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Thursday, Oct 18, 2012 at 1:38 PM
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By Lisa Balde & Lauren Petty

Preckwinkle Budget Proposes Cigarette Tax Hike

Preckwinkle Budget Proposes Cigarette Tax Hike

Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle could target smokers, gamblers and gun owners in her proposed 2013 spending plan, to be unveiled Thursday. Reports of the ideas swirled the last few weeks, and... Read »

Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 at 4:00 PM
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By Lauren Petty
      

Cook County Considers "Violence Tax"

A potential new Cook County tax takes aim at guns, and gun rights activists aren't happy about it. County president Toni Preckwinkle wants to introduce a "violence tax" on guns and ammunition to help plug a $115... Read »

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Who We're Covering
Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

After spending much of the past year and a half out of the public eye Triple J is making a comeback!

Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich

Rascally alchemist transmutes disgrace into fame. Celeb Apprentice buffoon, jail time looms.

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

Accidental gov no longer.

Michael Madigan

Michael Madigan

Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

Ed Burke

Ed Burke

Ed Burke has played the stoic counterpart to Mayor Daley's outspoken boss hog since the Mayor took office.

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