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How Chicago's Toni Preckwinkle Sat With Bill Clinton At The DNC

Preckwinkle's camera-ready positioning meant she got plenty of screen time Monday night. [ more › ]

Communing with Cook County Hospital's ghosts of the past

A few days ago, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced new plans for the old Cook County Hospital building built in 1914. I worked there for three decades and knew people who worked there as far back as the 1930s. I took the news with mixed emotions: Any plan to revitalize the beautiful...

Morning Spin: Preckwinkle gets another new chief of staff

Welcome to Clout Street: Morning Spin, our weekday feature to catch you up with what's going on in government and politics from Chicago to Springfield. Topspin Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has named a top aide to former Gov. Pat Quinn as her latest chief of staff. Preckwinkle announced...

Chief of staff: Worst job in Illinois politics? Or the best?

Hearing last week that Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's chief of staff, Tasha Green Cruzat, was resigning got a few of us chattering about the chief of staff job. Cruzat, who is departing to become president of Voices for Illinois Children (certainly no demotion), is Preckwinkle's...

State elections board knocks Foxx on Preckwinkle poll

Cook County state's attorney challenger Kim Foxx's campaign violated state election law by failing to disclose that County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's political fund paid $25,000 for a poll last year, state election officials ruled Wednesday. The unanimous decision by the Illinois State...

Have you thought of a visit to Mr. Madigan?

Toni Preckwinkle, president of the Cook County Board, visited the Tribune Editorial Board this week to warn that for lack of payments from the state, she'll soon have to lay off workers and curtail programs that collect child support enforcement, reduce criminals' recidivism and promote public...

Preckwinkle warns of possible county layoffs due to state budget impasse

With the state falling further behind in paying its bills, Cook County is starting to consider layoffs of workers who help collect child support and keep non-violent offenders out of state prisons, County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said Monday. As of Jan. 31, the state was $66.1 million behind...

Foxx supporters say they have votes to win state's attorney endorsement over Alvarez

Supporters of challenger Kim Foxx's bid for Cook County state's attorney say they have the votes to win the Democratic Party endorsement on Thursday, the result of an extensive push by County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. The assessments came Wednesday, the eve of a special meeting of the 80...

Preckwinkle calls for McCarthy to go, Alvarez to step down

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Monday called for State's Attorney Anita Alvarez to step down and for Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy to be ousted because of their handling of the investigation into the shooting of an African-American teen by a white Chicago police...

As personnel spending rises, what will Toni Preckwinkle tax next?

A marathon Cook County Board meeting last week included some testy exchanges but a predictable result. Commissioners passed a $4.5 billion budget that counts on higher sales taxes, a new tax on hotel rooms, an ammunition tax and some fee hikes. It passed 12-5. Most of the money the county will...

Prickwrinkle's Budget Passes

More taxes! Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's $4.5 billion budget won approval Wednesday, and people who shop, stay in hotels and file lawsuits will be paying more next year.Overall county spending is expected to increase by about $500 million under a budget commissioners approved 12-5. Show More Summary

Preckwinkle's tax-laden 2016 county budget easily passes

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's $4.5 billion budget won approval Wednesday, and people who shop, stay in hotels and file lawsuits will be paying more next year. Overall county spending is expected to increase by about $500 million under a budget commissioners approved 12-5. The spending...

Preckwinkle hotel tax clears key hurdle with vote to spare

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's proposal to impose a 1 percent hotel tax cleared a key hurdle Friday, making it likely that Chicago's overall rate will rise to 17.4 percent next year. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's proposal to impose a 1 percent hotel tax cleared...

Push back on taxes, commissioners, and protect Chicago's convention trade

Rejoice, golfers and bowlers. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has dropped plans to tax your activities because she ran into too much opposition on the board. But she's not done taxing. She has shifted her focus to hiking taxes on hotel stays. If she gets her way when the County Board...

All Hail Toni!

Shifting the unpopular taxes so she can be the hero....like Rahm and Shortshanks used to do: Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will nix her 3 percent amusement tax proposal and instead push for a 1 percent hotel tax, Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin said Thursday.A 1 percent hike would spike Chicago’s hotel tax to 17.4 percent. Show More Summary

The Toni Taxes: Last Resort Part 3

For Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, negotiating a budget deal this fall has been like a spaghetti toss. Throw a fistful of taxes at the wall and see which will stick. Preckwinkle in October tried to sell her budget and tax proposal as a last resort — not to be confused with the 1-percentage-point...

Here a Tax, There a Tax

And once again, not a single substantive cut to government : Months after winning approval for a controversial penny-on-the-dollar sales tax increase, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle now wants to extend the county's 3 percent...Show More Summary

Don't have fun. It's taxed.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle wants to tax golf, bowling, ice skating — recreational activities already taxed by the city of Chicago — to help balance next year's county budget. Amusement parks, kayaking, fishing, billiards, you name it. If her budget passes, participants of sports...

Cook County Considers 3 Percent Tax on Cable, Bowling And Other Fun Things

Cook County residents could be facing another tax hike if County Board President Toni Preckwinkle gets her way. [ more › ]

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