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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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  • Daley's security detail cut in half

    Daley's security detail cut in half
    Former Mayor Richard Daley's security detail has been reduced to three police officers, two of whom will be on call to transport former first lady Maggie Daley to and from doctor appointments and the hospital, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said today. Chicago's...
  • Senate president open to cutting gambling positions in casino bill

    Senate president open to cutting gambling positions in casino bill
    Illinois Senate President John Cullerton today said he’s open to reducing the number of gaming positions in the gambling expansion lawmakers passed this spring in the hopes it would address Gov. Pat Quinn’s concerns that the bill is “top...
  • Quinn says he'll detail gambling objections this month

    Quinn says he'll detail gambling objections this month
    Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday made his first public appearance since returning from China and said he plans to detail proposed changes to a major gambling expansion later this month. The governor remained tight-lipped about what exactly he wants from...
  • Candidate filing for 2012 primary begins

    Candidate filing for 2012 primary begins
    Hundreds of candidates for the state legislature, countywide offices and Chicago ward committeeman began filing today for the March 20 primary. In Springfield, the line stretched from the door of the State Board of Elections for more than a block, a...
  • Illinois congressional candidates seek spots on ballot

    Illinois congressional candidates seek spots on ballot
    Dozens of contenders for Illinois' 18 newly drawn congressional districts filed candidacy paperwork on opening day Friday, setting the stage for potentially contentious contests in the March 20 primary. The first-day filers included 12-year Republican...
  • Quinn, Preckwinkle team up on foreclosure program

    Quinn, Preckwinkle team up on foreclosure program
    The state of Illinois is teaming with Cook County on a trial program in which a loan fund will be created to buy vacant foreclosed homes, renovate them and resell them to home buyers at low interest rates. Six suburbs will take part: Berwyn, Chicago...
  • House opens hearings into Chicago lawmaker's bribery charge

    House opens hearings into Chicago lawmaker's bribery charge
    SPRINGFIELD--The Illinois House opened a special investigation today into a Chicago Democrat charged in federal court with taking a cash bribe.   But Rep. Derrick Smith, a West Side Democrat, didn't show up.   Smith faces the first House probe since then-...
  • Theis wins Democratic nomination for full Supreme Court term

    Theis wins Democratic nomination for full Supreme Court term
    Propelled by support from top Democrats including Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Illinois Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis easily won the party’s nomination for a 10-year term on the high court Tuesday, topping her two closest challengers by...
  • Dorothy Brown on way to fourth term as Cook County court clerk

    Dorothy Brown on way to fourth term as Cook County court clerk
    Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown has opened up a big lead tonight against Chicago Ald. Ricardo Munoz in the Democratic primary. Brown had 66 percent of the vote while Munoz had 34 percent, with 72 percent of the precincts counted....
  • State staff recommends 'no' on latest Oak Forest Hospital plan

    State staff recommends 'no' on latest Oak Forest Hospital plan
    Cook County’s bid to transform Oak Forest Hospital into a regional outpatient clinic should be denied, according to a staff report issued today to the state’s hospital planning board.   It’s the second time the hospital board staff has...
  • City building commission overstated money to minority firms by 40 percent

    A city agency that oversees hundreds of millions of dollars of construction projects “grossly overstated” the amount paid out to certified minority contractors in 2009, according to a report issued today by the city’s top internal...
  • City Council moves to get large truck inspectors back on streets

    A legal issue left  the city with no inspectors checking the size and weight of large trucks for nearly a month, so aldermen took steps today to fix an ordinance that has brought in more than $1 million per year. The move came in the wake of a June 10...