| 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...
| May 31, 2015
| 4:01 PM
Hunting and killing bobcats could be legal in Illinois for the first time in 40 years if Gov. Bruce Rauner signs a measure the House approved Sunday.
The bill would allow hunters to kill one bobcat per hunting season, which would run from Nov. 1 to Feb....
| May 14, 2015
| 1:49 PM
Illinois lawmakers are considering a proposal that would require temporary staffing agencies to record the race, ethnicity and gender of workers seeking employment — regardless of whether individuals get a job.
The proposal comes as several...
| Apr 21, 2015
| 3:23 PM
Longtime 31st Ward Ald. Ray Suarez has been forced into retirement after a final count of votes Tuesday from the April 7 runoff election showed him losing to challenger Milagros "Milly" Santiago by 79 votes.
A week ago, when it seemed clear he was headed...
| 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 31, 2015
| 11:57 AM
Gov. Bruce Rauner's hand-picked state Republican chairman is looking to put Democratic Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle in a political trick bag on property taxes.
Republican Commissioner Timothy Schneider of Streamwood intends to ask...
| Mar 31, 2015
| 4:10 PM
Chicago's ward politics have long been synonymous with the city's vaunted Democratic Party apparatus, even as the federal courts have dismantled the patronage job system in recent years. Now several aldermanic races feature candidates hoping to weaken the...
| Feb 10, 2015
| 2:22 PM
The Cook County Board Feb. 10 approved construction of the controversial 137-home Red Seal project on nine holes of the current Mission Hills Country Club.
After the state's attorney's verification Feb. 9 of signatures of project opponents living...
| 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...
| Jul 11, 2013
| 5:27 AM
Ousted Metra CEO Alex Clifford implicated at least two board members in a patronage complaint shortly before he began negotiating a generous severance package with the commuter rail system, officials publicly acknowledged for the first time Wednesday....
| Jul 12, 2013
A state legislative hearing investigating the severance package for Metra's ousted CEO yielded new details about the controversial deal Thursday, including the revelation that powerful House Speaker Michael Madigan had asked the agency to give one of...