| Jun 19, 2013
| 4:14 PM
Cook County commissioners voted Wednesday to lower the tax on certain big-ticket items bought outside the county, but the move won't end lawsuits challenging its legality.
The use tax targets companies based in Cook County that go elsewhere to save...
| Feb 11, 2013
President Barack Obama will visit Chicago on Friday, when he will discuss gun violence as he focuses on his economic message from Tuesday's State of the Union address, according to the White House.
Obama will "talk about the gun violence that has...
| Jan 17, 2013
| 9:29 AM
As promised, Mayor Rahm Emanuel today sent the City Council a proposal to increase the potential jail time for certain gun violations in Chicago.
The mayor, who supports President Barack Obama's gun control efforts in Washington, has said he doesn't want...
| 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...
| Oct 18, 2012
| 6:58 AM
The tax on pack of smokes would rise by a buck in Cook County next year, which would leave Chicago with the second-highest per-pack tax in the nation, under County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's new budget proposal.
Preckwinkle, who is presenting her...
| Feb 15, 2013
| 11:47 AM
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s super political action committee on Friday endorsed former state Rep. Robin Kelly of Matteson in the special Democratic primary that is likely to decide the successor to former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr....
| Jan 29, 2013
| 1:33 PM
The first TV ad in the special primary election to replace ex-U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. comes from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s super political action committee and targets Democrat Debbie Halvorson’s support of gun owner rights.
| Feb 18, 2013
| 4:23 AM
State Sen. Toi Hutchinson dropped out of the 2nd District special Democratic primary Sunday and endorsed ex-state Rep. Robin Kelly in the contest to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. in Congress.
The move, announced in a morning news release, shakes up the...
| Jan 8, 2013
| 2:46 PM
SPRINGFIELD --- Former state Rep. Robin Kelly of Matteson will get the first spot on the ballot in special Democratic primary for the seat once held by former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.
The Illinois State Board of Elections conducted lotteries today for the...
| Jan 3, 2013
| 4:34 AM
— If anyone thought gay marriage legislation would pass easily in Illinois, the initial hiccup Wednesday in the state Senate illustrated how hard-fought the issue is likely to be every step of the way.
A bill to allow same-sex marriage did not...
| Feb 9, 2013
| 9:33 PM
Slain teen Hadiya Pendleton was remembered today as a laughing youth who brought love and happiness to all her family and friends.
Despite the heavy security because of the attendance of first lady Michelle Obama and other dignitaries, Hadiya's funeral...
| Apr 12, 2013
| 4:32 PM
In the posts below you will another collection of dispatches from Somebody Nobody Asked™, America's pre-eminent unsolicited advice columnist Dear Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans: Brace yourself. That’s all I can say, since you ignored...