One woman at Cook County Jail has been incarcerated since last summer, awaiting trial for stealing about $4 worth of plums and candy. She was pregnant at the time, and Sheriff Tom Dart said her incarceration has cost the county $20,000.
With both Mayor Rahm Emanuel and challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia hoping to build more support among black voters, Garcia on Monday won the backing of some prominent African-American ministers, including Rev. Jesse Jackson, who blasted the mayor’s priorities.
If a criminal defendant posts bail to go free pending trial, county clerks across the state keep 10 percent of the money as a processing fee, no matter the crime, even if charges are later dropped.
A new book about Illinois politics shows its not-so-proud tradition of corruption dates back further than you might have guessed.
The head of the Lake County Board on Friday said lower jury duty pay should be among the things considered as task force appointed by the governor looks into lowering the cost of local governments.
Mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia has taken a harsher stance against the city’s red light cameras, as he steps up his bid to unseat Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Mayoral challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia said Mayor Rahm Emanuel needs to answer tough questions about how he plans to handle the city’s financial woes.
Mayor Emanuel is defending the decision by Chicago Public School officials to back down on their resistance to the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers test, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel threw cold water on the Chicago Cubs’ request to begin working on Wrigley Field renovations around the clock, after cold winter weather significantly delayed construction of new bleachers.
Republican U.S. Senator Mark Kirk has given his tacit endorsement of Mayor Rahm Emanuel for re-election, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.
hose who want to see an elected Board of Education in Chicago say this week’s overwhelming referendum vote in favor of the idea may be symbolic, but it’s a real boost, too.
Gov. Bruce Rauner, a close friend of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, has suggested mayoral hopeful Jesus “Chuy” Garcia’s relationship with the Chicago Teachers Union ought to be against the law. The governor wasn’t exactly singling out Garcia.
White co-chairs the mayor’s re-election campaign, and he said he’s prepared to take Emanuel to black churches and community meetings so he can regain African-American votes he’s lost in his first term.
Just hours before the election, mayoral challenger Bob Fioretti was assuring reporters he wanted to see the “anybody but Rahm” movement stick, regardless of which candidate ended up in a runoff with the mayor.
Chicago’s mayoral candidates were entering the final hours of campaigning on Monday. Voters will cast their ballots on Tuesday, so candidates were doing everything they can Monday to garner votes.
Watchdog groups from across the political spectrum agree Gov. Brucer Rauner’s new budget proposals grapple with the serious fiscal problems gripping the state, but they differ about whether the plans to cut billions in spending will fly.
The independent Newberry Library has preserved thousands and thousands of records from the Pullman Palace Car Company, which was the catalyst of the nation’s first industry-wide railroad strike, and the formation of the first all-black labor union
Delivering his first budget address since winning office last fall, Gov. Bruce Rauner said his plan would end “the irresponsible and reckless practices of the past.” He said lawmakers must be willing to make politically unpopular decisions to close a more than $6 billion budget hole next year.
County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia says another teachers strike is likely next fall if Emanuel is re-elected.
Congressman Luis Gutierrez and other immigration activists in Chicago denounced a federal judge’s decision blocking President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration, but remained undeterred in their support for overhauling the nation’s immigration system.