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Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 5:16 PM
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By Marcus Riley

Todd Stroger Reportedly Interested in Beavers' Seat

Todd Stroger Reportedly Interested in Beavers' Seat

Former Cook County Board president wants to get back into the political game. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 5, 2013 at 6:34 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Lost or Stolen Gun? Report It or Pay

Lost or Stolen Gun? Report It or Pay

Cook County commissioners are making it more expensive for suburban gun owners who don't report when their guns are stolen, destroyed, lost or sold. Read »

Friday, Nov 9, 2012 at 9:55 PM
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By Lauren Petty, Charlie Wojciechowski & Lisa Balde

County Board Approves Cig, Gun Taxes

New taxes could generate as much as $40 million in the face of a $240 million budget deficit. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 27, 2012 at 10:27 PM
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By Lindsay Smith

County Faces $268M Budget Shortfall

County Faces $268M Budget Shortfall

Rollback of former President Todd Stroger’s sales tax increase, decline in court filings, gas and diesel taxes to blame. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 5, 2012 at 7:41 PM
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By BJ Lutz

McCarthy, CPD Honored for NATO Work

McCarthy, CPD Honored for NATO Work

Cook County commissions compared police Supt. Garry McCarthy to John Wayne and George Washington for the image of him standing by his troops during clashes with protesters. Read »

Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 10:57 PM
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By Jeff Goldblatt

Stroger Defends Record, Bashes Critics

The Stroger name once carried tremendous power in Cook County, but a year and a half after leaving office as Cook County Board President, Todd Stroger now finds himself out of the limelight and working multiple... Read »

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2012 at 7:17 PM
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By Phil Rogers

Commissioners Divided on Detainer Ordinance

Board members voted Wednesday to hold a hearing on proposed changes to the way the county deals with federal "detainers" on illegal immigrants held in the County Jail. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 4, 2012 at 8:48 PM
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By Phil Rogers

Call for Cooperation Between County, ICE Renewed

More than 100 criminal suspects have been released back into the community without notifications to immigration officials since Cook County Board voted last fall to defy federal orders. Read »

Friday, Nov 18, 2011 at 11:18 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Commissioners Approve $2.9B County Budget

Commissioners Approve $2.9B County Budget

Unlike the budget passed last March, President Toni Preckwinkle's first, the vote wasn't unanimous. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2011 at 8:21 PM
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By Robert Rodriguez

Preckwinkle to McCarthy: Ease Up on Pot Arrests

Preckwinkle to McCarthy: Ease Up on Pot Arrests

Cook County Board President says low-level drug arrests put financial burden on county taxpayers. 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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