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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

Will Karen Lewis Be the Next Mayor of Chicago?

Speculation is running rampant that Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis will challenge her nemesis, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and take his job. It has only accelerated now that Cook County Board president Toni Preckwinkle has removed herself from consideration. Lewis reportedly created an unofficial exploratory committee. A spur to all this is an automated poll […]

Preckwinkle Leaves the Field

She won't run against the Machine that created her: Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle declared Tuesday that she won’t run for mayor, leaving union and community groups angry over Chicago’s violent crime, school closings and...Show More Summary

Toni Preckwinkle Will Not Run For Mayor

Local media can now stop beating the drums for a Rahm Emanuel-Toni Preckwinkle race for mayor. [ more › ]

Preckwinkle won't run for Chicago mayor

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today announced that she will not run for mayor of Chicago.

Midday News Links: Emanuel Allies Form Super PAC

Chicago Forward is a Super PAC formed by Emanuel allies in the event Toni Preckwinkle, Karen Lewis or anyone else decides to run against the mayor next year. [ more › ]

Preckwinkle faces the glare: Will you run for mayor?

Still won't rule out campaign against Rahm Emanuel Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle squinted into the bright lights of the TV cameras lined up in front of her Thursday, searching for each reporter who volleyed her variations of the same question: Will you run for mayor?

Preckwinkle to address City Club -- and more questions about a mayoral run

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will talk to the City Club of Chicago today about the county's budget, but she's sure to get asked about her political plans as she continues to leave the door open for a run against Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Five Supervillians Chicagoans Might Like More As Mayor Than Rahm Emanuel

Here is a rundown of classic villains who voters might like better than Rahm Emanuel. #ScarForMayor2015. Remember: these characters are just as likely to run for mayor as Toni Preckwinkle is. [ more › ]

Cook County AFSCME employees to hold a lunchtime picket

Cook County government employees plan to picket during lunchtime today, calling for Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle to settle on a contract with their union.

Report: No 'Council Wars' with Cook County Board for Preckwinkle

When it comes to rubber stamp legislative bodies, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has only a slight edge over Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, according to a new report set to be released today by the political science department at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Preckwinkle hits Springfield on pension plan

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is in Springfield today lobbying for changes to the county pension plan that she says will halt its ongoing decline toward insolvency in two decades.

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