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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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  • U.S. demands Chicago River cleanup

    U.S. demands Chicago River cleanup
    The Obama administration is ordering an ambitious cleanup of the Chicago River, a dramatic step toward improving an urban waterway treated for more than a century as little more than an industrialized sewage canal. In a letter obtained Wednesday by the...
  • State paid sex offenders as baby sitters

    State paid sex offenders as baby sitters
    Cornelius Osborne may not seem like baby-sitting material. He was convicted of raping two women. A succession of felonies, from robbery to failing to register as a sex offender, repeatedly sent him to prison, state records show. But over more than two...
  • Emergency action to restrict ex-area doctor who allegedly preyed on patients

    The Arizona Medical Board has taken emergency action to restrict the license of Allan Aven, a doctor who practiced in the Chicago area for decades, after a psychosexual assessment found he "is a danger to female patients and should not see them under...
  • Watchdog Update: Feds probe union pension deals

    Watchdog Update: Feds probe union pension deals
    Federal authorities have begun a criminal investigation into how nearly a dozen union officials became eligible for inflated city pensions, according to subpoenas obtained by the Tribune and WGN-TV through an open-records request. The Chicago municipal...
  • How we did it

    To analyze attempted child abductions by strangers in Chicago and Cook County, the reporters linked computerized police records with court and U.S. Census data. Reporters also pored through thousands of pages of court and police files, and interviewed...
  • Oscar Hernandez

     Oscar Hernandez
    Eighteen-year-old Hampton University student Armand Browning was on spring break and with two friends, cruising out from Oak Park in the passenger seat of a Suzuki 4X4, when the three apparently crossed an unseen gang boundary on Chicago's West Side....
  • Suspect in student's slaying started new life in Syria

    Suspect in student's slaying started new life in Syria
    On the day Muaz Haffar was to appear in court, spectators packed the room. The muscle-bound son of a prosperous suburban physician, the 21-year-old was accused of smashing in the head of a university student with a U-shaped bike lock, even as horrified...
  • Top officials vow new action to catch violent fugitives

    Top officials vow new action to catch violent fugitives
    At a 90-minute closed door meeting Thursday, top federal, state and local law enforcement officials laid out their plans for improving the government's faltering efforts to apprehend violent fugitives who cross U.S. borders to evade justice in Illinois....
  • Fugitives enrich themselves from abroad

    Fugitives enrich themselves from abroad
    Former Chicago police Sgt. Eddie Hicks vanished eight years ago on the eve of his high-profile corruption trial. Federal authorities had charged him with running a crew of rogue cops who robbed drug dealers, pocketed the illicit cash and sold the...
  • Abdulrafiu Shokunbi

     Abdulrafiu Shokunbi
    In 1990, Nigerian native Abdulrafiu Shokunbi shot and killed a bystander during a street confrontation with the brother of a woman he'd approached, according to police. Shokunbi was arrested but released on $3,000 cash bond, and fled across the border. In...
  • State high court overrules voters on judge picks

    State high court overrules voters on judge picks
    The Illinois Supreme Court has repeatedly granted new life to judges after they were rejected by Cook County voters, despite promising to end the questionable practice nearly 20 years ago. A Tribune review found that since 2000, the Supreme Court has...
  • Former Ald. Lyle appointed Cook County judge

    Former Ald. Lyle appointed Cook County judge
    The Illinois Supreme Court has appointed former Chicago Ald. Freddrenna Lyle as a Cook County Circuit Court judge to fill a vacancy. Lyle, the former 6th Ward alderman, will serve until next year’s elections determine a replacement for Judge...