| Mar 17, 2014
| 4:50 PM
Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans shook up the court's beleaguered adult probation department Monday by removing the agency’s longtime head — a change of leadership he said would better serve the public.
The move comes after a Tribune...
| Mar 11, 2014
| 9:32 PM
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...
| Mar 12, 2014
| 4:32 PM
This Sunday print column item is adapted from a post earlier this week and riffs off this news story Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle was tantalizingly un-Shermanesque in her response last week to reporters who pressed her on whether......
| Mar 6, 2014
| 4:53 PM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle would begin overseeing an effort to ease overcrowding at the county jail by releasing detainees on electronic monitoring under an agreement reached this week with the sheriff.
The agreement, which still needs...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 5:25 PM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle plans to close a $152 million budget gap next year by getting more federal health care funding, cutting spending and hoping more tax money is collected. It's a good-news budget, without higher taxes, fines or...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 5:27 AM
The Cook County medical examiner will have the power to cremate bodies in some cases rather than letting them stack up in the morgue under a package of new rules commissioners approved Wednesday.
Medical Examiner Dr. Stephen Cina has said approving...
| Oct 8, 2013
| 5:59 PM
Days before her 2014 budget address, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's bid to balance this year's spending plan took a hit Tuesday when a judge ordered the county to stop collecting a tax on certain big-ticket items purchased outside the...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 5:14 PM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle spoke out Wednesday against mandatory minimum sentences for gun crimes — a key legislative initiative of Mayor Rahm Emanuel in his effort to tamp down a stubbornly high level of city violence.
| Oct 15, 2013
| 4:42 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel vowed Tuesday to use his political capital to get state lawmakers to pass tougher illegal firearm possession laws, but his plan faces a lukewarm reception from a General Assembly already facing a tableau of issues and weary of...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 5:11 AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel all but acknowledged that people will be able to legally buy guns in Chicago later this year, announcing Thursday that he has chosen not to fight a federal court ruling that struck down the city's gun shop ban.
Instead, City Hall will...
| Feb 13, 2014
| 5:16 AM
Sellers of electronic cigarettes in much of suburban Cook County would have to move them behind the counter just like ordinary smokes under new regulations a county commissioner wants to make law.
County Board member Jeffrey Tobolski, D-McCook, also...