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Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios Grilled on Property Tax System

Is the property tax assessment system in Cook County institutionally racist? Assessor Joseph Berrios addressed that question and others before a packed Cook County Board room on Tuesday. 

Massive Overhaul in Governor Rauner’s Administration

The exodus continues in Gov. Bruce Rauner's office as old staff members leave and new ones come in. A look at who’s out, and who’s in.

White Sox Pitcher Jose Quintana Traded to Cubs

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A stunning Windy City Swap: Sox ace pitcher Jose Quintana is being sent about 8 miles north.

Labor Group Buys Chicago Sun-Times

A group of investors led by former Chicago Ald. Edwin Eisendrath has completed its purchase of the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Reader.

Comptroller Susana Mendoza on State Budget

While Illinois residents should expect to see a smaller paycheck in short order, Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza says it will takes months for the increased revenue to truly buttress state coffers.

Preckwinkle: Cook County Layoffs Coming After Soda Tax Stalled

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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced that thousands of layoffs will start next week as an appeals court Monday dealt a blow to the new tax.

State Budget Passes. Now What?

| Amanda Vinicky

The new state budget includes significant cuts and a higher income tax. So now what? We address some lingering questions about the fiscal health of the state—and the city.

Chicago Police ‘Perplexed’ Over Deadly July 4th Weekend

Some 87 people were shot and 15 killed over this year’s four-day holiday weekend, with the lion’s share coming on the Fourth of July.

Judge Blocks Cook County Soda Tax

A new penny-per-ounce sugary drink tax will not take effect in Cook County on Saturday.

Trump Picks John Lausch for Chicago US Attorney

President Donald Trump has selected former federal prosecutor John Lausch to be the next U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, according to multiple reports Friday.

Mayor Faces Heat on Chicago Police Reform

Will the mayor cave to pressure to get independent oversight of the Chicago Police Department?

Three Cops Indicted in Alleged Laquan McDonald Cover-Up

A Cook County special prosecutor has indicted three Chicago police officers on multiple charges in connection with the shooting death of Laquan McDonald in October of 2014. 

Plan to Close Ohio Street Pedestrian Tunnel at Night Moves Forward

Aldermen on the City Council’s Finance Committee on Monday approved a plan to lock the Ohio Street pedestrian tunnel between midnight and 5 a.m.

Outsider to Review Cook County Assessment Process

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.

Jesus ‘Chuy’ Garcia Mulling Bid for Cook County Clerk

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.

Groups Seek Investigation into Cook County Property Tax System

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.

Should Illinois School Districts Hire More Minority Teachers?

In an affluent suburb, a school district is engaged in a bold experiment to help minority students perform better—or a misguided form of bureaucratic overreach, depending on your point of view.

Chris Kennedy: State Property Tax System a ‘Racket’

In a speech Tuesday on the city’s South Side, gubernatorial candidate Chris Kennedy called for abolishing the current property tax system, calling it a “racket” and likening it to extortion. 

Civic Groups to Lawmakers: Don’t Come Back Without Budget

Andy Shaw, Better Government Association

Some high-profile civic groups are getting together to pressure state lawmakers to finally get a full-year budget done. 

Groups Push Back Against Obama Library’s Jackson Park Location

Why some community groups are mounting opposition to the Obama Library's Jackson Park location and where they say it should go instead.

Northwest Side Residents in Affordable Housing Fight

The fight to bring affordable housing to Jefferson Park has residents polarized and leveling accusations of racism.

Chicago Public Schools to Borrow $389 Million to Stay Open

Chicago Public Schools is once again turning to its lenders, this time to keep doors open until the end of the school year on June 20.

Chicago Police Department Toughens Use of Force Standards

Chicago police officers will only be allowed to use deadly force as a last resort, according to new guidelines unveiled Wednesday by Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson.

Allegations of Racism, Sexism and Gun Dealing in City Water Department

More details emerge about alleged gun dealing, racist and sexist behavior by a politically connected subordinate at the city’s Department of Water Management.

Mayor Emanuel Reappoints Inspector General, Budget Director Resigns

The city’s top watchdog is coming back for another four-year term, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Friday.