| 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...
| Jul 30, 2011
| 4:24 PM
Despite a recent souring of U.S.-Pakistan relations, a new trade development promises to sweeten things up.
It’s the debut of Pakistani mangoes, the first shipment of which touched down at O’Hare on Thursday night. After a quick trip to...
| 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...
| Mar 17, 2012
| 5:05 PM
St. Patrick’s Day has a political tradition in Chicago, and the annual downtown parade is a hot spot for politicians seeking votes.
But Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a staunch backer of hometown President Barack Obama, declined to talk politics at the...
| Feb 29, 2012
| 2:05 PM
Instead of icy stares or worse, Cook County Commissioners William Beavers and John Daley had smiles and a handshake for each other Wednesday when they met face-to-face for the first time publicly since Beavers was indicted and promptly said prosecutors...
| Mar 20, 2012
| 6:11 PM
Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown has opened up a big lead tonight against Chicago Ald. Ricardo Munoz in the Democratic primary.
Brown had 66 percent of the vote while Munoz had 34 percent, with 72 percent of the precincts counted....
| Sep 6, 2011
| 9:45 AM
Starting today, Cook County homeowners are able to file online appeals of their property tax assessments.
Property owners previously had to file paperwork in person to appeal tax assessments. They can now access the free online filing system at www....
| Apr 30, 2012
| 10:01 AM
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 county can no longer afford to provide services for the 98,000 residents that live in those...
| 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...
| Sep 7, 2011
| 10:43 AM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is seeking greater control over how the county buys goods and services.
At a news conference today, Preckwinkle said the ordinance she's proposing will "streamline" government by speeding up the approval of...
| 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...
| Oct 20, 2011
| 2:21 PM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Thursday gave a sneak preview of her new budget, saying there will be about 1,000 layoffs and another smidgen of a controversial sales tax increase shaved off.
The county’s chief executive won’t...