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Cook County Patronage

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...

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.

County Worker At Center Of Stroger Patronage Scandal Was Paid While Jailed

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

If a guy's got clout in Cook County, getting tossed in the hoosegow could be like a paid vacation. Tony Cole, the busboy- turned-patronage worker at t...

Former Stroger Patronage Hire Tony Cole In Jail Fight

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A former Cook County employee at the center of a patronage controversy involving county Board President Todd Stroger has been separated from other Coo...

Stroger Fires Felon Ex-Basketball Star From Patronage Job

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

Former University of Georgia basketball player Tony Cole -- a convicted felon who also was once charged in a rape case -- scored a patronage job in Oc...

Cook County Patronage Watchdog Quits, Cites Stroger Resistance

Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO - A federal hiring monitor says efforts by Cook County Board President Todd Stroger to eradicate illegal patronage hiring is moving too slowly...

All I Want for Christmas Is a Modernized Cook County Government

Mike Quigley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Mike Quigley

Short of absolute dictatorships, my staff and I couldn't find an example of a more powerful veto anywhere in the world. Why does the president of the Cook County Board have this much power?

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 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...

Deal Bans Political Hiring In Sheriff's Department

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

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart on Thursday agreed to settle a federal lawsuit that seeks to eliminate political hiring in his office. The proposed deal...