If you're an Illinois resident with a high property tax bill, chances are strong you live in one of the collar counties surrounding Chicago. That's not an end-all-be-all statement, but based on data from Tax-Rates.org, it's a pretty safe assumption.
A former president of the Chinese American Bar Association, Liu credits the efforts of earlier Illinois Asian-Americans, who broke professional barriers, for laying the foundation of her ascension to the Illinois appellate court.
In Cook County's juvenile false confession cases, police officers and prosecutors have taken confession contamination to a new level. Not only did they feed facts to suspects, they scripted entire narratives for them.
With Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner backing a well-financed effort to put a term limits constitutional amendment on the 2014 ballot, the issue has more momentum today than it's had in 20 years -- since then-Treasurer Pat Quinn nearly got term limits onto the 1994 ballot.
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.
Taxpayers who are footing the bills want to know and trust that people are being hired on skill and merit, period. That they're being given promotions based on performance. And too often in Illinois government it does work that way.
They say that no man knows the number of his days and that death comes like a thief in the night. However, for the black men and women in Chicago, death can seem less like a faraway event and more like a day-to-day certainty.
Buying cigarettes feels like a monetary punch to the gut. This feeling of worthlessness and persecution increases today to more than $11, what it will now cost a freedom-lover to buy a pack of squares in Chicago.
Sometimes when you see two people out on the dance floor, it is clear that they are partners. They move in sync, with energy and an unspoken discipline. Such is the case now in Chicago with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.
In less than the time it takes to make an ATM withdrawal, Cook County Bond Court judges make decisions affecting individual liberty and the public safety. This way of transacting justice exacts a dear convenience fee.
More than funding or legislation, we need our officials to work toward common goals. A fair, cost-effective criminal justice system can be achieved through a cooperative effort among city and county administrators.
Last week was the launch of Cook County's new Open Data website. The website makes an unprecedented amount of County information available to the public, all available with just a few clicks of a mouse.