are going back to the campaign trail Wednesday, facing head-to-head elections in six weeks after nobody in those contests was able to pull a majority of the votes cast in the first round of balloting.
Among those who...