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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle discusses Chicago Public Schools plans to close about 50 schools at the end of the school year. (Credit: CBS)

Preckwinkle Rules Out Mayoral Bid

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has ruled out challenging Mayor Rahm Emanuel in next year’s mayoral election.

07/15/2014

CTU President Karen Lewis; Mayor Rahm Emanuel (CBS)

Lewis Forms Exploratory Committee To Weigh Run Against Emanuel

For months, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis has said she’s considering a run for mayor. Now she has taken another step toward jumping in the race.

07/15/2014

Doctor Generic

County Touts New Care Plan For Low-Income Residents

Dr. John Jay Shannon, interim CEO of the Cook County Health and Hospitals System said the county’s not just running hospitals and clinics, it now has its own Medicaid-managed care plan, called CountyCare.

05/02/2014

Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Alvarez Questions Wisdom Of Suggested Alternatives To Jail For Some Inmates

County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Sheriff Tom Dart have sought alternate arrangements such as home monitoring for inmates charged with non-violent crimes, but Alvarez expressed reservations to a broad-brush approach to releasing such inmates.

04/09/2014

Cook County Seal

County Panel Backs Switch To Electronic Records For Court System

The Cook County Board’s Technology Committee has voted that it’s time to stop tracking court cases, prisoners, and trials using carbon paper and sticky notes.

10/11/2013

Cook County government seal (CBS)

Preckwinkle Wants To Cut Off Nearly Free Insurance For Cook County Judges

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle fired another shot at Cook County’s Chief Judge Timothy Evans Monday, proposing to cut off the nearly-free health insurance the county offers to judges.

10/08/2013

Leighton Criminal Courts Building (CBS)

Workers Grumble Over Pay-To-Park Plan At 26th And Cal Courthouse

Plans to charge motorists a daily fee at the city’s criminal courthouse garage and suburban facilities are “on hold” at the moment, but there’s a possibility that personnel and other visitors may have to shell out the bucks for parking later this year.

09/16/2013

Metra Train

Scandal-Plagued Metra Board May Lose Another Member

Another Metra board member may be on the verge of being forced from his seat.

08/14/2013

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Low-Cost Internet Program For Poor Families To Expand

Local officials say a program to help low–income families connect to the Internet has become the most successful such effort in the nation.

WBBM Newsradio–03/22/2013

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle discusses Chicago Public Schools plans to close about 50 schools at the end of the school year. (Credit: CBS)

Preckwinkle: ‘Very Disturbing’ That CPS Planning To Close About 50 Schools

Cook County Board Preident Toni Preckwinkle said Thursday she is troubled that the Chicago Public Schools reportedly plan to close about 50 schools this year.

CBS Chicago–03/21/2013

John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County

County To Pay $20M To Settle Lawsuit Over Boy’s Brain Damage

The Cook County Board has approved a $20 million settlement for the family of a toddler who suffered severe brain damage after surgery at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County.

WBBM Newsradio–02/05/2013

Cook County Board

Cook County Commissioners Approve New Gun Control Measure

The Cook County Board has approved imposing fines of up to $2,000 on gun owners who fail to inform police if a gun is stolen, lost, or transferred to someone else.

WBBM Newsradio–02/05/2013

State Sen. Toi Hutchinson (left) and former State Rep. Robin Kelly (right) are running to replace U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. in Congress.

Preckwinkle Endorses Hutchinson Over Kelly For Jackson’s Seat

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said Monday that she’s endorsing state Sen. Toi Hutchinson in the race to replace former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. over her former staffer, state Rep. Robin Kelly.

01/28/2013

Firearms for sale at an area gun shop. (CBS)

Emanuel, Quinn, Preckwinkle Laud President’s Gun Control Plan

The president announced he will press Congress to pass legislation requiring background checks on all gun purchases; reinstate the ban on military-style assault weapons; renew a 10-round limit on the size of ammunition magazines; and prohibit the possession, transfer, manufacture, or import of armor-piercing bullets.

CBS Chicago–01/16/2013

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle (Credit: CBS)

Preckwinkle To Introduce Stricter Gun Regulations

Gun owners in Chicago and suburban Cook County may have new incentives for keeping better track of their weapons.

01/12/2013

Cash Register

Preckwinkle, Business Leaders Celebrate End Of ’08 Sales Tax Hike

It’s not very often that we hear about taxes going down, but on Wednesday, retailers and elected officials were celebrating the final roll-back of Cook County’s sales tax increase pushed through by former County Board President Todd Stroger in 2008.

CBS Chicago–01/02/2013

Mayor Rahm Emanuel

After Preckwinkle’s Slam, Emanuel Says They’re On Same Page On Crime

Mayor Rahm Emanuel responded gently on Monday to criticisms of his crime-fighting strategy leveled at him last week by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.

12/10/2012

Cook County Seal

Report: Tax, Fee Increases Under Consideration To Balance County Budget

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is apparently considering targeted tax and fee increases and cost cutting to close a $115 million deficit in next year’s county budget.

CBS Chicago–09/26/2012

The main stage in the Time Warner Cable Arena September 3, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina as preparations for the 2012 Democratic National Convention continue. (Photo credit: STAN HONDA/AFP/GettyImages)

Illinois Delegates Upbeat About Democratic Convention

On this Labor Day, delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte are preparing for their sessions, which begin tomorrow.

CBS Chicago–09/03/2012

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle

Preckwinkle Engages Public In Seeking Ways To Eliminate County Budget Shortfall

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle conducted a 45-minute Internet video chat Thursday evening — looking for ways to eliminate a $267 million budget shortfall.

WBBM Newsradio–08/24/2012

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