| 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...
| 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...
| 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.