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Preckwinkle says she was surprised at pushback to soda tax

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle says she didn't anticipate the pushback that came to the county's penny-per-ounce tax on sweetened beverages. Preckwinkle spoke Wednesday morning to a Chicago civic … Click to Continue »

What About the Health Spending?

800,000 people on Link were depending on the free doctor visits! After claiming more than 1,000 jobs would be lost, if the sweetened beverage tax was not implemented, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle negotiated a generous new deal with one of the county’s unions. Show More Summary

Toni Booed at Billiken

We heard from numerous people about this. We held off for a day, wondering if the lame-stream media might report it. They didn't - just this off-the-wall blog : DAMN! Cook County Board of Commissioners President Toni Preckwinkle was booed at this years Bud Billiken Parade. Show More Summary

Cook County ends bid to get $17 million from retailers

Cook County has ended its effort to grab $17 million from the Illinois Retail Merchants Association for its efforts to derail the controversial sweetened beverage tax. Board President Toni Preckwinkle's … Click to Continue »

Fed Up Yet Taxpayers?

Toni asked for what now? Just two weeks after raising the sales tax to pay for pensions, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is moving to give tens of millions of dollars a year in pay hikes to county workers.Legislation introduced yesterday by the county chief would extend raises of up to 6.5 percent throughout county government. Show More Summary


This is a blatant attempt to intimidate parties not to use the Courts to seek redress : Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is suing the Illinois Retail Merchants Association, claiming the one-month delay in implementing the...Show More Summary

The Latest: Cook County's soda tax to begin next week

The Latest on the dismissal of a lawsuit challenging Cook County's proposed soda tax (all times local): 6:20 p.m. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle says the proposed tax on … Click to Continue »

Boo Hoo

Cry us a river there Prickwrinkle : Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's administration is warning of 10 percent budget reductions if a judge doesn't allow a countywide sweetened beverage tax to take effect by August.In a letter...Show More Summary

Prickwrinkle Sounds Off

Once again, showing a concerted effort to direct the spotlight anywhere but at her office : Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Wednesday stopped short of throwing the shortcomings of the Chicago Police Department at the feet of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, but said she wished he had done more, and done it sooner.[...]Show More Summary

What Happened to Downtown Brown?

Seems like his past sins caught up with him: A top Cook County official was fired last month because of his work as a Chicago police commander, WBEZ has learned.County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced Nov. 18 that Ernest Brown was no longer the executive director of the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Show More Summary

More Taxes

Prickwrinkle has to be glad for Hillary's election debacle because it provided cover for this : Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle personally ensured her controversial new penny-an-ounce pop tax passed Thursday by breakingShow More Summary

County Leaders Want To Keep More Nonviolent Defendants Out Of Jail While They Await Trial

Toni Preckwinkle and four commissioners cited a recent lawsuit that alleges economic discrimination in the county's bond system. [ more › ]

Of Course She Does

Prickwrinkle again: Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and a bipartisan, biracial coalition of commissioners on Monday pushed for jailing fewer people charged with nonviolent crimes while they await trial.Preckwinkle and her...Show More Summary

Everywhere a Tax Tax

Prickwrinkle getting in on the act: Calling it a “difficult but necessary choice,” Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Thursday proposed a “moderate” tax on sweetened soft drinks as part of her $4.4 billion 2017 county operating...Show More Summary

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...

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