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Monday, Jun 30, 2014 at 3:08 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Cook County Clerk Dorothy Brown Allegedly Paid Husband $90K in Campaign Funds

Cook County Clerk Dorothy Brown Allegedly Paid Husband $90K in Campaign Funds

The Dorothy Brown drama continues with damning new allegations that the Cook County Circuit Court clerk reached into her campaign war chest to pay her husband a total of $90,000. Read »

Monday, May 12, 2014 at 11:15 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Dorothy Brown Under Investigation for Shady Land Deal

Dorothy Brown Under Investigation for Shady Land Deal

Nobody would trade places with Dorothy Brown this week. Or ever. A grand jury is investigating a seemingly shady land deal that put thousands into the pockets of Brown, the Cook County circuit court clerk,... Read »

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 12:50 PM
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By Associated Press

County Clerk Linked to Quinn's Anti-Violence Program

County Clerk Linked to Quinn's Anti-Violence Program

The organization, Dream Catchers Community Development Corp., was founded by Brown's husband, Benton Cook III, and a 2012 report turned over to the now-defunct commission overseeing such programs showed Brown's... Read »

Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 5:03 PM
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By Erin Carlson

How Quinn's Anti-Violence Program Spiraled Out of Control

How Quinn's Anti-Violence Program Spiraled Out of Control

Whoever said "all press is good press" does not work in the administration of Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn. A new criminal probe and federal inquiry into the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative (NRI) are the latest (and... Read »

Monday, Mar 10, 2014 at 12:46 PM
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By Associated Press

Clerk's Spouse Earned $146K From Troubled Program

Clerk's Spouse Earned $146K From Troubled Program

Tens of thousands of dollars earmarked for a Chicago anti-violence program launched by Gov. Pat Quinn in 2010 was paid to the husband of Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown, causing at least one top... Read »

Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 at 2:23 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Big Winners: Jackson, Duckworth, Kinzinger

Despite what's being considered Illinois' lowest voter turnout ever for a primary election, some big winners emerged from Tuesday's contest. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012 at 2:24 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Brown Beats Muñoz for Court Clerk

"Lies and insults don't work. Today, voters are smarter than that. Today, you the voter's lined-up on the right side, the Dorothy Brown side and I won't let you down." Read »

Friday, Mar 16, 2012 at 5:29 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Brown, Muñoz Play The Dozens

Brown, Muñoz Play The Dozens

The Circuit Court Clerk candidates spent most of a WTTW debate dogging each other about moral, ethical and political shortcomings. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012 at 9:33 AM
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By Alexandra Clark

Ricardo Muñoz

Ricardo Muñoz

Ricardo Muñoz is running in the Democratic primary race for Cook County Circuit Court Clerk. Read »

Monday, Mar 12, 2012 at 3:10 PM
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By Alexandra Clark

Dorothy A. Brown

Dorothy A. Brown

Dorothy A. Brown is running for re-election as the Democratic Party Candidate for Cook County Circuit Court Clerk. Read »

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