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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.

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.

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

Extra Extra: Preckwinkle Calls For County Sales Tax Hike

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is pushing for a 1 percent sales tax increase for the county. [ more › ]

Preckwinkle pushing 1 percent county sales tax increase

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is trying to muster enough support to raise the sales tax by a penny on the dollar - an about-face on the key issue that propelled her into office.

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...

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