| 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...
| 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...
| Nov 29, 2012
As Cook County officials scramble to find ways to raise money — taxing guns, gambling machines and cigarettes — they have been unable to bring burdensome overtime costs under control.
County officials for years have promised to rein in...
| 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 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.”
| 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...
| Mar 28, 2013
| 4:33 PM
A roundup of state and local news-review and weekly political chat shows. Descriptions provided by the broadcast outlets in most cases: The Afternoon Shift (WBEZ-FM 91.5) Host Rick Kogan talks about the week's two hottest stories -- school closings and......
| Jul 5, 2013
| 4:32 PM
By America's pre-eminent unsolicited advice columnist, for the Sunday paper Dear Mayor Rahm Emanuel: Do not appoint Democratic State Rep. Deb Mell of Chicago to the City Council vacancy created by the retirement of her father, Ald. Dick Mell (33rd).......
| Jul 17, 2013
| 4:32 PM
Today's offering from Scott Stantis: Everything about this cartoon is just about pitch perfect, but... are my sensitivities exaggerated or is there sexism at work in the portrayal of Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan as a mere little girl? The unseemly......
| Nov 9, 2012
| 4:28 PM
By an overwhelming 16 to 1 vote, the Cook County Board of Commissioners approved a $2.95 billion dollar budget for 2013.
The only dissenting vote came from Commissioner William Beavers, staunch ally to former Board President Todd