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Cook County's turn on pension reform

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has a big "ask" of the Illinois General Assembly: Pass a pension reform bill.

Preckwinkle tries again on Cook County pension changes

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is trying to revive a plan to overhaul government worker pensions, with supporters arguing the proposal is vastly different from changes to state retirement benefits recently struck down by the Illinois Supreme Court.

Preckwinkle to address Unitarian seminary graduates

Toni Preckwinkle hesitates to call her public service career a ministry. The former high school history teacher, five-term Chicago alderman and Cook County Board president refers to it as a calling.

Preckwinkle tries to make Berrios nepotism fine stick

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will try once again to make a punishment stick against Assessor Joe Berrios for hiring two relatives after a judge last week tossed out $10,000 in fines the Board of Ethics had tried to impose for violating nepotism rules shortly after taking office.

Preckwinkle avoids symbolic property tax vote pushed by Rauner ally

Democratic Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle reached into the rule book Wednesday to avoid a symbolic vote on a potential property tax increase that a key ally of Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner had pushed.

Neutrality

Prickwrinkled is taking the easy way out again: Add Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle to those who say they're publicly withholding endorsement in Chicago's mayoral race.In advance of a Casimir Pulaski Day event, Preckwinkle...Show More Summary

Tracey Ladner Fired

Someone finally launched her from a government spot. Looks like it was Preckwinkle: Didn't take too long for Toni Preckwinkle to figure out what we already knew......call 312-603-6121 and ask for Tracey and you will be told she is no longer here. The wreck of Personnel Departments across the greater Illinois region is her legacy.

Preckwinkle to detail second term plans for Cook County

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will give a speech Monday laying out plans for her second term, during which she will need to find a way to cover the cost of the county's growing debt payments and pay for costly fixes to the pension system.

Spare the Rod...

...spoil the child: Probably the most significant way that Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle continues to distinguish herself from her political brethren is by challenging the get tough law-and-order assumptions underlying...Show More Summary

Preckwinkle calls for end to automatic transfers of minors to adult court

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will call Friday for an end to the practice in Illinois of automatically transferring juveniles to adult court if they are charged with certain serious crimes.

Challenging term ahead for Preckwinkle, County Board

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and the members of the County Board will take their oaths of office Monday for a new term during which work to fix the county's pension funds will take center stage.

Preckwinkle wins easy approval of $4 billion budget

Despite dissent from a fellow Democrat, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Friday won easy approval for her $4 billion 2015 budget proposal that includes no new taxes, fines or fees.

Endorsements for Cook County Board

Four years ago, Todd Stroger ended his hapless and costly regime as president of the Cook County Board. Toni Preckwinkle beat him in the Democratic primary and she went on to win the general election. She has kept her promise to eliminate Stroger's much-loathed sales tax increase. She's...

A dose of good news on CountyCare

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle recently visited the Tribune Editorial Board and delivered a dose of unexpected good news about the county's health care system: The fledgling Medicaid expansion known as CountyCare is looking healthier than it did a few months ago. Officials have...

Preckwinkle's new county budget: No new taxes, fees

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today will propose a 2015 budget that has no new taxes, fees or fines ahead of the Nov. 4 general election.

No Money Needed to Defeat Rahm Emanuel

The upcoming Mayoral Race in Chicago should be very interesting considering that Rahm Emanuel is so far behind in the early polls when compared with other candidates like Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Karen Lewis. Emanuel has made a bad name for himself and his administration in Chicago. Show More Summary

Appeals court rules against Preckwinkle tax on businesses

A state appellate court has shot down Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's use tax on certain big ticket items purchased outside the county, upholding a lower court ruling last year that froze collections on one of her signature revenue raisers.

How Karen Lewis Might Also Help Change Chicago City Council

First, the news you already know: Karen Lewis is likely running for mayor. Toni Preckwinkle isn't. Since the news broke on July 15 that Preckwinkle is out of the race, some dominant themes seem to have emerged. The first, probably.....

Election Ploy Fails...for Now

Rahm says, "Quick! Find some black guys to split the vote!" In the wake of Cook County Board Chairman Toni Preckwinkle’s hasty exit as a possible mayoral contender, Sneed is told there is a move to fill the void with two male contenders in the black community: State Sen. Show More Summary

Chicago Women Show Rahm Emanuel the Light at the End of the Tunnel

Tuesday, Toni Preckwinkle, one of the two women who -- according to the latest poll -- would beat Rahm Emanuel in a race for mayor of Chicago, announced she wasn't running. Monday, the other one, Emanuel's enemy Karen Lewis, head of the Chicago Teachers Union, announced she was considering running. Show More Summary

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