| Jan 5, 2014
When House Speaker Michael Madigan accidentally triggered a patronage scandal at the Metra commuter rail agency, it was the result of two extraordinary events.
First his request to boost the Metra salary of a longtime political worker was refused....
| Jul 30, 2013
| 5:21 PM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Tuesday named a new county ethics chief to replace the one she dumped during an investigation into Assessor Joseph Berrios, a political ally.
Ranjit Hakim, an attorney at Mayer Brown who has represented...
| Sep 18, 2013
| 3:19 PM
After two days of deliberations, a federal jury on Wednesday found Eugene Mullins, a friend and onetime aide to former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger, guilty of seven of eight counts at his corruption trial.
Mullins was acquitted of one...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 6:00 AM
A high-ranking Cook County official from a prominent Democratic family retired late last year after the county's chief internal watchdog recommended he be fired for coercing government workers into donating to the campaign of then-County Board President...
| Sep 9, 2013
| 4:34 PM
Eugene Mullins was a veteran Chicago police officer from a working-class family who'd grown up "sticking up for the little guy" when in 2006 his career took a dramatic turn.
His childhood friend Todd Stroger had just been elected Cook County Board...
| Nov 9, 2012
| 10:35 AM
The cost of buying cigarettes and guns in Cook County will rise next year after commissioners today voted 16-1 to approve County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's $2.95 billion budget.
In addition to the $1-per-pack increase on a pack of smokes and a...
| Jun 26, 2009
| 9:28 AM
(WGN-AM)- Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown today announced her candidacy for Cook County Board president, joining a growing Democratic field that already includes incumbent Todd Stroger and Ald. Toni Preckwinkle (4th).
In her announcement, Brown said...
| Jul 2, 2009
| 10:32 AM
(WGN-AM)- In a symbolic move, the Cook County Board today unanimously approved a resolution calling for the regional school superintendent's office to be abolished.
The action comes a day after state's attorney investigators raided the home and office of...
| Jul 9, 2009
| 12:25 PM
(WGN-AM)- Cook County Assessor James Houlihan said Tuesday he won't run for County Board president, a decision that trimmed down a large field of potential and announced candidates for the office now held by Todd Stroger.
Houlihan, 66, who was...
| Jul 24, 2009
| 11:31 AM
(WGN-AM)- A crowded Democratic field for Cook County Board president got another entry today when the president of the agency that oversees wastewater treatment for the county kicked off his campaign.
Terrence J. O'Brien, Metropolitan Water Reclamation...
| Aug 4, 2009
| 5:29 AM
(WGN-AM)- Illinois' wild, seemingly non-stop political season opens a new chapter Tuesday as hundreds of candidates for federal, state and county offices in next year's elections begin gathering voter signatures to appear on the Feb. 2 primary ballot.
| Jun 9, 2010
Arlington Heights Mayor Arlene Mulder paused for a long moment before finishing her suggestion about what Cook County can do with its recently announced plan to use red-light cameras to ticket suburban drivers.
"Cook County can just take their cameras,"...