| Jul 28, 2011
| 4:18 PM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today ordered a 5 percent spending reduction for the rest of this year as she tries to get a hold of what she estimates will be a $315 million shortfall next year.
The short-term cut is a response to what...
| Jul 12, 2011
| 3:39 PM
At a time when more than 75,000 mortgage foreclosures are pending in Cook County, commissioners are asking for more scrutiny of a mediation program designed to help homeowners navigate the foreclosure process.
Circuit Court Chief Judge Timothy Evans&...
| Feb 23, 2012
| 8:26 PM
Cook County Commissioner William Beavers, an old-school ward boss who often bragged about his political dominance with a barnyard reference to his virility, was indicted Thursday on charges he pocketed campaign funds and a county stipend without paying...
| Jan 6, 2011
| 4:32 PM
As one who was critical of the way former Gov. Rod Blagojevich constantly picked fights with legislators -- particularly legislators in his own party -- and framed issues with gratuitously defiant rhetoric, I suppose I should be hailing the serenely......
| Feb 26, 2011
| 5:48 AM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle won unanimous approval this morning of a budget plan that includes a deal with unions to have thousands of county workers take 10 unpaid days off during the rest of the year.
It was one of Preckwinkle's first...
| Dec 21, 2011
| 4:36 PM
For years, Cook County highway workers have been dumping roadway and sewer waste at a pair of work yards, creating large mounds that potentially could be contaminating the environment, according to a watchdog report released today.
The pollutants include...
| Jun 29, 2012
| 10:32 AM
Items owned by former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger and his late father, John, are going up for auction this weekend.
Pictures, autographs and other memorabilia from the Strogers' political career are on display at Bunte Auction Services in...
| Feb 1, 2012
| 6:52 AM
With Metra's biggest-ever fare hikes taking effect today, some riders may be wondering, "What about that old 10-ride ticket I have in my wallet?"
Answer: Ten-ride tickets purchased before Nov. 12, 2011, are good for one year from the date of sale stamped...
| 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...
| Feb 24, 2012
| 3:53 PM
A one-time steakhouse busboy who became a key player in a patronage scandal involving former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger was indicted today on charges he fraudulently collected state and federal housing assistance by hiding his $60,000-a-year...
| Sep 14, 2011
| 4:48 PM
The brother-in-law of former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger has resigned from his $195,906-a-year post as chief operating officer at the county's Department of Public Health.
Stephen Martin's resignation is effective Sept. 23, according to...
| Aug 2, 2012
| 7:47 PM
A onetime top aide to former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger was arrested Thursday on charges he pocketed nearly $35,000 in payoffs in return for steering county contracts to several acquaintances willing to make the kickbacks.