| Mar 12, 2014
| 4:32 PM
This Sunday print column item is adapted from a post earlier this week and riffs off this news story Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle was tantalizingly un-Shermanesque in her response last week to reporters who pressed her on whether......
| Nov 21, 2013
| 5:01 AM
Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday put his signature on a historic measure making Illinois the 16th state to allow same-sex marriage, capping a 40-year push for gay rights that picked up major momentum during the past decade.
Playing master of ceremonies...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 5:34 PM
A second former CTA executive with decades of transit experience will soon be overseeing policy at Metra.
Cook County commissioners representing the north and west suburbs unanimously appointed retired CTA safety and security official John Plante on...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 9:32 PM
HalD reports: Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle spoke out Wednesday against mandatory minimum sentences for gun crimes — a key legislative initiative of Mayor Rahm Emanuel in his effort to tamp down a stubbornly high level of city...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 9:32 PM
This is a picture worth a thousand curse words. It’s the image of the Cook County Circuit Court’s writ of habeas corpus in a case involving alleged armed robber Ladaris Butler, 21, and it reveals, at a glance, just how......
| Oct 8, 2013
| 5:59 PM
Days before her 2014 budget address, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's bid to balance this year's spending plan took a hit Tuesday when a judge ordered the county to stop collecting a tax on certain big-ticket items purchased outside the...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 5:25 PM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle plans to close a $152 million budget gap next year by getting more federal health care funding, cutting spending and hoping more tax money is collected. It's a good-news budget, without higher taxes, fines or...
| Aug 4, 2013
| 9:02 PM
Ruth Rothstein came to Chicago in 1950 as a union organizer but spent most of the rest of her life reviving area hospitals and working to improve the health system in Cook County.
Known for her tough, no-nonsense exterior and deep caring for the poor...
| Aug 10, 2013
| 3:50 PM
With the city's first day of school still a couple weeks away, the 84th annual Bud Billiken Parade rung in the new school year Saturday with the traditional stream of politicians, marching bands, tumblers, dancers and the occasional cartoon character....
| Aug 14, 2013
Former Bellwood administrator Roy McCampbell once compared red-light cameras to a lottery or casino — a "guaranteed amount of money."
But as the cameras reduce the number of drivers who roll through red lights, the number of $100 fines is also...
| Oct 15, 2013
| 4:42 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel vowed Tuesday to use his political capital to get state lawmakers to pass tougher illegal firearm possession laws, but his plan faces a lukewarm reception from a General Assembly already facing a tableau of issues and weary of...
| Jan 4, 2014
| 4:32 PM
Sunday's print column Readers and I are dancing together on that fine line between educated guesses and gut feelings, offering up hunches in bunches about the year ahead in Change of Subject's annual predict-the-news survey. Who will win and who......