| Apr 19, 2011
| 7:36 PM
Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel may have picked an outsider to run Chicago Public Schools, but he stuck with City Hall insiders to ensure the city's trains and buses run on time.
New CTA President Forrest Claypool, who has known Emanuel for decades, will...
| Oct 6, 2011
| 3:49 PM
Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez won the expected endorsement of Democratic slatemakers Thursday despite complaints from some African-American ward leaders about what they said was her failure to reach out to the black community.
| Oct 19, 2011
One of the most popular ways to lower property tax bills is also one of the most misused — benefiting thousands of people ranging from mayors to landlords and snowbirds.
The homestead exemption is supposed to lower taxes only for a taxpayer's...
| May 9, 2011
| 4:52 PM
Mayor Richard Daley's final City Hall open house Monday took on a different tone than others he's hosted over the years, as hundreds of guests came mostly to thank him for decades of service rather than to seek the favor of Chicago's powerful chief...
| Jun 15, 2011
| 1:25 PM
Cook County will start using benchmarks such as wait times at hospitals and employee sick time as part of a plan to set performance standards.
Quarterly reports will be released to show whether goals are met, officials said today.
“This is the...
| Feb 17, 2011
| 5:34 PM
Like the old MCI phone plan, Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios is using his power to create a "friends and family plan."
While laying off 53 employees, Berrios is keeping his sister, his son and daughter on the payroll. And, he's adding two more, a...
| Mar 21, 2012
| 4:29 AM
A Chicago Democratic lawmaker charged with bribery a week ago won decisively in Tuesday's primary, the first election under a newly drawn map that shook up House and Senate seats from the city to the suburbs.
Even before unofficial results rolled in,...
| May 1, 2012
| 11:31 AM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Assessor Joe Berrios on Tuesday urged state lawmakers to give them more power to go after property owners who improperly claim tax breaks, saying they could recover more than $150 million in three years...
| Jun 1, 2012
| 4:58 PM
Owners of homes and businesses in Cook County can expect a mid-summer surprise: the second installment of property tax bills are expected to hit mail boxes in early July for the first time in decades.
If the bills get to the post office by July 1, it...
| Jun 5, 2012
Just weeks before the March Democratic primary, a campaign operative for Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan walked into the headquarters of a candidate for state representative to deliver a message.
"You aren't going to like me," Shaw Decremer...
| Jul 20, 2011
| 12:40 PM
A joint investigation by WGN-TV, Chicago Magazine and the Better Government Association raises ethical questions about the head of the Cook County Ethics Board.
Once a month, tucked away on the 30th floor of the County building, a group of men and...