| 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...
| Jul 7, 2013
Another collection of dispatches from Somebody Nobody Asked™, America's pre-eminent unsolicited advice columnist .
Dear Mayor Rahm Emanuel:
Do not appoint Democratic state Rep. Deb Mell of Chicago to the City Council vacancy created by the...
| 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...
| 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...
| Apr 28, 2013
| 9:50 AM
J.F.'s marriage was crumbling in 2010, but he didn't want that public.
J.F. is a well-known Chicago politician, and when he and his wife ended up in divorce court, he asked that their names be kept secret to avoid a “media frenzy.”
| Apr 17, 2013
| 10:40 PM
Cook County commissioners agreed Wednesday to pay a $2.6 million settlement to three doctors who in two federal lawsuits claimed they were illegally fired from jobs at a South Side hospital.
Dr. Vietta Johnson and Dr. Daniel Ivankovich said in their...
| 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...
| Nov 9, 2012
| 10:35 AM
The cost of buying cigarettes and guns in Cook County will rise next year after commissioners today voted 16-1 to approve County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's $2.95 billion budget.
In addition to the $1-per-pack increase on a pack of smokes and a...
| Sep 25, 2012
| 9:32 PM
Democratic Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has her reasons for not endorsing Lance Tyson’s bid for state representative. For a year and a half — from December 2006 until May 2008 — Tyson (right), a lifelong Democrat,...
| Sep 17, 2012
| 4:32 AM
Carol Marin today notes with dismay that Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and other Democrats are remaining neutral in the 10th District state rep race between indicted former incumbent Derrick Smith and...
| Sep 27, 2012
| 4:32 PM
Rich Miller: (Cook County Board President Toni) Preckwinkle is making a serious mistake here. (Former Todd Stroger chief of staff Lance) Tyson tried to do right in that office. He took the job thinking he could help. Some folks, myself......