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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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  • Cops: 43 puppies abused, 2 Iowa men arrested

    Cops: 43 puppies abused, 2 Iowa men arrested
    The 43 puppies rescued from in a van parked in the Little Villageneighborhood Tuesday morning were packed three-to-six animals per carrier and bound for pet stores in Chicago and New York, an animal control official said Wednesday. The puppies, some as...
  • Local School Council members ask court to take action on proposed school closings

    Local School Council members ask court to take action on proposed school closings
    Local School Council members, helped by the Chicago Teachers Union, are asking a Cook County court to intervene before the Chicago Board of Education votes on 17 proposed school closures and "turnarounds" later this month. Members of nine local...
  • WGN/Tribune Poll: Quinn still unpopular in Illinois

    WGN/Tribune Poll: Quinn still unpopular in Illinois
    Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn finds his leadership under fire from Illinois voters unhappy with the state's economy, a new Tribune/WGN-TV poll shows. The survey found 54 percent disapprove of Quinn's job performance, compared with only 30 percent who...
  • Cops: Officer fatally shoots man who hit him after ramming garage door with van

    Cops: Officer fatally shoots man who hit him after ramming garage door with van
    A man who used a van as a battering ram to break into a garage, then knocked an off-duty police officer to the ground and kept driving was shot and fatally injured by the officer in the South Chicago neighborhood this morning, authorities said. The man...
  • DCFS under fire over beating death of 4-year-old

    DCFS under fire over beating death of 4-year-old
    Cook County Public Guardian Robert Harris is sharply criticizing the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services after a 4-year-old boy was beaten to death. "Untill a child dies, it doesn't seem to get much attention," Harris said....
  • Over 200 state laws to take effect Jan. 1

    Over 200 state laws to take effect Jan. 1
    On January 1, 2012, more than 200 new laws, covering everything from local library boards to murder, will go into effect. Chicago Tribune political reporter Rick Pearson says some that might impact you the most include: - Toll hike - Electronics...
  • Off-duty police officer shot, killed in West Side convenience store

    Off-duty police officer shot, killed in West Side convenience store
    An off-duty police officer was shot and killed Thursday night during a robbery at a West Side convenience store where he worked as a security guard, officials said. Two men walked into the M & M Quick Foods in the 1200 block of North Austin Boulevard...
  • Police shoot, kill man in Marquette Park

    Police shoot, kill man in Marquette Park
    Chicago police shot and killed a man in the Marquette Park neighborhood after chasing him down an alley and into a gangway about 12:10 a.m. Sunday, according to officials. Chicago Lawn District officers heard gunfire in the vicinity of 72nd Street and...
  • Man shot dead in South Shore

    Man shot dead in South Shore
    A gunman got out of a vehicle and opened fire, fatally striking a 34-year-old man Monday afternoon in the South Shore neighborhood, Chicago police said. The victim was identified this morning by the Cook County medical examiner's office as Willie...
  • 1 dead, 1 injured in Avondale stabbing

    1 dead, 1 injured in Avondale stabbing
    Two men were stabbed and one later died from his wounds in the Avondale neighborhood Saturday, police said. The two were approached by a group about 3:45 a.m. Saturday on the 4000 block of West Melrose Street -- about a block from the intersection of...
  • Federal immigration official warns Preckwinkle about policy

    The nation's top immigration official has written a stern warning to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle about her policy that allowed Saul Chavez to skip bail and run out on felony charges. "This ordinance undermines public safety in Cook...
  • Wharton ousted from nonprofit organization CEDA

    Wharton ousted from nonprofit organization CEDA
    Robert Wharton, the leader of one of the state’s largest nonprofits, was ousted from the organization, its board announced today. The move follows a Tribune report earlier this week that Wharton, chief executive officer of the Community and...