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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

Top Cook County Articles

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  • Another Chicago Magazine hits 50

    Another Chicago Magazine hits 50
    Another Chicago Magazine is celebrating its 50th edition with "Another Chicago Issue," a volume of work from local writers. This issue, which is available on Another Chicago Magazine's Web site, anotherchicagomagazine.net, and will be available in...
  • Long on decline, whooping cough makes a comeback

    Long on decline, whooping cough makes a comeback
    Hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S. -- many of them children -- were coming down with whooping cough each year when vaccines against "this menace," as one newspaper called it, were introduced in the 1930s and 1940s. "Childhood Cough Is Given...
  • Late flu season hits Illinois

    Late flu season hits Illinois
    The breezes are balmy, green shoots are poking up through the dirt, people are wearing shorts. What could possibly put a damper on the bliss of spring? The flu. Off to its latest start in 29 years, influenza season has arrived in the U.S., including...
  • Specialty dental care remains out of reach for many poor Illinois children

    Specialty dental care remains out of reach for many poor Illinois children
    A smile revealing rows of healthy white teeth spreads across 8-year-old Maria McCarthy's face. Confident and poised, the Skokie girl smiles easily. But five years ago, when she arrived as a foster child at the home of Michael and Ana McCarthy, her baby...
  • Father calls for state's attorney to prosecute officer who shot his son

    Father calls for state's attorney to prosecute officer who shot his son
    The father of an unarmed man shot and killed by a Chicago police officer over the summer called Wednesday for Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez to bring criminal charges against the officer. Speaking with a microphone at Daley Plaza while...
  • Durbin: Fix breakdowns that let fugitives escape justice

    Durbin: Fix breakdowns that let fugitives escape justice
    Citing an ongoing Tribune investigation, Illinois Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin on Monday urged U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to fix breakdowns in America's criminal justice system that allow growing numbers of criminal suspects to flee the country...
  • Emanuel denies public records requests

    Emanuel denies public records requests
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel has made it easier for the public to see who pays City Hall lobbyists, how much every city worker earns and where crime waves have rippled through Chicago neighborhoods. It's Emanuel's way of keeping his promise to create "the most...
  • For diabetes patients, oases in the food desert

    For diabetes patients, oases in the food desert
    Rhonda Moore has her health back. Diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2009, Moore, 58, has reduced her blood glucose levels significantly through healthy eating and daily exercise. But a lack of supermarkets in her North Chicago neighborhood makes it...
  • Weight loss pioneer: 'Drop the fork!'

    Weight loss pioneer: 'Drop the fork!'
    Five minutes with Weight Watchers founder Jean Nidetch: Weight loss pioneer Jean Nidetch, who once weighed 214 pounds, founded the Weight Watchers organization in 1963 after following an eating regimen prescribed by the New York City Board of Health. Now...
  • Moms are building mini-empires online

    Moms are building mini-empires online
    I recently sat in awe in a room full of women — most of them moms — who are powerful influencers reaching giant audiences. They are doing that through a variety of social media platforms and creating small media empires — from their...
  • Friends' value only increases with age

    Friends' value only increases with age
    The gravitational pull of individual friendships can have an enormous cumulative effect on the quality of our lives. Friends can link us to broader social networks, and help enrich our lives. A friend can be the emotional oasis that makes all the...
  • Aren't politicians marvelous?

    Aren't politicians marvelous?
    Just when we thought nothing, positively nothing, could get us interested in the particulars of Rep. Paul Ryan's budgeting process, President Obama goes and picks a language fight. "(Mitt Romney) said that he's 'very supportive' of this new budget, and...