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Reclaiming 'Chiraq'

Robert Koehler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
Robert Koehler

The kids are dying. That's what they call Chicago: "Chiraq." The situation has to change; the community has to rebuild.

Ex Metra CEO: Speaker Madigan has "moral character flaw"

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.17.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

WHO'S GOT THE "MORAL CHARACTER FLAW?" Ex Metra CEO Alex Clifford says House Speaker Michael Madigan has that big character deficit. Wait, who? Only hi...

Good Government Through the Looking Glass: Transparency and Accountability

Toni Preckwinkle | Posted 11.30.2011 | Chicago
Toni Preckwinkle

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.

Cook County Is Opening Its File Cabinets; Are You Looking Inside?

Kyle Hillman | Posted 11.30.2011 | Chicago
Kyle Hillman

The much-anticipated Cook County redesigned open data website was launched last week -- let the floodgate of citizen activism begin.

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...

These Girls Are Cooking With Gas and Cool as a Cucumber, Besides

Rebecca Sive | Posted 10.03.2011 | Chicago
Rebecca Sive

Occasionally, this stuff gets personal, real personal. That's because though I typically write about people I know, or have worked with, and about e...

Good Government Through the Looking Glass

Toni Preckwinkle | Posted 09.18.2011 | Chicago
Toni Preckwinkle



I realize that simple band-aid solutions won't fix broad, systemic problems. A key step towards reform in any government requires taking an honest and thorough look at the current budgets and programs.

Tips for Chicago's TIF Panel

David Orr | Posted 08.23.2011 | Chicago
David Orr

Members of Mayor Emanuel's newly appointed TIF panel will soon roll up their sleeves to start rebuilding city policy on TIFs. This is a welcome development.

Former Alderman Gets A County Job, Gets Fired, Gets A New One

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 06.18.2011 | Chicago

It was a series of moves that saw a former Chicago alderman go from having a job on the Cook County payroll to losing it to getting another county job...

Stroger Defends Seeking Jobless Benefits

Posted 06.05.2011 | Chicago

Former Cook County Board President gained a reputation for misappropriation of county funds, from using government credit cards for dry cleaning to bu...

Todd Stroger Applies For Unemployment Benefits

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Like thousands of Illinoisans who have lost their jobs, former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger has applied for unemployment benefits.But newl...

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...

Stroger Aide Carla Oglesby Posts Bail

Chicago Sun-Times | eNews Park Forest | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A former top aide to Cook County Board President Todd Stroger may be sprung from jail as early as Thursday afternoon. Carla Oglesby's parents withd...

All Smiles, Some Zingers, At Last County Board Meeting

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A collegial atmosphere, cut with a few good-natured zingers, presided over the last meeting of the current Cook County Board, as a few prominent commi...

HOG WILD: Stroger Spent $79K In Federal Cash On Zoo Party

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

First there were the hundreds of thousands of dollars in unsupervised no-bid contracts he gave to friends and allies. Then, there were the raises duri...

Stroger Ally To Toni Preckwinkle: 'Shut Up'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The transition of power at the Cook County Board President's office has gone from ugly to uglier, with some harsh words at yesterday's regular board m...

Taxpayers Buy $13K In Furniture For Stroger's Pal

Chicago Sun-Times | Neatorama | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Lame duck Cook County Board President Todd Stroger's administration rang up a $13,000 tab for new furniture in recent months, according to county docu...

'Toddler' Won't Play Nice With Preckwinkle

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

In the nine months since his primary defeat rendered him a lame duck, Cook County Board President Todd Stroger has violated county decrees, hired cron...

Could A Republican Become County Board President?

Chicago News Cooperative | MICK DUMKE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Cook County has been dominated by Democrats for decades. But Roger Keats insists he has a chance in November to be the first Republican in 41 years el...

Toni Preckwinkle WINS Cook County Board President Race

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago alderman Toni Preckwinkle has officially become the first woman to be elected Cook County Board President. With 80 percent of Cook County rep...

UPDATE: Stroger Aide Arrested For Corruption, Resigns Her Post

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

UPDATE: County Board President Stroger asked Carla Oglesby for her resignation, and got it, following her court hearing Tuesday morning. Stroger...

Lawsuit: Stroger Made 150 Forbidden Political Hires

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Cook County Board President Todd Stroger violated a ban on political hiring more than 150 times since the start of 2008, the attorney at the center of...

Cook County Board Votes To Allow Municipalities To ‘Opt Out' Of Red Light Camera Program

The Expired Meter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Cook County board members must have got an earful from their municipal constituents. Because after approving a contract for two red light camera su...

Todd Stroger's Shady Hiring Practices Highlighted In New Report

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Todd Stroger's staff bent or broke county hiring rules to put supporters on payroll and fire naysayers, according to a scathing report released Tuesda...

Todd Stroger Meets Econ 101

Paras Bhayani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Paras Bhayani

Pity Todd Stroger, the embattled Cook County Board chief who, having served the machine faithfully, is now being tossed under the bus as voters turn their ire on tax-happy politicians.