| 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...
| 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...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 9:32 PM
HalD reports: 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...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 9:32 PM
This is a picture worth a thousand curse words. It’s the image of the Cook County Circuit Court’s writ of habeas corpus in a case involving alleged armed robber Ladaris Butler, 21, and it reveals, at a glance, just how......
| Aug 27, 2013
A federal court ruling has dealt a setback to Chicago's efforts, and to potentially those of municipalities around the country, to maintain some of the vacant properties caught in the limbo of the foreclosure process.
Chicago's ordinance, which took...
| Jun 27, 2013
| 2:05 PM
Cook County’s budget gap for next year is pegged at $152 million and Board President Toni Preckwinkle once again isn’t ruling out tax or fee increases to fill the hole.
There are, however, a pair of specific tax hikes that Preckwinkle says...
| Feb 5, 2013
| 10:23 AM
Firearms owners in suburban Cook County will face fines up to $2,000 if they don't report to police when their guns are lost, stolen or sold under an ordinance commissioners approved today.
The plan, pushed by County Board President Toni Preckwinkle,...
| Jan 30, 2013
| 11:12 AM
State Sen. Napoleon Harris of Flossmoor, sworn into his first elective office this month, is expected to drop out of the race for the Democratic nomination for the 2nd Congressional District and will back former state Rep. Robin Kelly of Matteson, a...
| May 15, 2013
| 3:24 PM
Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle is temporarily reversing her signature initiative to shrink the Juvenile Detention Center because a federally-appointed administrator says there are too many kids being detained there to safely reduce its size....
| Sep 7, 2012
— Toni Preckwinkle was a high school history teacher before she embarked on a new career, winning a seat on the Chicago City Council in 1991. During 19 years on the council, she sponsored living wage and affordable housing ordinances. In 2010, she...