| Sep 27, 2011
| 4:34 PM
Roughly one in five senior homeowners in Cook County are in danger of missing out on property tax breaks they’re entitled to as bills are …...
| Oct 27, 2010
| 4:32 PM
Posted by Hal Dardick at 6:04 p.m. Cook County assessor candidate Forrest Claypool on Wednesday accused Democratic opponent Joe Berrios of engineering a record number of property tax breaks this year for clients of tax appeal lawyers who donated heavily.....
| Jan 24, 2010
Not long after developer Anthony Rossi got City Hall approval for a much-needed zoning change in downtown Chicago, he received a surprising phone call from the speaker of the Illinois House.
Michael J. Madigan wasn't calling to talk about state issues....
| Apr 19, 2011
| 7:36 PM
Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel may have picked an outsider to run Chicago Public Schools, but he stuck with City Hall insiders to ensure the city's trains and buses run on time.
New CTA President Forrest Claypool, who has known Emanuel for decades, will...
| May 9, 2011
| 4:52 PM
Mayor Richard Daley's final City Hall open house Monday took on a different tone than others he's hosted over the years, as hundreds of guests came mostly to thank him for decades of service rather than to seek the favor of Chicago's powerful chief...
| Feb 17, 2011
| 5:34 PM
Like the old MCI phone plan, Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios is using his power to create a "friends and family plan."
While laying off 53 employees, Berrios is keeping his sister, his son and daughter on the payroll. And, he's adding two more, a...
| Aug 3, 2011
| 7:37 PM
If you've fought to lower your property taxes, but failed, you're going to want to see our WGN investigation. We found that if you've got the right family connection, you have a spectacular chance to lower your property tax.
You may not know his name,...
| Oct 6, 2011
| 3:49 PM
Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez won the expected endorsement of Democratic slatemakers Thursday despite complaints from some African-American ward leaders about what they said was her failure to reach out to the black community.
| Oct 19, 2011
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...
| Jun 15, 2011
| 1:25 PM
Cook County will start using benchmarks such as wait times at hospitals and employee sick time as part of a plan to set performance standards.
Quarterly reports will be released to show whether goals are met, officials said today.
“This is the...
| Jul 20, 2011
| 12:40 PM
A joint investigation by WGN-TV, Chicago Magazine and the Better Government Association raises ethical questions about the head of the Cook County Ethics Board.
Once a month, tucked away on the 30th floor of the County building, a group of men and...