| Feb 25, 2015
| 3:29 PM
The lens has narrowed. Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia has emerged from an Election Day rumble, intact and intriguing, in a runoff with Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
The five-way race for mayor blurred the policy positions of all of the candidates....
| Feb 9, 2015
| 6:25 AM
If you took a helicopter ride across Chicago, you would see leafy parks and tree-lined streets. You would marvel at a sparkling Lake Michigan. You would admire the striking downtown architecture.
In certain neighborhoods on the West and South sides, you...
| Jan 12, 2015
| 2:00 PM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Monday said she will make government more efficient for businesses and improve regional cooperation to boost economic development in her second term, but she acknowledged it will be tough to cover the...
| Dec 1, 2014
| 3:41 PM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle took the oath of office for a second term Monday, reflecting on her successes while looking ahead to four years in which county's financial problems could get tougher and she will have full ownership of...
| Oct 28, 2014
| 1:12 PM
Four years ago, Todd Stroger ended his hapless and costly regime as president of the Cook County Board. Toni Preckwinkle beat him in the Democratic primary and she went on to win the general election. She has kept her promise to eliminate Stroger's much-...
| Oct 31, 2014
| 4:35 PM
A week ago we explained why the race for governor of Illinois isn't only about whether incumbent Pat Quinn or challenger Bruce Rauner will be Illinois' CEO for four years. This contest also is a referendum on the future of the 67 percent personal income...
| Oct 9, 2014
| 1:09 PM
Taxpayers won’t be hit any harder by next year’s Cook County government spending plan, but they may not be so fortunate in 2016.
That admission by County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Thursday came after her annual budget speech,...
| Jun 3, 2014
| 8:25 AM
When it comes to rubber stamp legislative bodies, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has only a slight edge over Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, according to a new report set to be released today by the political science department at the University of...
| Apr 17, 2014
| 2:55 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday defended CTA head Forrest Claypool's hiring of two men who gave up their Cook County jobs amid allegations of unethical conduct related to patronage, saying he wasn't concerned because Claypool knew the pair from the county....
| 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...
| Jul 30, 2013
| 5:21 PM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Tuesday named a new county ethics chief to replace the one she dumped during an investigation into Assessor Joseph Berrios, a political ally.
Ranjit Hakim, an attorney at Mayer Brown who has represented...