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Toni Preckwinkle

Toni Preckwinkle
Toni Preckwinkle is the Cook County Board President. She was elected on Nov. 2, 2010.
Toni Preckwinkle is the Cook County Board President. She was elected on Nov. 2, 2010. « Show less

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  • Cook County's jail less crowded, but problems persist

    Cook County's top criminal justice officials said Thursday they were encouraged that the number of inmates at one of the country's largest jails has dropped, but said that a jail remains a dumping ground for the mentally ill and a place where too many...
  • Preckwinkle tries to make Berrios nepotism fine stick

    Preckwinkle tries to make Berrios nepotism fine stick
    Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will try once again to make a punishment stick against Assessor Joe Berrios for hiring two relatives after a judge last week tossed out $10,000 in fines the Board of Ethics had tried to impose for violating...
  • Judge says Berrios doesn't have to pay $10,000 ethics fine

    Judge says Berrios doesn't have to pay $10,000 ethics fine
    Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios doesn't have to pay $10,000 in fines leveled against him for hiring his relatives shortly after taking office, a judge has ruled. Berrios has been fighting payment of the fine since the county Board of Ethics in 2012...
  • Alvarez proposes steering minor drug offenders to treatment

    Alvarez proposes steering minor drug offenders to treatment
    Low-level drug cases have crowded Cook County courts for years, inflating one of the largest criminal justice systems in the country with costly prosecutions that have done little to stem drug use. In 2010 alone, more than 33,000 people were arrested in...
  • What's behind Anita Alvarez's shift on drugs

    What's behind Anita Alvarez's shift on drugs
    Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez announced Monday that she will stop prosecuting people arrested for misdemeanor or Class 4 felony possession of pot. When the county's chief law enforcement officer decides that cannabis gets too much attention...
  • A 'good day' for lawyer who fought against drug war

    A 'good day' for lawyer who fought against drug war
    James Gierach sounded almost giddy when I telephoned him Monday to get his reaction to Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez's announcement that she would no longer prosecute misdemeanor marijuana cases and would refer non-violent felony drug...
  • Political benefit to Alvarez on marijuana plan

    Political benefit to Alvarez on marijuana plan
    Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez’s announcement Monday that she would stop prosecuting misdemeanor drug offenses comes as she faces a possible election challenge next year from the chief of staff to Cook County Board President Toni...
  • Reaction to Cardinal George's death

    Reaction to Cardinal George's death
    News of Cardinal George's death on Friday brought reaction from fellow religious leaders, political leaders and others. Here are excerpts from some of them. . Statement from Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich: "A man of peace, tenacity and courage...
  • DuSable Museum honors star role models

     DuSable Museum honors star role models
    The DuSable Museum of African American History celebrated the 20th anniversary of its "A Night of 100 Stars" Gala on March 28 at the elegant South Shore Cultural Center. The fundraiser honored five community leaders with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Gov....
  • John Kass: Rahm Emanuel's lessons for Hillary Clinton

    If Hillary Clinton wants to read the heart of the Democratic Party as the 2016 presidential campaign cycle begins, she should look homeward: To Chicago. Because here, in the aftermath of establishment Mayor Rahm Emanuel's re-election victory over the...
  • Will Mayor Survivor and the aldermen help Chicago, too, survive?

    Will Mayor Survivor and the aldermen help Chicago, too, survive?
    Two months ago, political pros and hobbyists alike were debating whether Mayor Rahm Emanuel would win 50-percent-plus-one of the votes cast Feb. 24 and bury his four challengers in a snowbank. He didn't come close. And until Tuesday's runoff, it wasn't...