| Mar 12, 2014
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is unopposed for re-election, so she's focusing much of her political effort and spending some of her campaign cash to ensure that three allies are nominated in the Democratic primary.
In one contest, she's...
| Mar 4, 2014
Early voting started Monday for the March 18 Illinois primary election. The Tribune offers more endorsements today in contested primary elections for the Illinois House.
29th District: State Rep. Thaddeus Jones of Calumet City is a reliable voice for...
| 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...
| 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
| 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....
| 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 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...
| 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&...
| 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.
| Sep 21, 2012
| 4:32 PM
From Sunday's print column It will be an affront to democracy, a vile insult to the voters in Illinois’ 2nd U.S. congressional district if ailing U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. drops his bid for re-election and retires from politics before......
| Sep 27, 2012
| 4:32 PM
Rich Miller: (Cook County Board President Toni) Preckwinkle is making a serious mistake here. (Former Todd Stroger chief of staff Lance) Tyson tried to do right in that office. He took the job thinking he could help. Some folks, myself......