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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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  • Cop charged with swindling more than $50K from father's estate

    A veteran Chicago police officer is charged with swindling his elderly father’s estate out of more than $50,000 to cover gambling debts and other personal expenses, prosecutors said today. Joseph Simpson Jr., 37, was also accused of trying to...
  • Report: Collies help reduce beach water contamination

    Report: Collies help reduce beach water contamination
    A report on Illinois beaches released today by the Natural Resources Defense Council suggests that the use of border collies to harass gulls has helped reduce water contamination levels at area beaches. The annual NRDC assessment says the difference...
  • Man charged in killing of girlfriend's toddler son

    Man charged in killing of girlfriend's toddler son
    A 23-year-old Chicago man was charged with killing the 18-month-old son of his live-in girlfriend because he was angry, police said. Tinnell Smith, of the 4200 block of South Calumet Avenue in the Bronzeville neighborhood, was charged with first degree...
  • July 7: Author - Dr. David Ansell, County: Life, Death and Politics at Chicago's Public Hospital

    July 7: Author - Dr. David Ansell, County: Life, Death and Politics at Chicago's Public Hospital
    Dr. David Ansell To purchase a copy of the book: County: Life, Death and Politics at Chicago's Public Hospital The amazing tale of "County" is the story of one of America's oldest and most unusual urban hospitals. From it's inception as a "Poor House"...
  • Split verdict in 2007 shooting of Chicago detective

    A Cook County jury today acquitted a South Side man of attempted murder of a police officer but found him guilty of aggravated battery with a firearm in the shooting of a Chicago detective during a chase more than four years ago. The jury deliberated...
  • Officials trying to determine if body connected to fatal crash

    Officials are trying to determine if a body found floating this morning in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal was that of a man who fled from a nearby fatal crash over the weekend, officials said. The man is described as an African-American in his...
  • Man charged in Northwest Side crash that killed 2

    Man charged in Northwest Side crash that killed 2
    A Cook County judge set bail at $600,000 today for a Chicago man charged with reckless homicide, leaving the scene of an accident and possession of a stolen vehicle in a crash that killed two people last year. Renardo Wilson, 24, had originally only...
  • FBI names suspect in slaying on Valentine's Day

    Federal authorities have identified a reputed gang member as the gunman who killed an expecting father on Valentine's Day. In a criminal complaint unsealed today, an FBI agent identified Demonja D. Moore as the person who shot and killed Brandon Williams...
  • 3rd man sentenced in Schaumburg home invasion

    A third defendant was sentenced to 25 years in prison today in a Schaumburg home invasion in which a handgun was fired at a police officer. Lorenzo Vaughen, 33, of the 6600 block of South Justin Street in Chicago, pleaded guilty in Cook County’s...
  • High cost of 1-school districts

    High cost of 1-school districts
    Just 11 students make up the entire 7th grade in Lake County's Rondout School District 72, where the lone school has but 161 students. The cost to taxpayers: $23,449 per child, the highest of all elementary districts in Illinois, the most recent data...
  • Pre-prison high life

    Pre-prison high life
    Convicted of stealing millions from investors, a Winnetka man who declared himself so broke he was assigned a public lawyer is living on the 19th floor of a $2,600-a-month luxury resort and spa overlooking Florida's Gulf Coast. Steven Green, 52,...
  • Man hit, killed by CTA Blue Line train

    Service was disrupted on parts of the CTA Blue Line in and near downtown Saturday night after a man was fatally hit by a train, officials said. A southbound train came in contact with someone at the Chicago Avenue subway station about 8:30 p.m., said...