| 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...
| Jan 9, 2012
| 9:42 AM
A troubled Cook County program put faulty camera equipment in police cars, wasting perhaps millions of federal dollars, the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general said in an audit released this morning.
Sen. Mark Kirk and U.S. Rep. Michael...
| Dec 21, 2011
| 4:36 PM
For years, Cook County highway workers have been dumping roadway and sewer waste at a pair of work yards, creating large mounds that potentially could be contaminating the environment, according to a watchdog report released today.
The pollutants include...
| 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 1, 2012
| 6:52 AM
With Metra's biggest-ever fare hikes taking effect today, some riders may be wondering, "What about that old 10-ride ticket I have in my wallet?"
Answer: Ten-ride tickets purchased before Nov. 12, 2011, are good for one year from the date of sale stamped...
| 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...
| Feb 24, 2012
| 3:53 PM
A one-time steakhouse busboy who became a key player in a patronage scandal involving former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger was indicted today on charges he fraudulently collected state and federal housing assistance by hiding his $60,000-a-year...
| Jul 12, 2011
| 3:39 PM
At a time when more than 75,000 mortgage foreclosures are pending in Cook County, commissioners are asking for more scrutiny of a mediation program designed to help homeowners navigate the foreclosure process.
Circuit Court Chief Judge Timothy Evans&...
| Jul 28, 2011
| 4:18 PM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today ordered a 5 percent spending reduction for the rest of this year as she tries to get a hold of what she estimates will be a $315 million shortfall next year.
The short-term cut is a response to what...
| 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...