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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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  • Another Metra board member leaving in wake of scandal

    Another Metra board member leaving in wake of scandal
    The embattled Metra board will lose yet another member after a severance scandal that engulfed the commuter rail agency this past summer, officials said Wednesday. Board member William Widmer will leave the agency as soon as Cook County commissioners...
  • Cook County morgue gets OK to cremate some bodies

    Cook County morgue gets OK to cremate some bodies
    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...
  • Another Metra board member asked to quit

    Another Metra board member asked to quit
    Metra board member Stanley Rakestraw has been asked to resign, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's office said late Wednesday, following inquiries by the Tribune about Rakestraw's eligibility and residency. State law requires that...
  • Preckwinkle opposes Emanuel on gun crime mandatory sentences

    Preckwinkle opposes Emanuel on gun crime mandatory sentences
    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. "I've...
  • Reclaiming 'Chiraq'

    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...
  • Cook County trigger lock gun law could be toughest in Illinois

    Cook County trigger lock gun law could be toughest in Illinois
    Chicago and Cook County Democrats raced Wednesday to put in place more comprehensive bans on semi-automatic assault weapons — with the county going a step further by enacting perhaps the toughest child-safety lock measure in Illinois. The rush...
  • Cook County may cremate some unclaimed bodies

    Cook County may cremate some unclaimed bodies
    Rather than letting bodies stack up in coolers at the Cook County morgue, the medical examiner is asking for the authority to cremate them in some cases. Dr. Stephen Cina, who took over as medical examiner last year after county officials acknowledged...
  • Ex-head of Stroger hospital was noted community activist

    Ex-head of Stroger hospital was noted community activist
    Ruth Rothstein came to Chicago in 1950 as a union organizer but spent most of the rest of her life reviving area hospitals and working to improve the health system in Cook County. Known for her tough, no-nonsense exterior and deep caring for the poor...
  • Crowds take in 84th annual Bud Billiken Parade

    Crowds take in 84th annual Bud Billiken Parade
    With the city's first day of school still a couple weeks away, the 84th annual Bud Billiken Parade rung in the new school year Saturday with the traditional stream of politicians, marching bands, tumblers, dancers and the occasional cartoon character....
  • Suburbs' red-light camera revenues on the blink

    Suburbs' red-light camera revenues on the blink
    Former Bellwood administrator Roy McCampbell once compared red-light cameras to a lottery or casino — a "guaranteed amount of money." But as the cameras reduce the number of drivers who roll through red lights, the number of $100 fines is also...
  • Emanuel's latest gun crime push faces unclear future at Capitol

    Emanuel's latest gun crime push faces unclear future at Capitol
    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...