| 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...
| 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 7, 2011
| 4:30 PM
A politically connected Cook County Forest Preserve employee hired by Board President Toni Preckwinkle resigned Friday after being confronted about discrepancies in his resume, county officials said.
John O’Sullivan, the Worth Township Democratic...
| Oct 12, 2011
| 2:17 PM
Cook County Forest Preserve District workers soon will be getting e-mail addresses, performance reviews and clear descriptions of their jobs.
The reforms were outlined today by Board President Toni Preckwinkle and General Superintendent Arnold Randall,...
| Oct 14, 2011
| 11:22 AM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is asking county unions to agree to eight unpaid days off of work next year to help save 500 jobs.
Preckwinkle’s offer came in a letter sent out to union leaders this week as she looks to finalize her...
| 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....
| May 10, 2011
| 10:51 AM
Cook County's controversial plan to convert Oak Forest Hospital into an outpatient clinic failed to win state approval today by one vote.
Afterward, people opposed to the idea erupted in cheers and jeered the state hospital siting board members who voted...
| May 12, 2011
| 5:58 PM
Health care experts and some public officials are floating a radical idea as Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel prepares to take office: a full or partial merger of Chicago and Cook County's health departments.
Operating a single health department with broader...
| May 13, 2011
| 5:02 AM
Chicago is abuzz with talk about what our new mayor should do to boost the economy, deal with budget deficits, and improve services.
Any reporter with her ear to the ground is bound to come across the ideas that are being bounced around.
| May 26, 2011
| 3:23 PM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will be the featured guest at an economic forum in Barrington on June 6.
Preckwinkle was invited by the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce to speak at its annual forum, “Bagels, Politics & Biz,”...
| May 26, 2011
| 5:59 PM
Most Cook County government facilities will be closed Friday as the county takes its second of five “shutdown” days under its money-saving plan.
Services deemed essential -– such as hospital emergency rooms and bond court -–...
| Jun 1, 2011
| 2:39 AM
Cook County officials will begin scaling back services at Oak Forest Hospital today, but won’t shutter it in the face of opposition from unions and a state regulatory board.
The intensive care unit and acute rehabilitation department will be...