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Everyone Raising Taxes

Now Preckwinkle gets in on the act: Hoping to ward off another credit rating downgrade, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said Wednesday that she will soon present a plan to reform the county’s underfunded pension system.And...Show More Summary

Preckwinkle pension plan: cut benefits, workers pay more

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is pushing pension changes that would reduce cost-of-living increases, raise the retirement age and require government workers to pay more, sources told the Tribune.

IL: Advocates Call for Raising Tax Money to Pay for Mass Transit Improvements

A coalition of transportation advocates supported by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle has recommended raising new tax money in Cook County to help pay for billions of dollars of mass transit improvements.

On the Hustings

(The Illinois Observer): "Poll: Toni Preckwinkle leads Rahm Emanuel by 8 points in 2015 mayor’s race" (Politico): "Dave Camp won’t seek reelection" (Huffington Post): "Obama endorses Brian Schatz in Hawaii's heated Senate DemocraticShow More Summary

Preckwinkle declines to rule out run for mayor

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle told reporters Wednesday that she intends to serve her full four-year term if re-elected this year, but did not rule out switching gears and running against Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2015.

Lawsuit Alleges 'Sadistic Culture Of Brutality And Violence' At Cook County Jail

The class-action lawsuit named Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Sheriff Tom Dart, the County Board of Commissioners and other officials as defendants. [ more › ]

Preckwinkle to Challenge Rahm?

Someone has to....but Preckwinkle? Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel may face a formidable challenger when he runs for re-election in 2015: Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. Though Preckwinkle says she will seek a second term on the county board in November, there is a precedent for a quick switch to the mayoral election in February: then-U.S. Show More Summary

Obama Mentor Preckwinkle May Challenge Emanuel for Chicago Mayor

Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel may face a formidable challenger when he runs for re-election in 2015: Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. Though Preckwinkle says she will seek a second term on the county board in November, there is a precedent for a quick switch to the mayoral election in February: then-U.S. Show More Summary

Emanuel, Preckwinkle back candidate in West Side County Board contest

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today endorsed a young, first-time candidate in a crowded West Side county commissioner contest that includes a former alderman who did time for political corruptio...

Preckwinkle unveils renovated Cook County morgue

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle sought to turn the page Wednesday on the scenes of bodies stacked up at the county morgue that were a problem for her administration by unveiling a renovated cooler for remains at the facility and by noting it has again received national accreditation.

Preckwinkle Recognized for Sustainability Efforts

Toni Preckwinkle has been recognized with the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance's (MEEA) Inspiring Efficiency Leadership Award for her work in improving energy efficiency in Cook County and thus saving county taxpayers millions of dollars. "Toni Preckwinkle and Cook County have...

Midday News Links: Toni Preckwinkle And Husband Divorcing

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and husband Zeus announced they were divorcing after 44 years of marriage. [ more › ]

Preckwinkle Won't Back Felons

That isn't to say she doesn't support currently un-convicted felons on the Board....or that she won't work with the felons running should they win election....she just won't endorse them initially: Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle...Show More Summary

Preckwinkle won't back felons for board

Liked Sanchez, not Carothers Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said Wednesday she won't be backing either of the two ex-felons running for commissioner seats in the March Democratic primary.

Cook County Board unanimously approves budget

Cook County commissioners unanimously passed President Toni Preckwinkle's 2014 budget today, a spending plan one commissioner called a "sea change" for its shift in emphasis toward criminal justice issues from county healthcare cost...

Preckwinkle budget: no new taxes, fees

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today introduced a $3.2 billion election-year budget with nary a tax, fee or fine increase that relies on stepped up federal health care funding, reduced spending and better tax collections to close a projected $152 million gap.

Insurance for Judges

Guess how much they pay for health insurance? 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 offersShow More Summary

Judge turns thumbs down on Preckwinkle business tax

Days before her 2014 budget address, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's bid to balance this year's spending plan took a hit Tuesday when a judge ordered the county to stop collecting a tax on certain big-ticket items purchased outside the county.

Preckwinkle Wants To End Circuit Court Judges Sweetheart Health Insurance Deal

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle opened another front in her ongoing battle with Cook County Circuit Court Chief Judge Timothy Evans Monday, when she suggested ending a health insurance perk for county judges at a premium you won’t see in the Get Covered Illinois health insurance exchange. [ more › ]

Preckwinkle opposes Emanuel on gun crime mandatory sentences

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle spoke out Wednesday against mandatory minimum sentences for gun crimes — a key legislative initiative of Mayor Rahm Emanuel in his effort to tamp down a stubbornly high level of city violence.

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