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Thursday, Mar 31, 2011 at 10:00 AM
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By Edward McClelland
Does Toni Preckwinkle Have Fun?
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Does Toni Preckwinkle Have Fun?

Toni Preckwinkle is a popular County Board president, but she tells the Reader it was more fun being an alderman. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 16, 2011 at 3:48 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Preckwinkle Hits 100 Days in Office

Cook County Board President releases "report card" Wednesday. Read »

Monday, Mar 7, 2011 at 12:24 PM
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By Kimberly Podgorski

Stroger Wants Unemployment Benefits: Report

Stroger Wants Unemployment Benefits: Report
NBCChicago.com

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is "protesting." Read »

Monday, Mar 7, 2011 at 12:24 PM
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By Rebecca Bodner

County Approves Sales Tax Repeal by 2013

Vote fulfills campaign promise by Board President Toni Preckwinkle. Read »

Monday, Dec 6, 2010 at 5:30 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Preckwinkle Lays Out Plan to Eliminate Sales Tax

In her inaugural address, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle promises an end to secrecy and a return to fiscal responsibility. Read »

Monday, Dec 6, 2010 at 5:33 PM
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By Sandra Torres, Charlie Wojciechowski

Preckwinkle Takes Office

Former Chicago alderman Toni Preckwinkle takes office as new Cook County Board President today. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 1, 2010 at 11:21 PM
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By Jeff Goldblatt

Political Amnesia Strikes Board at Stroger's Final Meeting

Political Amnesia Strikes Board at Stroger's Final Meeting
NBCChicago.com

Resolution praising president passes after years of criticism. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 16, 2010 at 5:56 PM
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By Jeff Goldblatt

Stroger: I Didn't Try to Protect Aides' Jobs

Stroger: I Didn't Try to Protect Aides' Jobs
NBCChicago.com

Cook County Board demands status update on transition. Stroger says Preckwinkle is playing politics. Read »

Thursday, Apr 1, 2010 at 8:15 AM
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By Andrew Greiner

Pol Position: In Which Mark Kirk Plays the Role of Party Flip-Flopper

Pol Position: In Which Mark Kirk Plays the Role of Party Flip-Flopper

Kirk makes national opinion pages, Stroger comes close to flubbing another hire and Art Turner isn't stoked about a possible appointment. Read »

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Bruce Rauner

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Michael Madigan

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

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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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Barack Obama

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