| 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...
| 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...
| 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.
| 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...
| 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...