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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle says embattled Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios, a close political ally, has agreed to an outside evaluation of the property tax assessment process.

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Democratic sources tell Chicago Tonight that Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia is mulling a run for the post, contingent on whether he can garner enough Democratic support.

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Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios

A coalition of community groups is asking for an investigation into the Cook County property tax assessment system run by Assessor Joseph Berrios.

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Residents of North Lawndale and the Cook County Board are mourning the loss of one of their own. Second District Commissioner Robert Steele died Monday from complications of diabetes.  

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Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios

Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios is pushing back on a series of reports by the Chicago Tribune questioning the accuracy and fairness of his office.

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An extensive Chicago Tribune investigation claims the county’s property tax system favors the rich over the poor. The Tribune reporter and a representative from the Cook County Assessor’s Office join us in discussion.

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Cook County Judge Charles Burns (Chicago Tonight)

Often when criminal court defendants are placed on probation, they’re sent back to jail if caught using drugs. But in one Cook County courtroom, they’re given a second chance – and sometimes a third or fourth. 

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How will Cook County survive cuts in Medicaid if the new health care bill becomes law?
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The cost of a single-family home in Humboldt Park increased by 20.7 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016. (Richie Diesterheft / Flickr)

Data released by the Institute for Housing Studies at DePaul University outline substantial year-over-year gains in the price of single-family homes in Chicago neighborhoods of Humboldt Park and Garfield Park.

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After two high-profile stories about troubling judicial conduct, a look at judges’ ethical responsibilities and the quality of the county judiciary.

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Tuesday marks day two of the semi-annual Cook County tax sale, where those delinquent on their property taxes have their liens sold to private investors, who can then collect massive interest rates. A push to change the system by some public officials has simply raised more questions.

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Why Cook County property owners who are eight months delinquent in paying taxes are about to owe major fees to private companies.

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The owners of tens of thousands of homes and properties in Cook County who’ve fallen behind on their taxes have only a couple more days to settle their debts – or they could wind up paying a lot more.

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WBEZ data reporter Chris Hagan

Cook County is shrinking again – and the 2016 drop in population is the biggest of any county in the entire country. Is this just a statistical blip or the beginning of an alarming trend?

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A new program aims to get all arrestees a defense attorney while in police custody.

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(Solar Energy Industries Association)

Cook County is more than halfway through a multiyear project that aims to make solar energy more affordable for residents.