| Jul 15, 2014
We had a conversation at work yesterday in which we batted around the question, "If the Chicago mayoral election were held today, would Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle beat incumbent Mayor Rahm Emanuel?" Opinions were divided, but my answer.....
| Mar 12, 2014
Wednesday's print column Is there still political life in the anti-gay marriage movement? Are union forces strong enough to win a battle with the Democratic establishment over pension reform? These questions are central to two of the most interesting...
| Aug 14, 2013
Former Bellwood administrator Roy McCampbell once compared red-light cameras to a lottery or casino — a "guaranteed amount of money."
But as the cameras reduce the number of drivers who roll through red lights, the number of $100 fines is also...
| Jun 19, 2013
| 4:14 PM
Cook County commissioners voted Wednesday to lower the tax on certain big-ticket items bought outside the county, but the move won't end lawsuits challenging its legality.
The use tax targets companies based in Cook County that go elsewhere to save...
| Jun 27, 2013
| 2:05 PM
Cook County’s budget gap for next year is pegged at $152 million and Board President Toni Preckwinkle once again isn’t ruling out tax or fee increases to fill the hole.
There are, however, a pair of specific tax hikes that Preckwinkle says...
| Jun 28, 2013
| 2:44 PM
A northwest suburban casino has sued to try to stop Cook County from collecting a tax on slot and video poker machines that County Board President Toni Preckwinkle instituted last year to help balance the budget.
It’s the latest challenge to one...
| Feb 5, 2013
| 10:23 AM
Firearms owners in suburban Cook County will face fines up to $2,000 if they don't report to police when their guns are lost, stolen or sold under an ordinance commissioners approved today.
The plan, pushed by County Board President Toni Preckwinkle,...
| Feb 7, 2013
| 9:54 PM
The first lady, governor and mayor will attend Hadiya Pendleton's funeral Saturday, but the family of the slain teenager is determined to hold a service that looks past politics and celebrates the life of a 15-year-old girl lost to Chicago street...
| Feb 8, 2013
| 10:51 PM
Hadiya Pendleton's slaying made her a national symbol of gun violence in Chicago. But for her family and friends, Friday's visitation at a South Side funeral home was mostly about the loss of a bright and bubbly teenager.
"She was like a shooting star....
| Feb 9, 2013
| 9:33 PM
Slain teen Hadiya Pendleton was remembered today as a laughing youth who brought love and happiness to all her family and friends.
Despite the heavy security because of the attendance of first lady Michelle Obama and other dignitaries, Hadiya's funeral...
| Feb 9, 2013
| 9:47 PM
The funeral for Hadiya Pendleton on Saturday was a celebration of her life, just as her parents had wanted. But along with those moments of joyful remembrance, there was bitter awareness of the street violence that took her away.
In the front row,...