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  • Report: No 'Council Wars' with Cook County Board for Preckwinkle

    Report:  No 'Council Wars' with Cook County Board for Preckwinkle
    When it comes to rubber stamp legislative bodies, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has only a slight edge over Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, according to a new report set to be released today by the political science department at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
  • Sheriff Dart retaliation lawsuit to cost $2.4 million

    Sheriff Dart retaliation lawsuit to cost $2.4 million
    The Cook County Board next week is expected to approve spending $2.4 million to settle a lawsuit alleging that Sheriff Tom Dart retaliated against deputies who backed his political opponent when he first sought the job eight years ago. Dart has objected...

    O'Hare jet-noise fight gets 'symbolic' nudge from county official

    O'Hare jet-noise fight gets 'symbolic' nudge from county official
    A Cook County commissioner plans to propose a resolution Wednesday calling for a mandatory “fly-quiet” program during overnight hours at O’Hare International Airport to address increasing jet noise from a new runway layout. O’...

    New flood-control plan produces mixed opinions

    New flood-control plan produces mixed opinions
    A revised Army Corps of Engineers study of possible flood-control projects along the Des Plaines River scrapped a controversial reservoir project near Buffalo Grove in exchange for two smaller reservoirs on Cook County Forest Preserve land. But although...

    CEO severance controversy puts Metra board in harsh spotlight

    CEO severance controversy puts Metra board in harsh spotlight
    The controversy over Metra's approval of a $740,000 severance package for its ousted CEO has cast a harsh spotlight on the commuter rail agency's little-known board of directors. It's also revived a decades-old question of why Chicago's transportation...