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Monday, Aug 4, 2014 at 11:53 AM
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By Erin Carlson

9,000 Cook County Jail Inmates Enroll in Obamacare Amid Mental Health Crisis

9,000 Cook County Jail Inmates Enroll in Obamacare Amid Mental Health Crisis

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says nearly 9,000 inmates have signed up for Obamacare amid a rising mental health problem in county jail. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 17, 2013 at 1:21 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Arrest Record? Dart Vows to Object to Concealed Carry Permit

Arrest Record? Dart Vows to Object to Concealed Carry Permit

Fearing too many people who shouldn't have access to guns will be granted concealed carry permits when the law takes effect next month, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart vowed Tuesday to make a "blanket objection" to... Read »

Thursday, Dec 12, 2013 at 4:50 AM
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By Associated Press

Memorial Placed at Cook Co. Indigent Burial Site

Memorial Placed at Cook Co. Indigent Burial Site

A monument has been dedicated at an indigent burial site in suburban Chicago where thousands of unclaimed or unidentified bodies have been buried. Read »

Sunday, Jul 21, 2013 at 11:19 AM
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By Associated Press

Durbin Introducing Bill to Encourage Gun Tracing

Durbin Introducing Bill to Encourage Gun Tracing

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is introducing legislation to encourage law enforcement to report guns recovered from violent crimes to a national database so they may be traced. Read »

Monday, Apr 22, 2013 at 5:44 PM
Crash Victim's Brother Sues Cook County Sheriff's Department

Crash Victim's Brother Sues Cook County Sheriff's Department

Brian McCann joins with Judicial Watch organization seeking to overturn Cook County ordinance that doesn't require law enforcement to contact immigration officials when a suspected illegal illegal immigrants. Watch »

Tuesday, Jan 3, 2012 at 7:38 PM
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By Kim Vatis

County Cracks Down on Illegal Cig Sales

Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle and Sheriff Tom Dart say a collaborative effort to crack down on merchants has already reaped big rewards in a short time. Read »

Thursday, Oct 28, 2010 at 10:10 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Dart's Exit Changes Race: Rahm

Emanuel acknowledges shift, but demurs on specifics. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 27, 2010 at 5:16 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Dart Passes Up A Once-In-A-Lifetime Opportunity

Dart Passes Up A Once-In-A-Lifetime Opportunity

With Dart out of the race, Rahm Emanuel is now the even-money favorite. Read »

Thursday, Oct 28, 2010 at 4:32 PM
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By Steve Bryant, Mary Ann Ahern

Dart Not Running for Mayor

Cook County Sheriff cites family considerations. Read »

Thursday, Oct 21, 2010 at 2:30 PM
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By Andrew Greiner and Lauren Jiggetts

Dart Still Coy on Run for Mayor

Dart Still Coy on Run for Mayor
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Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart wants to be honest with potential voters, despite some mixed messages about his potential run for Mayor. "I haven't hidden from them (voters) that I am examining the... Read »

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Who We're Covering
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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