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Cook County Commissioners' Back-Door Pay Raise

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Cook County Commissioners are paid $85,000 per year in taxpayer-funded salary. But they also receive more than $1,200 a month in no-strings-attached "...

Stroger Says No New Taxes In County Budget

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Months after convincing commissioners to approve a one-penny-on-the-dollar sales tax increase, Cook County Board President Todd Stroger said Wednesday...

County Aide Suspended After Investigation

Chicago Sun-Times | Mark J. Konkol | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Cook County President Todd Stroger's best friend's wife, county purchasing agent Carmen Triche-Colvin, was suspended after an inspector general invest...

Cook County Board Offers Small Sales Tax Rebate

Chicago Tribune | Hal Dardick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Months after raising the county sales taxes by a percentage point, the Cook County Board today approved partial rebates to retailers that build new sh...

Cook County's $3.2 Million Patronage Tab

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

"Cook County will pay more than $100,000 each to four victims of illegal political patronage as part of 108 awards announced Thursday by a court-appoi...

Cook County Commissioner Bill Beavers On The Joys Of Smoking, Gambling And Drinking

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Cook County Commissioner Bill Beavers recently quit smoking, cold turkey, after decades of sucking down unfiltered cigarettes. He talked with the Sun...

What Tax Hike? County Borrowing $740 Million To Pay Bills

Chicago Sun-Times | Mark J. Konkol | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

It took some backroom negotiations for Cook County President Todd Stroger to score enough votes to give his cousin, chief financial officer Donna Dunn...

Cook County Conflict Of Interest?

Chicago Sun-Times | Mark J. Konkol | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Can the attorney who defended Cook County against allegations of illegal political hiring be an independent inspector general? That depends on how yo...

An End To Political Nepotism?

CBS 2 | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

State Republican leaders have proposed legislation that would ban family members of elected officials from being appointed to political office. The l...

Blogging Where the Sun Don't Shine

Mike Quigley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Mike Quigley

Since I joined the Cook County Board in 1998, I've tried to illuminate the outdated practices, blind acceptance of the status quo, and improper political influence over hiring and contracting that have historically defined Cook County government.