| 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 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
| Nov 6, 2012
| 7:21 PM
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 federal bribery arrest.
Smith declared victory in...
| Feb 23, 2012
| 8:26 PM
Cook County Commissioner William Beavers, an old-school ward boss who often bragged about his political dominance with a barnyard reference to his virility, was indicted Thursday on charges he pocketed campaign funds and a county stipend without paying...
| 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 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...
| Oct 25, 2011
| 10:41 AM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle asked commissioners today to "do more with less" by passing her budget recommendation for next year.
"This budget rests on a framework of long term financial management and strategic structural changes...
| Oct 26, 2011
| 2:53 PM
With real estate prices low, the Cook County Forest Preserve District is planning to snap up land on the cheap next year to add to its nearly 69,000 acres of property.
Officials have set aside more than $10 million to purchase property under a new budget...
| Nov 9, 2011
| 3:50 PM
Two aldermen looking for last-minute ways to head off painful budget cuts proposed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel floated the idea Wednesday of extending the city’s cigarette tax to other tobacco products.
Ald. Matthew O’Shea, 19th, and Leslie...
| Nov 14, 2011
| 3:46 PM
More than a dozen fee and tax hikes sought by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle sailed through a first test Monday, setting up final approval of her proposed budget at week’s end.
Even Preckwinkle’s request to increase wholesale...