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Tuesday, Dec 4, 2012 at 4:27 PM
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By BJ Lutz, Mary Ann Ahern
      

Preckwinkle Running for JJJr's Seat? 'Nonsense.'

County Board President officially says she’s not running, but her endorsement may be key. She denies she has a favorite, but other sources with knowledge say she is leaning towards Sen. Toi Hutchinson. 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 »

Monday, Nov 5, 2012 at 3:44 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Obama's Political Career Comes Full Circle

Obama's Political Career Comes Full Circle

In 1995, Obama announced his campaign for the state at the Ramada Inn Lakeshore -- two miles south of McCormick Place. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 31, 2012 at 1:10 PM
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By Marcus Riley
      

Preckwinkle Seeks $25 Gun Tax

Cook County president drops plans for 5 cent bullet tax. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 30, 2012 at 9:21 PM
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By Jennifer Leon

Preckwinkle Revises Gambling Tax Proposal

Preckwinkle Revises Gambling Tax Proposal

County board president originally wanted to charge an $800 annual tax on every single machine in the county. Under the revised proposal, small shops get a break while the larger casinos pick up the tab. Read »

Thursday, Oct 25, 2012 at 8:03 PM
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By Phil Rogers
      

New Morgue Chief Promises Changes

"We definitely have turned the page, but are moving forward," Dr. Stephen Cina said Thursday. "Things are moving in the right direction." Read »

Thursday, Oct 18, 2012 at 4:26 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Preckwinkle Cites Chris Rock on Bullet Tax

Preckwinkle Cites Chris Rock on Bullet Tax

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle cites Chris Rock's "bullet control" routine to defend her five-cent tax on bullets. Read »

Thursday, Oct 18, 2012 at 1:38 PM
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By Lisa Balde & Lauren Petty

Preckwinkle Budget Proposes Cigarette Tax Hike

Preckwinkle Budget Proposes Cigarette Tax Hike

Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle could target smokers, gamblers and gun owners in her proposed 2013 spending plan, to be unveiled Thursday. Reports of the ideas swirled the last few weeks, and... Read »

Monday, Oct 15, 2012 at 3:59 PM
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By Lauren Petty

Preckwinkle Considers Gambling Tax: Report

Preckwinkle Considers Gambling Tax: Report

Cook County's board president has another idea up her sleeve to save money in the face of a widening budget gap. Following rumors of a so-called "violence tax," Toni Preckwinkle is now thinking about a tax on... Read »

Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 at 4:00 PM
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By Lauren Petty
      

Cook County Considers "Violence Tax"

A potential new Cook County tax takes aim at guns, and gun rights activists aren't happy about it. County president Toni Preckwinkle wants to introduce a "violence tax" on guns and ammunition to help plug a $115... Read »

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