| Mar 14, 2013
| 4:54 AM
Parking in a Chicago garage or lot will be more costly for drivers who pay premium rates, but those who find deals would pay less under a measure Mayor Rahm Emanuel proposed Wednesday.
The idea is to switch city parking taxes from a complicated...
| Oct 30, 2012
| 2:43 PM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is making compromises on new taxes she’s proposed as she tries to lock up the votes needed to pass next year’s budget.
On Tuesday, Preckwinkle announced a tweak to her initial proposal to charge an...
| Nov 2, 2012
| 4:45 PM
Cook County commissioners on Friday endorsed a $41.7 million set of new and increased taxes that would hit the pocketbooks of smokers, some businesses, gun buyers, and the owners of gambling machines at casinos and bars.
In a series of votes, the Finance...
| Nov 6, 2012
| 2:21 PM
In the Kenwood neighborhood, President Barack Obama's neighbors went about their daily business today -- voting, running errands, and entertaining children who were off from school – as presidential security teams and an international news corps...
| Aug 22, 2012
| 5:22 AM
— Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Tuesday said former President Ronald Reagan deserves "a special place in hell" for his role in the war on drugs, but later she regretted what she called her "inflammatory" remark.
The comment from...
| Sep 7, 2012
— Toni Preckwinkle was a high school history teacher before she embarked on a new career, winning a seat on the Chicago City Council in 1991. During 19 years on the council, she sponsored living wage and affordable housing ordinances. In 2010, she...
| Jun 13, 2011
| 4:32 PM
Posted by Hal Dardick and Erika Slife at 12:21 p.m.; last updated at 1:58 p.m. The city and county could save up to $140 million a year by working together to deliver services and oversee programs, according to a new......
| Jul 11, 2012
| 8:30 PM
Under increasing pressure from top Democrats to disclose what's kept Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. off the job for more than a month, the congressman's office issued a statement Wednesday saying he is being treated for a "mood disorder" at an inpatient center....
| Jun 8, 2011
| 4:32 PM
Posted by Erika Slife at 1:12 p.m. The Cook County Health and Hospital System has filed a second application to turn Oak Forest Hospital into a regional health center --- this time with 24-hour service. "Obviously, this will further enhance......
| Oct 11, 2011
| 1:50 PM
"Aren't you old for a haunted house?" asked one of the androgynous seasonal residents of a nondescript warehouse deep in Morton Grove. His/her job, clearly, was to taunt Saturday night visitors to the Halloween attraction Fear City, so that insult goes...
| Dec 9, 2011
| 4:34 PM
For decades, Cook County's Juvenile Temporary Detention Center has been blasted as a depot for children who were locked up in violent, unsanitary, overcrowded conditions …...
| Apr 30, 2012
| 4:36 PM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle wants to accelerate efforts to do away with unincorporated areas over the next several years, saying today that the …...