| 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...
| Jan 24, 2014
| 4:07 PM
Cook County Forest Preserve District leaders on Friday unveiled sweeping plans to overhaul the sprawling system, an ambitious program to restore 30,000 acres to a pristine state, buy more land and draw thousands of new people to the natural areas.
| Feb 13, 2014
| 1:07 PM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle sought to turn the page Thursday on the scenes of bodies stacked up at the county morgue that were a problem for her administration by unveiling a renovated cooler for remains at the facility and by noting it...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 5:01 AM
Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday put his signature on a historic measure making Illinois the 16th state to allow same-sex marriage, capping a 40-year push for gay rights that picked up major momentum during the past decade.
Playing master of ceremonies...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 2:30 AM
I felt the music and the fire as the civil rights movement rose from its slumber.
"Repair . . . justice!" went the call and response last week, in the basement of an old Chicago church at the corner of Ashland and Washington. "Restore . . . life! Rebuild...
| Jan 29, 2014
| 9:32 PM
Laura Washington writes today that liberals opposed to Mayor Rahm Emanuel have been talking big about Emanuel's vulnerability in his bid for re-election next year, but-- So far, it’s hakn a tshaynik — Yiddish, Wikipedia says, meaning, “...
| Feb 18, 2014
| 12:22 AM
By Jessica Reynolds Rumors about who might challenge Rahm Emanuel in the 2015 mayoral election have started to circulate, with mentions of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis and a handful of...