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Cook County Board President

The Next Blagojevich...

Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston | Posted 02.15.2012 | Chicago
Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston

Why does corruption seem to thrive in our wonderful state (and my native Chicago!), and what can citizens do to stop it?

Cook County Could Raise Alcohol Tax By 50 Percent

Posted 01.10.2012 | Chicago

Citing concerns about alcohol abuse, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Wednesday announced a plan that would increase alcohol taxes by 5...

In Cook County, One Year Of Juvenile Jail Time Is More Expensive Than A Year At Harvard

Posted 12.21.2011 | Chicago

In advance of releasing her $3 billion spending plan for 2012, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle spoke about one expense she hopes to slash...

WATCH: Cook County Board President Says War On Drugs 'Has Failed'

Posted 08.20.2011 | Chicago

At a rally on Friday, the chief executive of the second-most populous county in the nation declared that the 40-year-old war on drugs "has failed" in ...

STROGER'S OUT: Preckwinkle Takes Office Today

Chicago Sun-Times | Diaries of a Domestic Goddess | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Today, Toni Preckwinkle takes over as Cook County Board president -- the first woman elected to the post -- after she and the 17 county commissioners ...

Up To 2,000 Layoffs Coming As Cook County Plans Major Cuts

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Toni Preckwinkle won election as Cook County Board President handily. She took wide margins in the primary and the general, from all over the city and...

Toni Preckwinkle In Power Struggle With Tom Dart Over Budget

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Two of Cook County's up-and-coming reform-minded leaders are set to square off in a battle for budget dollars. Tom Dart, the Cook County Sheriff, is ...

Toni Preckwinkle May Have the Antidote to the Tea Party

David Ormsby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Preckwinkle plans to move Cook County government from a culture of corruption to a "culture of performance management" and hire a performance czar to enforce the new culture.

Stroger's Ten Lowest Moments As County Board President

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

On Monday, newly elected Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle was sworn in. Her first day on the job, Preckwinkle fired patronage workers tied...

All Smiles, Some Zingers, At Last County Board Meeting

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A collegial atmosphere, cut with a few good-natured zingers, presided over the last meeting of the current Cook County Board, as a few prominent commi...

HOG WILD: Stroger Spent $79K In Federal Cash On Zoo Party

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

First there were the hundreds of thousands of dollars in unsupervised no-bid contracts he gave to friends and allies. Then, there were the raises duri...

Stroger Ally To Toni Preckwinkle: 'Shut Up'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The transition of power at the Cook County Board President's office has gone from ugly to uglier, with some harsh words at yesterday's regular board m...

'Toddler' Won't Play Nice With Preckwinkle

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

In the nine months since his primary defeat rendered him a lame duck, Cook County Board President Todd Stroger has violated county decrees, hired cron...

Preckwinkle Assembles All-Star Transition Team

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Toni Preckwinkle won convincing victories in the primary and general elections for Cook County Board President, ousting scandal-plagued incumbent Todd...

Could A Republican Become County Board President?

Chicago News Cooperative | MICK DUMKE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Cook County has been dominated by Democrats for decades. But Roger Keats insists he has a chance in November to be the first Republican in 41 years el...

Toni Preckwinkle WINS Cook County Board President Race

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago alderman Toni Preckwinkle has officially become the first woman to be elected Cook County Board President. With 80 percent of Cook County rep...

Stroger's Job Training Program LOSES $2.7M In Federal Grants

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

With more than one out of 10 Chicago-area workers unemployed, you would think federal money for job training would be put to good use. But mismanageme...

Three Ways to Better Government

David Orr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Orr

There was a time when nobody would order a birth certificate at Cook County Vital Records unless they packed their favorite book and a lunch. But times have changed.

Todd Stroger Used Government Credit Card For Personal Use

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Cook County Board President Todd Stroger took out a government-issued credit card last summer and used it at times to pay for personal expenses, sourc...

Lame Duck Stroger Spruces Up Executive Offices With Taxpayer Cash

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Cook County Board President Todd Stroger, who lost re-election in February and has eight months left in office, is using taxpayer money to spruce up h...

Todd Stroger Contracts: Mike Quigley Calls For Federal Investigation

Daily Herald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The net of ongoing and potential investigations of lame-duck Cook County Board President Todd Stroger tightened around him Friday with U.S. Rep. Mike ...

Stroger Veto Of Hiring Freeze Holds Up

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Cook County Board President Todd Stroger scored a rare victory today when commissioners could not muster the votes to make stick a hiring freeze they ...

Stroger Vetoes Measure To Limit His Hiring, Salary Powers

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Cook County Cook County Board President Todd Stroger wielded his veto stamp Monday on a measure to freeze hiring and salaries until he leaves office N...

Todd Stroger: Cook County Board President 'The Lamest Duck Ever'

NBC Chicago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Cook County Board President Todd Stroger isn't accustomed to getting a lot of respect. Since taking over the job his father once held, he's been ridi...

Toni Preckwinkle Wins: Unseats Todd Stroger For Cook County Board President Nomination

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

In a sweeping victory over her competitors, Toni Preckwinkle is the predicted winner of the Democratic nomination for Cook County Board President Tues...