| Nov 4, 2013
| 11:23 AM
Orland Park and Cook County officials will host a seminar Tuesday for local residents looking to appeal their 2013 property tax assessments.
The event will be at 6:30 p.m. in the Orland Park Civic Center, 14750 S. Ravinia Ave.
Dan Patlak, a Cook...
| Nov 10, 2013
As the Supreme Court this fall weighs the constitutionality of opening public meetings with a prayer, a number of local leaders who have been doing precisely that for years said they intend to continue as long as they are legally able.
The justices last...
| Nov 10, 2013
Can Paul Vallas possibly play second banana?
Though I know Vallas well, even I can't answer that one. And I doubt Gov. Pat Quinn knows either. When I interview both men this week, I'll ask them.
Whether Vallas can rein in his personality is a...
| Nov 9, 2013
Gov. Pat Quinn's decision to name Paul Vallas as his running mate Friday could provide his 2014 ticket with financial and educational gravitas needed to counter an anticipated push by Republicans who need to regain the Executive Mansion to rebuild their...
| Nov 8, 2013
| 11:11 AM
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 costs.
The $3.2 billion...
| Nov 9, 2013
Type "Paul Vallas" into the Tribune's story archive, and one of the first stories begins this way:
"A longtime state government fiscal expert was named Tuesday as the City of Chicago's new revenue director, and he was immediately warned by his...
| Sep 9, 2013
| 4:34 PM
Eugene Mullins was a veteran Chicago police officer from a working-class family who'd grown up "sticking up for the little guy" when in 2006 his career took a dramatic turn.
His childhood friend Todd Stroger had just been elected Cook County Board...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 5:14 PM
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.
| Oct 15, 2013
| 4:42 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel vowed Tuesday to use his political capital to get state lawmakers to pass tougher illegal firearm possession laws, but his plan faces a lukewarm reception from a General Assembly already facing a tableau of issues and weary of...
| Oct 8, 2013
| 9:32 PM
Making sense of our messy laws on when ex-cons can run for office Wednesday's print column News item: As a convicted felon, former West Side Ald. Isaac "Ike" Carothers (right) is barred by law from running again for a seat......
| Oct 10, 2013
| 5:25 PM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle plans to close a $152 million budget gap next year by getting more federal health care funding, cutting spending and hoping more tax money is collected. It's a good-news budget, without higher taxes, fines or...