| Apr 5, 2014
Thought the foreclosure crisis was over? In many states, it is. Not in Illinois.
During 2013, this state ranked No. 3 in foreclosures behind Florida and California, according to research firm RealtyTrac. The shame of it is that Illinois would be...
| Apr 4, 2014
Office of Attorney General Lisa Madigan
During its annual meeting this week in Chicago, Amnesty International is set to decide whether it should...
| Sep 19, 2013
Former Chicago Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano on Friday listed his three-bedroom, 3,828-square-foot penthouse condominium in River North for $2.95 million.
In late 2006 the Cubs signed him to an eight-year, $136 million deal, the richest in the club'...
| Nov 9, 2012
| 10:35 AM
The cost of buying cigarettes and guns in Cook County will rise next year after commissioners today voted 16-1 to approve County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's $2.95 billion budget.
In addition to the $1-per-pack increase on a pack of smokes and a...
| May 15, 2012
Two more weeks. That's how long your legislators are scheduled to be in Springfield for the remainder of their thus far do-little spring session.
As of this writing lawmakers have taken one important step to secure the future of perpetually insolvent and...
| Jun 5, 2012
| 3:47 PM
Cook County commissioners voted Tuesday to combine job training programs with the City of Chicago in a bid to cut costs.
A single not-for-profit organization would be created to administer all the job training in the county, rather than having separate...
| Jul 27, 2012
| 10:07 AM
There’s mixed news as Cook County prepares to borrow money: one bond-rating agency assigned a negative outlook to outstanding debt, largely because of growing unfunded pension liabilities, while another service gave the proposed bond issue a high...
| Nov 30, 2012
A land bank that would acquire, manage and repurpose vacant and abandoned properties in Cook County is one step closer to reality.
Two months after its formation, an advisory committee appointed by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is...
| Nov 14, 2012
| 12:59 PM
Cook County commissioners on Wednesday voted to end full-time pay and benefits for political appointees on a pair of panels, a change backed by County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.
Salaries, medical benefits and pension contributions for members of...
| Apr 9, 2012
| 4:35 PM
Cook County's pension fund will go broke in 26 years without changes that could include an increase in employee contributions and later retirement ages, according …...
| Mar 14, 2012
| 2:44 PM
A new agreement with the Chicago Park District announced Wednesday will extend Lollapalooza's stay in Grant Park through at least 2021, while requiring the promoters to pay millions in annual city and county amusement taxes and state liquor taxes for...
| Feb 3, 2012
| 6:22 AM
After years of a free ride courtesy of a clout-laden deal, Lollapalooza might have to start paying Cook County taxes.
Commissioners voted Wednesday to require organizers of events like the giant summer lakefront music festival to come to the County Board...