| 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....
| Mar 21, 2014
| 11:56 AM
A onetime top aide to former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger was sentenced Friday to more than four years in prison for steering county contracts to cronies in return for $35,000 in kickbacks.
Eugene Mullins marks the second high-level aide...
| 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...
| Jan 5, 2014
When House Speaker Michael Madigan accidentally triggered a patronage scandal at the Metra commuter rail agency, it was the result of two extraordinary events.
First his request to boost the Metra salary of a longtime political worker was refused....
| Sep 18, 2013
| 3:19 PM
After two days of deliberations, a federal jury on Wednesday found Eugene Mullins, a friend and onetime aide to former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger, guilty of seven of eight counts at his corruption trial.
Mullins was acquitted of one...
| Sep 9, 2013
| 4:34 PM
Eugene Mullins was a veteran Chicago police officer from a working-class family who'd grown up "sticking up for the little guy" when in 2006 his career took a dramatic turn.
His childhood friend Todd Stroger had just been elected Cook County Board...
| Oct 18, 2012
| 6:58 AM
The tax on pack of smokes would rise by a buck in Cook County next year, which would leave Chicago with the second-highest per-pack tax in the nation, under County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's new budget proposal.
Preckwinkle, who is presenting her...
| Jul 17, 2013
| 11:14 AM
The Cook County Board today approved a payout of more than $500,000 to nearly a dozen people that a federal court monitor determined were fired for unlawful political reasons by Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios after he took office in late 2010....
| Apr 11, 2013
| 12:18 PM
Democratic ward and township bosses today chose Stanley Moore to succeed convicted former Cook County Commissioner William Beavers despite Moore's $3,000 fine for allegedly campaigning while on the taxpayer dime at his state job. The selection by party...
| Apr 5, 2013
| 4:07 PM
Cook County Democratic leaders are scheduled to meet Thursday to pick a replacement for Commissioner William Beavers, who was convicted last month of federal tax evasion.
Ald. Howard Brookins will lead the meeting at which Democratic committeemen will...