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Police perjury: It's called 'testilying'

Joseph Sperling was acting mighty casual for a guy with a pound of marijuana in his car. That's how the arresting officer - and four other cops - described things to a Cook County circuit judge last year.

There Goes Dart Again

In the relentless hunt for headlines : As the violence in Chicago's streets hits the peak summer months, City Hall is receiving reinforcements of sorts from a surprising source: Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, whose office has begun putting...Show More Summary

Inside the failed prosecution of Chicago Detective Dante Servin

Most of the evidence against Chicago police Detective Dante Servin had been gathered in a matter of weeks, but nearly two years passed before Cook County prosecutors made the call to bring charges against the officer for shooting a woman in the back of the head.

Visa Suspends Processing Purchases of Ads on Backpage.com

Visa said it has stopped processing the purchase of all ads on classified website Backpage.com after receiving a request to do so from the sheriff in Cook County, Illinois.

Visa and MasterCard can no longer be used on Backpage

This week both Visa and MasterCard said that their cards will no longer be able to be used to place ads on Backpage. Both credit card companies had been asked by Cook County, Illinois, Sheriff Tom Dart to discontinue doing business with Backpage over the obvious human trafficking that takes place on the site. Sheriff […]

Nix the Toni Tax. Then fix Cook County.

For part of Wednesday afternoon, it looked like the Todd Stroger era was back - a terrible, tax-happy epoch at a Cook County government nicely designed for the 19th century. This time the County Board president advancing a 1 percent sales tax increase was Toni Preckwinkle, who ousted Stroger because...

Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer: I won't vote for a sales tax hike

In the next few weeks the Cook County Board will be asked to vote to increase the county sales tax. I will vote no. The sales tax is regressive and a penalty to the poor. It punishes businesses on the edge of Cook County and pushes consumers to buy goods on the Internet.

Chicago Area Sheriff Who Wasted Taxpayer Money Suing Craigslist, Now Strong-Arms Payment Companies To Avoid Backpage

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Remember Thomas Dart? He's the sheriff of Cook County, Illinois (the county that covers Chicago and many of its suburbs). For reasons that make no sense at all, he's somewhat obsessed with the fact that some prostitutes have figured out how to use the internet. Show More Summary

Preckwinkle to move fast on sales tax hike

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has said she will move quickly to try to try to pass the penny on the dollar sales tax increase she is to introduce Wednesday morning.

Preckwinkle open to reducing sales tax increase after it passes

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, facing an uphill fight to win votes for her proposed sales tax increase, said Tuesday she is open to rolling back the hike as soon as this fall if state lawmakers approve the public pension overhaul she is seeking in Springfield.

Vote could be close on Preckwinkle sales tax

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is within striking distance of securing the votes needed to raise the county sales tax by a penny on the dollar, but she'll have to be persuasive to get there, a Tribune survey of county commissioners indicates.

More Excuses for Cop Killer

Words cannot describe our disgust: Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin understands why police officers are angry the Illinois Prisoner Review Board has ordered the release of the killer of a Chicago cop.The board voted 8-6 Thursday...Show More Summary

Again, Never Ever Chase

Even if you do everything correctly, you're wrong : A Cook County jury has awarded $2.1 million in damages to the family of a 78-year-old woman killed when her vehicle was struck by a sport-utility vehicle the family's attorneys said...Show More Summary

More Circus Act

Gotta keep that case front and center! A Cook County judge Thursday raised the possibility of allowing only audio coverage at the upcoming trial of a Chicago police commander on charges he shoved a gun into a suspect's throat and threatened to kill him.Judge Diane Cannon tentatively set trial for Cmdr. Show More Summary

Preckwinkle defends proposed sales tax increase

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Tuesday defended her proposal to increase the sales tax by a penny on the dollar, saying the move is necessary to prevent even greater financial difficulties in coming years.

Watch out for the Toni Tax

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Stroger on sales tax hike: Told ya so

Former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger on Tuesday said he's feeling vindicated that his successor is trying to raise the sales tax --- the very issue that led to him losing re-election.

Judge Grants Injunction in Reverse Mortgage Scam

Mortgage Fraud Blog. According to the Huffington Post, Chicago Cook County Judge David Atkins granted Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s request for an injunction against Mark Diamond in connection with the lawsuit she filed against him in 2009. Show More Summary

Business owners on Cook County border fear tax hike

Business owners and operators on all sides of the Cook County perimeter expressed concern Tuesday about an effort to raise the county sales tax rate 1 percentage point, arguing it will drive away customers who can easily travel a few extra blocks or miles to avoid the added expense.

Prickwrinkle to Raise Taxes

Is there anything that democrats can't cure by raising taxes? When it was a bad thing, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle referred to it as the “Stroger sales tax.”Now, Preckwinkle is considering bringing back a penny-on-the-dollar sales tax increase that helped her defeat her predecessor, Todd Stroger. Show More Summary

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