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John Fritchey

Legislators Doubling as Lobbyists? No Shortage of Work to Be Done

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 11.04.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

Part of our problem in Cook County and Illinois is that the stories come so fast and furious and so frequently, that they no longer are eye popping. Too often, we're doing some eye rolling and clicking and scrolling to find some good news.

Toni Preckwinkle Bites the Bullet

David Ormsby | Posted 12.31.2012 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Buffeted by criticism, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has bitten the bullet and dumped her ammunition tax plan.

Morgue Crackdown Planned After 'Horrendous' Conditions Discovered

Posted 03.27.2012 | Chicago

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Thursday announced an imminent "overhaul" of the county morgue, which has come under renewed scrutiny ...

Alcohol Tax Hike OKed By County Board

Posted 11.15.2011 | Chicago

Updated story A proposal increasing alcohol taxes by 50 percent in Cook County was approved Monday by the county board, even as some feared the add...

Can Decriminalizing Marijuana Help Cash-Strapped Chicago?

Posted 01.02.2012 | Chicago

Updated with Mayor Emanuel's comments When Mayor Rahm Emanuel took over, he immediately made it quite clear that he would do whatever it takes to g...

Aldermen On Board With Ticketing, Not Arresting Low-Level Marijuana Offenders

Posted 12.27.2011 | Chicago

Four Chicago lawmakers on Thursday are expected to announce their support of ticketing individuals caught with small amounts of marijuana in Cook Coun...

Joseph Erbentraut

Cook County Indigent Bodies To Be Donated To Science, Not Buried | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 12.03.2011 | Chicago

A memo released late last month by Cook County Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Nancy Jones reported that the bodies of individuals whose families cannot af...

Social Media Week, I Mean Social Media Life

Joe Moreno | Posted 11.27.2011 | Chicago
Joe Moreno

There's literally no excuse for elected officials not to utilize social media. I would love to be known as the most accessible alderman in the city.

BEYOND BROKE: Illinois Could Cut Burials For The Poor

Posted 09.05.2011 | Chicago

While massive budget cuts threaten the existence of a program that pays funeral homes and cemeteries to honor and bury deceased individuals whose fami...

The Undercard No More -- Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza

Kyle Hillman | Posted 08.10.2011 | Chicago
Kyle Hillman

Not only did new City Clerk Mendoza have a challenger candidate supported by the black community, she had the task of defending the importance of the position, as eliminating it became a talking point.

Former Mayoral Candidate Angling For State Rep Seat

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

One of the most compelling candidates for Chicago mayor -- if not one of the highest vote-getters -- could find herself with a new political career in...

Billion-Dollar Baby: Disturbing Story Of Illinois Politics In Action

Better Government Association- The Shaw Blog | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

She is somebody somebody sent. In the best--or maybe it's the worst--tradition of local politics. And she was pressured into voting for a multi-bil...

Daley Says If City Took Financial Advice From State, 'We'd Be Bankrupt'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley does not appreciate criticism--whether it's coming from the media, Democrats or Republicans. On Tuesday, he made this abun...

Sex Crime Crack Down: State Goes After Sex Offenders With Business Licenses

Fox Chicago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Daniel Bluthardt, the state's Director of Professional Regulation, recently matched the names of everyone licensed by his department against the state...

Stroger Was For Override Reform Before He Was Against It

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Cook County Board President Todd Stroger, who vehemently opposes legislation to reduce the number of votes needed to override his vetoes, supported th...

Quinn Lands Endorsements, Jabs With Hynes Over Blago Ties

Huffington Post | Tim Taliaferro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Updated The fierce intra-party feuding between Gov. Pat Quinn and Comptroller Dan Hynes reached a new pitch Friday after Quinn announced his latest s...

Ted Matlak, Deposed North Side Alderman, Running For Cook County Board

Chicago Tribune | Hal Dardick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The race to succeed Democratic Cook County Commissioner Forrest Claypool, a self-styled reformer from the city's North Side, could be the highest-prof...

John Fritchey Plans Run For Claypool's Cook County Board Seat

Huffington Post | Tim Taliaferro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

State Rep. John Fritchey announced Tuesday he intends to give up his seat in the state legislature to run to replace retiring Commissioner Forrest Cla...

Quigley Attack Goes Off the Tracks in Fifth Congressional District Race

David Ormsby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Fritchey and Feigenholtz had the courage to take a tough vote to keep the buses and trains running for thousands of their constituents and thousands of Quigley's.

Geoghegan's Failed Congressional Bid Lays Progressive Groundwork: Sirota

In These Times | David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

There is a value in backing long shots, even if those long shots lose. In Geoghegan's case, many progressives supported someone who has been an import...

Mike Quigley Wins Democratic Primary To Replace Rahm Emanuel In Congress

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

UPDATE 11:00 P.M. Though poised to follow Rahm Emanuel, Rod Blagojevich and Dan Rostenkowski as the Congressman from Illinois' Fifth District, Cook C...

Blago's Top Fundraiser Donated To Fritchey In Emanuel Replacement Race

Chicago Tribune | Dan Mihalopoulos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Milan Petrovic, who was listed as Gov. Rod Blagojevich's top campaign fundraiser at a political corruption trial last year, recently gave $2,400 to th...

Daley's Candidate in the Illinois Fifth Congressional District Election: Feigenholtz?

David Ormsby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Why would Feigenholtz have the Mayor's favor? Because the others seem to have his disfavor.

All Emanuel Replacement Candidates Make Case In 30 Seconds (LISTEN)

Chicago Public Radio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

There are 23 candidates running to replace Rahm Emanuel in the 5th Congressional District. We asked each of them to give us their 30 second pitch....

Emanuel Replacement Race: Feigenholtz Holds Money Lead, Tribune Reaffirms Quigley Support, Nate Silver Sets Odds

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

With under three days before Democratic voters will choose a nominee to replace Rahm Emanuel in the Fifth Congressional District, the eager candidates...