| 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...
| May 24, 2012
| 2:34 PM
Cash-strapped Cook County government and the more financially sound Forest Preserve District are looking to bring in corporate cash by selling naming rights, sponsorships and concessions.
All of those, plus more mundane ideas such as advertising on...
| Nov 2, 2012
| 4:45 PM
Cook County commissioners on Friday endorsed a $41.7 million set of new and increased taxes that would hit the pocketbooks of smokers, some businesses, gun buyers, and the owners of gambling machines at casinos and bars.
In a series of votes, the Finance...
| Nov 6, 2012
| 2:21 PM
In the Kenwood neighborhood, President Barack Obama's neighbors went about their daily business today -- voting, running errands, and entertaining children who were off from school – as presidential security teams and an international news corps...
| Aug 22, 2012
| 5:22 AM
— Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Tuesday said former President Ronald Reagan deserves "a special place in hell" for his role in the war on drugs, but later she regretted what she called her "inflammatory" remark.
The comment from...
| Sep 7, 2012
— Toni Preckwinkle was a high school history teacher before she embarked on a new career, winning a seat on the Chicago City Council in 1991. During 19 years on the council, she sponsored living wage and affordable housing ordinances. In 2010, she...
| Jun 5, 2012
| 3:47 PM
Cook County commissioners voted Tuesday to combine job training programs with the City of Chicago in a bid to cut costs.
A single not-for-profit organization would be created to administer all the job training in the county, rather than having separate...
| Jun 13, 2012
| 2:39 PM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle continued Wednesday to put her imprint on county government by appointing new members to the board overseeing the county’s vast public health system.
At the Health and Hospitals System board, Preckwinkle...
| Jun 16, 2012
| 5:09 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn stood inside the auditorium of a sprawling new Salvation Army community center that officially opened in West Pullman Saturday and put into perspective the meaning of a new swimming pool, performing arts center, soccer field and other...
| Jun 18, 2012
| 12:52 PM
An influential Chicago alderman said today he's not yet ready to sign off on Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposal to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
Although Ald. Edward Burke, 14th, didn’t rule out backing the mayor’s...
| Jun 18, 2012
| 1:50 PM
Ald. Ed Burke is not too keen on the mayor's proposal to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, partly because because he is "very concerned with anything that gives kids the idea that this is not a bad thing to do." But Mayor Emanuel and...