| Jan 22, 2014
| 6:00 AM
A high-ranking Cook County official from a prominent Democratic family retired late last year after the county's chief internal watchdog recommended he be fired for coercing government workers into donating to the campaign of then-County Board President...
| 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...
| Aug 15, 2013
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...
| 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, “...
| Jan 4, 2014
| 4:32 PM
Sunday's print column Readers and I are dancing together on that fine line between educated guesses and gut feelings, offering up hunches in bunches about the year ahead in Change of Subject's annual predict-the-news survey. Who will win and who......
| Sep 11, 2013
| 4:42 PM
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...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 5:34 PM
A second former CTA executive with decades of transit experience will soon be overseeing policy at Metra.
Cook County commissioners representing the north and west suburbs unanimously appointed retired CTA safety and security official John Plante on...