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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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  • Emanuel: Daley's security detail to be re-evaluated by summer's end

    Emanuel: Daley's security detail to be re-evaluated by summer's end
    Former Mayor Richard Daley’s temporary security detail will be evaluated again this summer to see if he still needs Chicago police officers assigned to him for his safety, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Tuesday. The timetable on Daley’s detail...
  • Aldermen back Emanuel's pick for O'Hare concession contract

    The protracted, clout-heavy fight over a multi-million dollar contract to run the restaurants and stores in O’Hare airport’s international terminal moved a step closer to being resolved today. The City Council Aviation Committee endorsed...
  • City dedicates library to former Mayor Daley

    City dedicates library to former Mayor Daley
    Chicago officials on Thursday continued the time-honored tradition of imprinting the city’s public buildings with the names of former leaders, dedicating the Richard M. Daley public library in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood. It could be the...
  • Unions say Emanuel should cut patronage, improve efficiency to save money

    Unions say Emanuel should cut patronage, improve efficiency to save money
    City Hall labor unions today released a report that says Mayor Rahm Emanuel could save more than $242 million if he cut middle management, reduced the number of private contractors and improved efficiency in government. The recommendations are a response...
  • DCFS director: High caseload problem 'out of hand'

    DCFS director: High caseload problem 'out of hand'
    The caseloads of state child-welfare investigators have "gotten out of hand," climbing so high in many cases that they no longer comply with federal requirements, an official said Wednesday. Richard Calica, the director of the Illinois Department of...
  • Some cabbies pile up tickets — but stay on road

    Some cabbies pile up tickets — but stay on road
    By the time Maxwell Gabriel allegedly crashed his taxi into a pedestrian, he had been stopped 22 times by police in the last 3 1/2 years. According to the citations, Gabriel had sped at twice the posted limit, blown through stop signs and caused three...
  • In Cook County, campus sex-assault suspects rarely prosecuted

    In Cook County, campus sex-assault suspects rarely prosecuted
    Chicago State University police Chief Ronnie Watson was convinced he had a rape case on his hands in the early morning hours of Feb. 20, 2010. An 18-year-old freshman reported being attacked by a fellow student after going to his dorm room to listen to...
  • Many find their way into state's higher education pension system

    For a few days' work proctoring exams in 1999 at a Downstate community college, Raymond Roskos Jr. earned $364. He'll be paid much more later. That brief service in the state higher education system is all it took to qualify Roskos to eventually draw a...
  • New details surface in the 2008 slayings of Jennifer Hudson's relatives

    New details surface in the 2008 slayings of Jennifer Hudson's relatives
    Jennifer Hudson's career was soaring in the fall of 2008, but the Oscar-winning actress and singer still found time to check in with her mother back in Chicago every day between 9 and 11 a.m. So when Hudson hadn't heard from her mom by late in the...
  • Chicago's 'hall of shame'

    Chicago's 'hall of shame'
    The indictment Thursday of William Beavers adds a new name to a long list: Chicago politicians charged with crimes. Beavers, a Cook County commissioner, is accused of tax evasion and other offenses from January 2006 to about April 2011. For part of that...
  • EPA: Cost to clean up river wouldn't break the bank

    EPA: Cost to clean up river wouldn't break the bank
    Scouring disease-causing bacteria from the Chicago River and keeping raw sewage out of its channels could cost an average Cook County homeowner less than $7 a month, federal officials concluded as part of their order to make the urban waterway safer for...