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NATO 3 Sentencing Raises Questions About Police Spying in Chicago

Mark Cassello | Posted 06.29.2014 | Chicago
Mark Cassello

On Friday, April 25, 2014, the three young men dubbed the NATO 3 -- Brent Betterly, Jared Chase and Brian Jacob Church -- received sentences for the offenses of "mob action" and "possession of an incendiary device with intent to commit arson."

County Circuit Clerk's Office Promises Big Changes Amid Missing Records 'Crisis'

2012-03-30-BGA.jpg | Patrick McCraney/BGA and Dane Placko/FOX 32 | Posted 10.25.2013 | Chicago

This story is courtesy of the Better Government Association: Cook County Circuit Court Clerk promises "dramatic procedural changes" after missing r...

Chicago's Finest: Kurt A. Summers, Cook County Chief Of Staff

Iman A. Jefferson | Posted 10.21.2012 | Black Voices

Chicago may be known as the “City That Works,” but that’s because the county -- Cook County that is -- works. In this day and age, reform (espec...

$267.5 Million Cook County Budget Deficit Projected

Posted 06.28.2012 | Chicago

Cook County will need to contend with a projected $267.5 million shortfall in its next budget, Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced Wednesday. ...

State's Attorney Investigator Whiled Away Hours On County's Dime

2012-03-30-BGA.jpg | Patrick Rehkamp, Robert Herguth & Dane Placko | Posted 04.27.2012 | Chicago

This story is courtesy of the Better Government Association Investigators with the Cook County state’s attorney’s office are sworn police off...

Beavers Pleads Not Guilty On Tax Fraud Charges

Posted 03.03.2012 | Chicago

Shortly after embattled Cook County Commissioner William Beavers pleaded not guilty to tax fraud charges Friday, he lashed out against U.S. Attorney P...

Cook County Budget Outlines More Than 1,000 Layoffs; Tax, Fee Increases

Posted 12.24.2011 | Chicago

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's second budget, slated to be officially unveiled Tuesday, is expected to include layoffs of just more th...

Cook County Commissioners Say 'No' To Mandated Furloughs

Posted 11.21.2011 | Chicago

Two Cook County commissioners lashed out Tuesday against a County Board mandate requiring them to join the majority of the county's employees in takin...

Matt Sledge

Chicago, More Mexicans Than Veracruz | Matt Sledge | Posted 10.10.2011 | Latino Voices

CHICAGO -- The City of Chicago has more Mexicans than Veracruz and more Puerto Ricans than Arecibo. But despite these huge urban numbers, Latinos in t...

Cops: Peraica ARRESTED For Vandalizing Opponent's Yard Signs

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Cook County Commissioner Tony Peraica was arrested Saturday night for allegedly vandalizing his Democratic opponent's yard signs in southwest suburban...

700 New Voters

Karlo Barrios Marcelo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Karlo Barrios Marcelo

In recent weeks, over 100 volunteers hit the streets all over Chicago as part of the new group, Progressive Alliance - Cook County. Our goal: to register as many young voters as possible.

Is Online Voter Registration the Future?

David Orr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Orr

Six states have now transitioned to online voter registration, and their taxpayers, voters and election offices are all reaping the benefits.

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...

Obama's Home-Grown GOP Problem

Steve Daley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Steve Daley

For generations Chicago has dined out on a hard-edged Democratic image. But all the fights were internecine. When it comes to confronting the national GOP, the mythic nature of Chicago politics is just that, a myth.

Paul Vallas: Not Running For Chicago Mayor, Developing School Model For Haiti

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas, who has been superintendent of the Recovery School District of Louisiana in New Orleans since 2007, is ...

News Flash: Cook County Machine Covers for Its Own, Again

Andy Thayer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Andy Thayer

On Monday afternoon, Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez announced that she was taking a pass on criminally prosecuting a Chicago police officer who currently faces 34 federal lawsuits.

Sources: Stroger Fires 3 For Lack Of Support

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

With the Democratic primary looming, County Board President Todd Stroger has fired three Forest Preserve District employees because they were not supp...

Who Should Claypool Voters Choose? Probably Preckwinkle

Paras Bhayani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Paras Bhayani

The voters who would have backed Claypool, many of whom live on the North Side and in suburban Cook County, might well be the swing votes in this election.

Stroger Tells Peraica 'You Don't Know When To Shut Up' (WATCH)

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Things got a little testy at the Cook County Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday. First, Commissioner Tony Peraica tried to make the point that pe...

Cook County Dems Forget Jimmy Carter In Latest Ad

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Cook County Democratic party sent out a direct mail piece this week touting endorsed candidates centered on the theme that "throughout history, De...

Video Gambling Ban Passes Cook County Board

Chicago Tribune | Hal Dardick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Cook County Board today tweaked its ban on video gambling to ensure the betting machines won't be allowed in unincorporated areas under Gov. Pat Q...

Third Time's A Charm For County Sales Tax Rollback?

Chicago Public Radio | Tony Arnold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Cook County commissioners may once again try to cut the sales tax this week....

Emil Jones, His Stepson, and Todd Stroger -- A Great Deal for Them

Carol Felsenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Carol Felsenthal

The Chicago Sun-Times discovers another bad deal for taxpayers in Cook County government.

Shining Light On County Lobbyists

Huffington Post | Tim Taliaferro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

UPDATE: The Lobbyist Sunshine Initiative passed the finance committee unanimously on Thursday. It goes to a full vote at the Board's Oct. 6 meeting. ...

Shedding Sunshine on Cook County Lobbyists

David Orr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Orr

There is no reason why we cannot bring our lobbyist records into the 21st Century. We can and should do more to connect the dots between million dollar contracts and lobbyists who stand to profit from their approval.