| 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
| 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...
| 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...
| Nov 7, 2012
| 5:11 AM
Indicted former state Rep. Derrick Smith was on his way Tuesday to writing a new chapter in Illinois political notoriety by regaining his House seat just months after being impeached and expelled over his arrest on federal bribery charges.
| Jan 6, 2011
| 4:32 PM
As one who was critical of the way former Gov. Rod Blagojevich constantly picked fights with legislators -- particularly legislators in his own party -- and framed issues with gratuitously defiant rhetoric, I suppose I should be hailing the serenely......
| Sep 7, 2011
| 10:43 AM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is seeking greater control over how the county buys goods and services.
At a news conference today, Preckwinkle said the ordinance she's proposing will "streamline" government by speeding up the approval of...
| Sep 14, 2011
| 4:48 PM
The brother-in-law of former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger has resigned from his $195,906-a-year post as chief operating officer at the county's Department of Public Health.
Stephen Martin's resignation is effective Sept. 23, according to...
| Sep 21, 2011
| 2:13 PM
During a year when many unionized Cook County workers are taking 10 unpaid days off to help balance the budget, five commissioners are refusing to do so.
The commissioners, who make $85,000 a year, have asked the county comptroller for their money back...
| Jun 14, 2011
| 4:38 PM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle ran for the job as a reformer, but on Tuesday she found herself defending a decision to put two former southwest suburban state lawmakers on the county payroll.
Michael Carberry and John O’Sullivan...
| Feb 26, 2011
| 5:48 AM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle won unanimous approval this morning of a budget plan that includes a deal with unions to have thousands of county workers take 10 unpaid days off during the rest of the year.
It was one of Preckwinkle's first...