| Oct 28, 2014
| 5:27 PM
The latest entrant into the Chicago mayor's race said Tuesday that he hopes to knock off Rahm Emanuel by inheriting the momentum Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis had started to build before a sudden illness prevented her from running....
| Oct 28, 2014
| 1:12 PM
Four years ago, Todd Stroger ended his hapless and costly regime as president of the Cook County Board. Toni Preckwinkle beat him in the Democratic primary and she went on to win the general election. She has kept her promise to eliminate Stroger's much-...
| Oct 31, 2014
| 4:35 PM
A week ago we explained why the race for governor of Illinois isn't only about whether incumbent Pat Quinn or challenger Bruce Rauner will be Illinois' CEO for four years. This contest also is a referendum on the future of the 67 percent personal income...
| Nov 10, 2014
| 11:04 AM
A key City Council Committee on Monday endorsed Mayor Rahm Emanuel's selection of Kurt Summers Jr. as the new city treasurer, an appointment that will give Summers a leg up in February's municipal election.
Summers, a 35-year-old investment firm...
| Nov 12, 2014
| 4:19 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday offered a monologue about balancing the needs of work and family, after several aldermen warned incoming city treasurer Kurt Summers Jr. about the family sacrifices he would make as a public official.
Emanuel gave Summers...
| Nov 14, 2014
| 5:57 PM
Despite dissent from a fellow Democrat, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Friday won easy approval for her $4 billion 2015 budget proposal that includes no new taxes, fines or fees.
Commissioner Larry Suffredin, D-Evanston, voted against...
| Nov 19, 2014
| 7:42 AM
Cook County commissioners will consider a proposal Wednesday to cut a $41,640 check to finally settle up with the city of Chicago for years worth of unpaid parking and traffic tickets issued to people driving county vehicles.
The check would cover...
| Dec 1, 2014
| 3:41 PM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle took the oath of office for a second term Monday, reflecting on her successes while looking ahead to four years in which county's financial problems could get tougher and she will have full ownership of...
| Oct 9, 2014
| 8:29 AM
A crackdown on unstamped cigarette sales resulted in citations for 165 Chicago businesses over two months, the city Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection announced Thursday morning.
The "Check the Stamps" campaign came in the wake of...
| Oct 25, 2014
| 3:10 PM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle recently visited the Tribune Editorial Board and delivered a dose of unexpected good news about the county's health care system: The fledgling Medicaid expansion known as CountyCare is looking healthier than it...
| Oct 19, 2014
| 7:12 PM
President Barack Obama on Sunday night helped launch an all-out effort by Democrats to get voters to the polls for Gov. Pat Quinn, telling thousands gathered at a South Side rally to cast their ballots when early voting starts Monday.