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Wednesday, Apr 9, 2014 at 8:42 PM

Cook County Passes Puppy Mill Law

Cook County Passes Puppy Mill Law

Cook County commissioners passed an ordinance Wednesday restricting the retail sales of animals obtained from large-scale commercial breeders. Read »

Thursday, Jan 16, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Ex-Con Al Sanchez Kicked Off County Board Ballot

Ex-Con Al Sanchez Kicked Off County Board Ballot

Convicted former Chicago Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Alfred “Al” Sanchez will not be allowed to run for a spot on the Cook County Board. Read »

Thursday, Dec 5, 2013 at 11:35 AM
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By Associated Press

Preckwinkle Not Interested in Ex-Con Commissioners

Preckwinkle Not Interested in Ex-Con Commissioners

Al Sanchez was the head of Chicago's streets and sanitation department and Isaac Carothers is an ex-alderman. Both are running for the board, even though they were convicted in corruption cases. Felons can't run... Read »

Monday, Dec 2, 2013 at 5:35 PM
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By Carol Marin, Don Moseley

Two Ex-Cons Running for Cook County Board

Two Ex-Cons Running for Cook County Board

Two former city of Chicago officials who went to prison for misconduct are now vying for seats on the Cook County Board. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 19, 2013 at 6:58 AM
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By Phil Rogers

Attorneys Try to Keep Beavers Out of Jail

Attorneys Try to Keep Beavers Out of Jail

Attorneys for former County Commissioner William Beavers have filed a motion in federal court asking that he be permitted to stay out of jail on bond while his appeal is heard. Read »

Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 at 8:56 PM

Todd Stroger Plans County Board Run: Report

Todd Stroger Plans County Board Run: Report

Former Cook County president Todd Stroger tells the Chicago Sun-Times that he plans to return to politics and run for a seat on the board he used to lead Read »

Thursday, Sep 12, 2013 at 5:18 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

County to Ramp Up Efforts to Halt Illegal Cigarette Sales

County to Ramp Up Efforts to Halt Illegal Cigarette Sales

As cigarette taxes continue to climb, Cook County board President Toni Preckwinkle said the county is ramping up efforts to halt illegal cigarette sales. Read »

Monday, Apr 22, 2013 at 5:49 PM
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By Marcus Riley

Lawsuit Filed Over County's Immigration Detainee Policy

Brother of victim killed in crash by illegal immigrant suspect, sues Cook County. Read »

Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 8:55 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Replacement Named For Beavers' County Commission Seat

Source: committee was pressured to choose Stanley Moore. Read »

Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 9:08 PM
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By Amanda Bonafiglia

Committee to Appoint Beavers' Replacement

Committee to Appoint Beavers' Replacement

Cook County Chairman Joe Berrios said Friday he would appoint a committee to seat left open by just-convicted Cook County Commissioner William Beavers. Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

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

Scott Walker

Scott Walker

Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, made a name for himself by taking on the unions in Wisconsin, eliminating their collective bargaining power, and then surviving a recall election that sprang from that...

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner, a multi-millionaire venture capitalist from Winnetka and a Republican, took over the Illinois governor's mansion in 2015 and immediately asked the residents of the state to prepare for some pain.

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.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

He's nearing the end of his presidency and considering his next moves. Will Chicago have a play?

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