| 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...
| 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....
| Apr 2, 2012
| 3:27 PM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Monday announced a new worker wellness program that’s all carrot and no stick, in contrast to a similar effort launched last year by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Free massages, cooking demonstrations and...
| Jan 9, 2012
| 9:42 AM
A troubled Cook County program put faulty camera equipment in police cars, wasting perhaps millions of federal dollars, the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general said in an audit released this morning.
Sen. Mark Kirk and U.S. Rep. Michael...
| Jan 12, 2012
| 10:41 AM
The nation's top immigration official has written a stern warning to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle about her policy that allowed Saul Chavez to skip bail and run out on felony charges.
"This ordinance undermines public safety in Cook...
| 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 14, 2012
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel tops Chicago Magazine's list of the 100 Most Powerful Chicagoans.
To see more details on each person selected, visit www.chicagomag.com.
1. Rahm Emanuel, Mayor, City of Chicago
2. Patrick Fitzgerald, U.S. attorney, Northern...
| 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...
| 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 2, 2012
| 1:31 PM
On January 18, Chicago didn’t have a single murder or shooting. That was so unusual -- first time it had happened in nearly a year -- that the Police Department put out a statement letting everyone know what a great day it was.
The rest of...
| 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 1, 2012
| 10:36 AM
Gov. Pat Quinn today called for more spending on education and abolishing the natural gas utility tax in his State of the State speech.
The noon address to the General Assembly, which is posted online, focuses mostly on job creation. (Tribune reporter...