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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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  • High DCFS caseloads raise red flags

    High DCFS caseloads raise red flags
    Fred Pennix recently drove into Chicago's crime-ridden Englewood neighborhood to check on two of the nearly 40 families under his watch as a state child-protection investigator. It was a holiday but, worried about the children's safety, he was going to...
  • Improper property tax break costs millions

    Improper property tax break costs millions
    One of the most popular ways to lower property tax bills is also one of the most misused — benefiting thousands of people ranging from mayors to landlords and snowbirds. The homestead exemption is supposed to lower taxes only for a taxpayer's...
  • How we did it

    To analyze attempted child abductions by strangers in Chicago and Cook County, the reporters linked computerized police records with court and U.S. Census data. Reporters also pored through thousands of pages of court and police files, and interviewed...
  • Oscar Hernandez

     Oscar Hernandez
    Eighteen-year-old Hampton University student Armand Browning was on spring break and with two friends, cruising out from Oak Park in the passenger seat of a Suzuki 4X4, when the three apparently crossed an unseen gang boundary on Chicago's West Side....
  • Suspect in student's slaying started new life in Syria

    Suspect in student's slaying started new life in Syria
    On the day Muaz Haffar was to appear in court, spectators packed the room. The muscle-bound son of a prosperous suburban physician, the 21-year-old was accused of smashing in the head of a university student with a U-shaped bike lock, even as horrified...
  • Top officials vow new action to catch violent fugitives

    Top officials vow new action to catch violent fugitives
    At a 90-minute closed door meeting Thursday, top federal, state and local law enforcement officials laid out their plans for improving the government's faltering efforts to apprehend violent fugitives who cross U.S. borders to evade justice in Illinois....
  • Fugitives enrich themselves from abroad

    Fugitives enrich themselves from abroad
    Former Chicago police Sgt. Eddie Hicks vanished eight years ago on the eve of his high-profile corruption trial. Federal authorities had charged him with running a crew of rogue cops who robbed drug dealers, pocketed the illicit cash and sold the...
  • Abdulrafiu Shokunbi

     Abdulrafiu Shokunbi
    In 1990, Nigerian native Abdulrafiu Shokunbi shot and killed a bystander during a street confrontation with the brother of a woman he'd approached, according to police. Shokunbi was arrested but released on $3,000 cash bond, and fled across the border. In...
  • The magic of Mexico thrives in Mazatlan

    The magic of Mexico thrives in Mazatlan
    MAZATLAN, Mexico — Mexico might seem a strange place to lose your heart. But when you're young enough, that first encounter with our southern neighbor's warmth and charm — the smell of roasting corn drifting from the sidewalk vendor's grill,...
  • Sure bets in Sin City: Vegas restaurants

    Sure bets in Sin City: Vegas restaurants
    LAS VEGAS — Deciding where to dine in Las Vegas is a little like determining where to gamble. Or shop, for that matter. The choices are seemingly limitless. Ten years ago, when an influx of culinary talent first revved up tourists' appetites, the...
  • Best baseball road trip: Louisville to Cooperstown

    Best baseball road trip: Louisville to Cooperstown
    America is full of baseball pilgrimages and road trips. Fenway Park in Boston turns 100 this year. Wrigleyville, the neighborhood around Wrigley Field in Chicago is the best baseball neighborhood in the country. California has five major league teams to...