| Feb 16, 2015
| 7:35 PM
Latinos are poised to pick up at least two City Council seats in aldermanic elections, the reflection of a new ward map and rising population in Chicago.
The last census showed the city's Latino population grew by about 25,000 between 2000 and 2010 as...
| Feb 11, 2015
| 1:12 PM
The Tribune continues endorsements today in contested races for the Chicago City Council.
32nd Ward: If we were going to pick a model for thoughtful independence on the City Council, it would be Ald. Scott Waguespack. He voted against the original...
| Dec 14, 2014
| 3:50 PM
Aiming to present a united front among the city’s Latino political heavy hitters, Rahm Emanuel rolled out the endorsement of a former foe who once suggested the mayor’s North Shore upbringing didn’t make him well-suited to run Chicago....
| May 22, 2014
| 2:00 PM
There’s a changing of the guard in Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s communications office, with chief spokeswoman Sarah Hamilton being replaced by Kelley Quinn, who moves over from a similar job in the city Finance Department.
| Aug 27, 2014
| 6:02 PM
As the sun rose over Bridgeport — the hereditary fiefdom of the Daleys of Chicago — I noticed something, well, different about the flora.
Flora, as all you botanists know, is scientific talk for plants. And the plants of Bridgeport seemed...
| Aug 25, 2014
| 2:43 PM
Cook County’s internal government watchdog recently won a round in his legal battle for authority to probe the offices of all countywide elected officials, but Assessor Joseph Berrios continues to challenge Inspector General Patrick Blanchard on the...
| 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...
| 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&...
| 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 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....