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Cook County

Cook County
Cook County is the biggest county in the state of Illinois and includes Chicago and many of the surrounding suburbs in the northeast corner of the state. According to the U.S. Census, the county covered about 945 square miles and its population was 5,288,655 in 2006. The county was named after Daniel Pope Cook, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives in the early 1800s. Toni Preckwinkle is the Cook County Board President.
Cook County is the biggest county in the state of Illinois and includes Chicago and many of the surrounding suburbs in the northeast corner of the state. According to the U.S. Census, the county covered about 945 square miles and its population was 5,288,655 in 2006. The county was named after Daniel Pope Cook, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives in the early 1800s. Toni Preckwinkle is the Cook County Board President. « Show less

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  • Vegging out: Get kids and teens to eat more plants

    Vegging out: Get kids and teens to eat more plants
    Each week a nutritionist from the University of Maryland Medical Center provides a post on nutrition topics for The Baltimore Sun's Picture of Health blog (baltimoresun.com/pictureofhealth). This week, Faith Hicks weighs in on encouraging kids to eat...
  • Life expectancy low, but growing in city

    Women in large swaths of America are dying younger than they were a generation ago, reversing nearly a century of progress in public health and underscoring the rising toll of smoking and record obesity. Nationwide, life expectancy for American men and...
  • Concert news: Dierks Bentley, Kelly Clarkson, Wye Oak, Zac Brown Band, High Zero concert

    Concert news: Dierks Bentley, Kelly Clarkson, Wye Oak, Zac Brown Band, High Zero concert
    For some people, the concert news of the day has already run, and no one's gonna top it. They'll read these names below and say, Are any of these guys VAN HALEN??? Do they wear shiny leather pants and vaguely Middle Eastern scarves and a pinstripe vest...
  • City schools with federal turnaround grants have mixed results

    City schools with federal turnaround grants have mixed results
    Once students hurled computers out the windows at Calverton Middle School, but today they are learning on state-of-the-art technology that has flooded into the West Baltimore school. Once teachers couldn't wait to transfer out of a place where students...
  • Owe taxes but your bank account is empty?

    Owe taxes but your bank account is empty?
    So the tax deadline is here and you don't have the money to pay the bill. It's time to act, not panic. You might have more options than you know — courtesy of the Internal Revenue Service. The agency has been easing up on financially strapped...
  • Restaurant review: You can feel the love at Nora's Kabob

    Restaurant review: You can feel the love at Nora's Kabob
    There's a lot of love at Nora's Kabob. Brothers Sevi and Raymond Sinanian, who opened the Ellicott City restaurant last month, are quick to profess their affection for the flavors of their youth, including the almighty pomegranate, and for their mother,...
  • Mt. Washington Tavern expects to re-open by mid-fall; cause of fire is 'not fully ascertainable'

    Mt. Washington Tavern expects to re-open by mid-fall; cause of fire is 'not fully ascertainable'
    Mt. Washington Tavern, which was gutted by a two-alarm fire late last year, expects to re-open mid-fall, co-owner Rob Frisch said this week. Meanwhile, the Baltimore City Fire Department has listed the cause of the fire as "not fully ascertainable."...
  • Wine Find: 2010 Wrongo Dongo Monastrell

    Wine Find: 2010 Wrongo Dongo Monastrell
    From: Jumilla, Spain Price: $12 Serve with: Grilled meats, pasta You can't go wrong with this full-bodied wine from Bodegas Juan Gill if you're looking for a hearty, flavorful red wine at a good price. It's a rustic Spanish wine with notes of...
  • Shoes? Furs? Gift cards? Sheila Dixon ready to be roasted

    Shoes? Furs? Gift cards? Sheila Dixon ready to be roasted
    The purloined gift cards. The fur coats. The bicycling tours of the city with staffers.  And, of course, the famous shoe incident. Former mayor Sheila Dixon's tenure in City Hall is ripe with material for comedians.  On Thursday, seven comics and local...
  • Day trips: Welcome Discovery, celebrate Earth Day

    Day trips: Welcome Discovery, celebrate Earth Day
    Washington Space Shuttle Discovery, National Air and Space Museum The space shuttle Discovery soared around the Washington Monument and the White House in a salute to the nation's capital Tuesday before landing for the last time near its new home at...
  • Maritime Industries, Southside Academy pay tribute to Negro leagues

    Maritime Industries, Southside Academy pay tribute to Negro leagues
    On a warm, sunny afternoon at the Maritime Industries Academy baseball field, posters honoring members of the Negro leagues hung on the outfield fence and dust swirled under the banner honoring Jackie Robinson at home plate. Members of the Maritime and...
  • Showalter supports Gregg after rough outing

    Showalter supports Gregg after rough outing
    A day after Orioles reliever Kevin Gregg's abysmal relief appearance in Sunday's 9-2 loss at Toronto — an outing in which the right-hander went through seven batters to get one out with two down in the sixth inning, allowing five runs to score &#...