| 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...
| Jan 3, 2013
| 4:34 AM
— If anyone thought gay marriage legislation would pass easily in Illinois, the initial hiccup Wednesday in the state Senate illustrated how hard-fought the issue is likely to be every step of the way.
A bill to allow same-sex marriage did not...
| Jan 8, 2013
| 2:46 PM
SPRINGFIELD --- Former state Rep. Robin Kelly of Matteson will get the first spot on the ballot in special Democratic primary for the seat once held by former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.
The Illinois State Board of Elections conducted lotteries today for the...
| Jan 17, 2013
| 9:29 AM
As promised, Mayor Rahm Emanuel today sent the City Council a proposal to increase the potential jail time for certain gun violations in Chicago.
The mayor, who supports President Barack Obama's gun control efforts in Washington, has said he doesn't want...
| Feb 15, 2013
| 11:47 AM
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s super political action committee on Friday endorsed former state Rep. Robin Kelly of Matteson in the special Democratic primary that is likely to decide the successor to former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr....
| Feb 18, 2013
| 4:23 AM
State Sen. Toi Hutchinson dropped out of the 2nd District special Democratic primary Sunday and endorsed ex-state Rep. Robin Kelly in the contest to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. in Congress.
The move, announced in a morning news release, shakes up the...
| Feb 18, 2013
The already volatile special election campaign to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. in Congress saw its biggest upheaval Sunday when state Sen. Toi Hutchinson dropped out and endorsed former state Rep. Robin Kelly in a move to unite against former U.S. Rep....
| Mar 14, 2013
| 4:54 AM
Parking in a Chicago garage or lot will be more costly for drivers who pay premium rates, but those who find deals would pay less under a measure Mayor Rahm Emanuel proposed Wednesday.
The idea is to switch city parking taxes from a complicated...
| Jan 28, 2013
| 11:36 AM
State Sen. Toi Hutchinson of Olympia Fields gained the endorsement today of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle for the Democratic nomination in the special primary to decide a replacement for former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., aides to both...