| Feb 23, 2012
| 8:26 PM
Cook County Commissioner William Beavers, an old-school ward boss who often bragged about his political dominance with a barnyard reference to his virility, was indicted Thursday on charges he pocketed campaign funds and a county stipend without paying...
| Jun 29, 2012
Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday found himself happily eating a little crow after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the core of President Barack Obama's national health care plan.
When he served as the president's first chief of staff, Emanuel warned Obama...
| May 4, 2011
| 5:49 PM
Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday announced his cultural affairs team and said he plans to have Mayor Richard Daley's daughter help revive a long-dormant advisory panel.
Nora Daley Conroy will chair the Chicago Cultural Affairs Advisory Committee....
| Sep 29, 2011
| 2:36 PM
Businesses who owe taxes to Cook County can make good without penalties or interest through the end of October under a new program Board President Toni Preckwinkle unveiled Thursday.
The idea is to recoup $10.2 million in unpaid taxes at a time the...
| Jan 12, 2012
| 3:39 PM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Thursday refused to consider cooperating with federal requests to hold undocumented immigrants in county jail, calling instead for a task force to look at how to improve the way bail is set in all county...
| 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...
| Feb 24, 2012
| 4:00 AM
Two employees of the Cook County medical examiner's office have been fired in connection with a review of possible "misconduct or malfeasance" at the morgue, a spokeswoman for County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said Thursday.
After being suspended...
| Oct 5, 2011
| 5:56 PM
Cook County judges are giving more nonviolent defendants house arrest as an alternative to jail time under a collaborative push among the county’s law enforcement agencies.
The goal is to reduce the jail’s population and costs while...
| Feb 3, 2012
| 2:11 PM
The state of Illinois is teaming with Cook County on a trial program in which a loan fund will be created to buy vacant foreclosed homes, renovate them and resell them to home buyers at low interest rates.
Six suburbs will take part: Berwyn, Chicago...
| Feb 7, 2012
| 1:40 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Tuesday touted modest savings from working together on upcoming elections and collecting back taxes from businesses.
The pair said the latest round of efforts to streamline the two...
| 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...
| Feb 16, 2012
| 2:18 PM
Come April, Cook County property owners will be able to go to a single web site to find all of the government information related to their homes or businesses.
County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said the new site, set to go live April 1, will be...