| Oct 28, 2013
| 8:02 PM
A federal jury today convicted two half-brothers on federal fraud charges for taking bribes to fix property tax assessments in Cook County.
Thomas Hawkins, 49, and John Racasi, 52, worked as analysts for the Board of Review when they were secretly...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 3:06 PM
Sharon Eckersall, who served three terms as Evanston Township assessor and was due to retake the office next year, was found dead in her home today.
Police are investigating the death but said there was no immediate indication of foul play.
| Aug 16, 2013
| 12:57 PM
Cook County’s top Democrats overwhelmingly endorsed incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn for re-election Friday in a repudiation of the primary challenge offered by an absent Bill Daley, the son and brother of two former mayors.
Party leaders in the state&...
| Aug 19, 2013
| 3:22 PM
It's that time for North Shore residents to take a hard look at the newly reassessed prices for their houses.
The Cook County Assessor's Office, which is responsible for reevaluating about 1.8 million properties, reassesses real estate in north and west...
| Jul 31, 2013
Of all the people who've been victims of raw political power in this corrupt state, I bet there's one name you never expected to see:
In a lawsuit filed Tuesday against Gov. Pat Quinn, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and his...
| Jul 30, 2013
| 5:21 PM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Tuesday named a new county ethics chief to replace the one she dumped during an investigation into Assessor Joseph Berrios, a political ally.
Ranjit Hakim, an attorney at Mayer Brown who has represented...
| Jul 17, 2013
| 5:42 AM
Cook County taxpayers are expected to end up shelling out more than $500,000 to nearly a dozen people Assessor Joseph Berrios fired for unlawful political reasons after his election in 2010.
The payments, which county commissioners will consider...
| Jul 17, 2013
| 11:14 AM
The Cook County Board today approved a payout of more than $500,000 to nearly a dozen people that a federal court monitor determined were fired for unlawful political reasons by Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios after he took office in late 2010....
| Mar 5, 2013
| 3:24 PM
The perceived dangers to children posed by often-sugary, much-caffeinated energy drinks resulted in much talk but no action Tuesday during a City Council committee hearing.
Ald. Edward Burke, 14th, has proposed banning drinks with at least 180 milligrams...
| Oct 18, 2012
Finally, in the sea of envy that is Illinois politics — with all those nasty, mean and negative campaign ads — we have some heartwarming news to report.
Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady wants to help Democratic candidates for the...
| Oct 19, 2012
American politicians are always on the lookout for "new sources of revenue," which sounds a lot nicer than "sinking their fangs into our necks." But however you describe it, they just can't stop sucking our blood with their unending tax increases on the...