| 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...
| Oct 25, 2012
Kurt Summers Jr., chief of staff to Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle, will leave his post in early November to join Chicago-based investment firm Grosvenor Capital Management as senior vice president, Summers said in an interview this week.
| May 23, 2012
| 1:56 PM
West Side Democratic leaders today picked a onetime aide to former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger to run against indicted state Rep. Derrick Smith this fall.
The panel chose attorney Lance Tyson, who once worked for Stroger, over Chicago Police...
| 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.
| Jun 18, 2012
| 3:50 PM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s shakeup of the hospital board has led a member to leave.
Benn Greenspan, a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, submitted his resignation Friday, citing “...
| Jun 27, 2012
| 9:55 AM
Cook County is starting $267.5 million in the hole as officials start planning next year's budget, Board President Toni Preckwinkle said today.
The projected shortfall is partly due to the rollback of the final quarter-percentage-point of the sales tax...
| Jun 29, 2012
| 10:32 AM
Items owned by former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger and his late father, John, are going up for auction this weekend.
Pictures, autographs and other memorabilia from the Strogers' political career are on display at Bunte Auction Services in...
| Sep 26, 2012
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, a lifelong Democrat, served as chief of...
| Aug 2, 2012
| 7:47 PM
A onetime top aide to former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger was arrested Thursday on charges he pocketed nearly $35,000 in payoffs in return for steering county contracts to several acquaintances willing to make the kickbacks.
| Apr 24, 2012
| 9:06 PM
A South Side man says items from a public storage locker he bought at an auction last week once belonged to late Cook County Board President John Stroger.
Among the items in Chris Amer's find: what appear to be two Chicago Bulls championship rings.
| 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...