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Cook County

Cook County
Cook County is the biggest county in the state of Illinois and includes Chicago and many of the surrounding suburbs in the northeast corner of the state. According to the U.S. Census, the county covered about 945 square miles and its population was 5,288,655 in 2006. The county was named after Daniel Pope Cook, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives in the early 1800s. Toni Preckwinkle is the Cook County Board President.
Cook County is the biggest county in the state of Illinois and includes Chicago and many of the surrounding suburbs in the northeast corner of the state. According to the U.S. Census, the county covered about 945 square miles and its population was 5,288,655 in 2006. The county was named after Daniel Pope Cook, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives in the early 1800s. Toni Preckwinkle is the Cook County Board President. « Show less

Top Cook County Articles

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  • Illinois may deny tourists free admission to Chicago museums

     
    Illinois bill would exclude tourists from free Chicago museum admission...
  • City’s ticket-selling industry sparks court battle

     
    Thanks to websites like StubHub and eBay, it's easy to get sporting event tickets for a lot cheaper than their face value – and without paying the 12 percent Chicago amusement tax. In turn, the city is hurting from losing millions of dollars in...
  • Activists tell Boystown why marriage equality is still a fight

     
    While protesting equal marriage rights, activist Andrea Craine said she heard someone say, “They have civil unions, what are they still mad about?” She and other activists tell Boystown why they’re still angry at a repeal-DOMA rally....
  • Priest at Midway chapel accused of sex abuse

    Priest at Midway chapel accused of sex abuse
    A 77-year-old priest assigned to the chapel at Midway Airport was charged Saturday with sexual abuse after he allegedly tried to grab the crotch of a man who had attended services before boarding a flight to Kansas. Father Bede R. Jagoe allegedly spoke...
  • Jury finds man guilty of murder in officer's slaying

    Jury finds man guilty of murder in officer's slaying
    A Cook County jury tonight convicted a reputed gang member charged in the 2009 murder of a Chicago police officer. After deliberating for nearly 2 1/2 hours, the jury found Shawn Gaston, 22, guilty of first-degree murder and attempted murder in the fatal...
  • Burke's perk: 25 years later, it's time to revisit powerful alderman's security deal

     
    The deal between Ald. Ed Burke, 14th, and city officials signed nearly a quarter of a century ago is curiously open-ended. The "Chicago Police Department, its officers and agents, shall, during such time as plaintiff Edward M. Burke continues to......
  • Flaky work rules bury common sense

     
    To fight the massive drifts left behind in early February by the Great Chicago Blizzard of 2011, superintendents in at least five city wards drove four-wheel drive pickups equipped with plows to help clear sidewalk ramps and the areas around......
  • Police dispatcher dies when hit by driver fleeing cops

     
    The city flag at Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications was lowered to half-staff on Sunday....
  • Public-union chief on the challenges ahead for labor

     
    A lightly edited transcript of my conversation Monday afternoon with Henry Bayer, executive director of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). Council 31: ZORN: Public-sector union employees seem to be in the cross-...
  • Polish, Italian knickers in a twist over proposed elimination of school holidays for Pulaski, Columbus

     
    The Sun-Times reports that Polish and Italian civic leaders intend to fight the proposal to eliminate school holidays on Columbus Day and Pulaski Day. I'll look at Columbus Day in another post (if you just can't wait, here is site......
  • Eavesdropping roundup [UPDATED!]

     
    By Megan Crepeau Let's talk eavesdropping. Well, not eavesdropping exactly - the Illinois Eavesdropping Act, which bans any recording of public conversations or public officials. A Cook County judge is expected to rule on its constitutionality today, so...