Cook County

A Cook County judge has ruled attorney general candidate Scott Drury be removed from next month's primary ballot over questions about whether he complied with the rules in filing of a statement of economic interest. 

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle cited a racial disparity in enforcement of laws against the use of marijuana as the reason she now favors legalization of the drug.

Attorneys for a white Chicago police officer charged with murder in the 2014 shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald plan to hire a polling company to look at the question of whether the trial should be moved out of Cook County.

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Two teenage boys who pleaded guilty in the sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl that was streamed live on Facebook have been sentenced to five years of probation.

In a plea deal with Cook County, Illinois, prosecutors, the teens pleaded guilty to child pornography in November.

The victim, now 16, and her mother looked on from the rear of the courtroom as Judge Patricia Mendoza sentenced the boys on Wednesday. Both teens were originally charged with aggravated sexual assault and manufacturing and dissemination of child pornography.

The field of Democrats vying for the chance to replace U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez is narrowing. 

With frigid below-normal temperatures in much of the country, emergency management officials are offering safety tips for winter driving.

A suburban Chicago school district facing a lawsuit over a transgender student's use of the girls' locker room says the allegations misrepresent the accommodations extended to the student.

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is launching an awareness campaign aimed at helping the public better understand the opioid crisis. 

A former Chicago alderman says he'll challenge Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle in 2018 after she championed a highly-unpopular sweetened beverage tax.

Cook County's Democratic Party has endorsed state Sen. Kwame Raoul for attorney general over former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and several other candidates who urged party leaders not to pick a favorite.

The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled that a female teen charged with fatally shooting a 14-year-old girl in 2014 isn't entitled by law to a jury trial in juvenile court.

The U.S. Justice Department contends the city of Chicago and Cook County violated federal immigration laws when they were awarded public safety grants last year.

Soda Tax Not Done ---Yet

Oct 11, 2017

Cook County Commissioners took the final vote to repeal the controversial sweetened-beverage tax Wednesday. But it’s not gone just yet.

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Cook County officials are expected to take a major step toward repealing a Chicago-area tax on sweetened beverages. The county board's finance committee is meeting Tuesday to vote on a measure to repeal the unpopular penny-per-ounce tax. Commissioner Sean Morrison said last week he has enough "yes" votes to eliminate the tax effective Dec. 1 and withstand any potential veto.

A Cook County commissioner says a deal has been reached to repeal a Chicago-area tax on sweetened beverages. 

Will the Cook County Soda Tax Trickle Downstate?

Oct 4, 2017

State Senator Chapin Rose says downstate Illinoisans should be concerned about Cook County’s controversial sales tax on sweetened beverages --- even though they don’t have to pay it.

Federal immigration officials say they arrested 30 people in Cook County as part of a nationwide sweep targeting "sanctuary" jurisdictions, which limit local authorities' cooperation in immigration investigations.

Illinois is receiving more than $110 million in federal grants to help prevent and respond to terrorism and other emergencies.

Secretary of State Jesse White says he'll seek a sixth term in 2018. 

Republican state legislators from around Chicago are pitching a plan to repeal the new sweetened beverage tax in Cook County. 

An arrest warrant has been issued for a Northwestern University professor in the stabbing death of a Chicago man.

Illinois consumers who buy coverage through the Affordable Care Act exchange could see prices increase by as much as 43 percent next year.

DuPage County Board Vice Chairman John Curran has been appointed to fill the Illinois Senate seat held by GOP leader Christine Radogno before she announced her resignation last month. 

A coalition of social-service providers owed money by Illinois state government is seeking more time to appeal its lawsuit to the Illinois Supreme Court. 

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ALGONQUIN, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has added Cook County to a state disaster proclamation amid flooding in the northern portion of the state and warned that evacuations could take place this week.

The Illinois attorney general has issued guidance for law enforcement agencies in the state on a law to improve response to sexual assault and abuse. 

Cook County officials warn that a 10% budget cut is possible if a judge doesn't allow a sweetened beverage tax to take effect by August.

Two commissioners have proposed creating an identification card for anyone living in Cook County, including those in the U.S. illegally.

Three Chicago police officers have been indicted on felony charges alleging they conspired to cover up the fatal shooting of black teen Laquan McDonald by a white officer.

Cook County's state's attorney's office will stop prosecuting some traffic offenses because there is not enough staff to handle all the cases. 

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