It’s no secret that Hermene Hartman, publisher of N’DIGO magazine, has been pitching GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner big-time in the black community. It’s no secret she announced via her magazine that she has switched to the Republican Party because “it is about the man and his plan.” But she didn't say was that her company, Hartman Publishing, was paid $51,000 by Citizens for Rauner to run four events in February and March.
Records show that in a little over a year in office, Cook County Recorder Karen Yarbrough has put one relative on the payroll, hired others with ties to her or her husband and been criticized by the county inspector general and a federal monitor. She says the county ethics ordinance doesn't apply to her. | Sun-Times File Photo
Cook County Recorder Karen Yarbrough has been blasted by the county inspector general and a federal monitor for hiring people with ties to her or her husband. But like Assessor Joe Berrios, Yarbrough claims the county's ethics ordinance doesn't apply to her.
Some supporters and opponents of a Chicago casino seemed to be going through the motions at another hearing on the idea, but some political observers see the handiwork of House Speaker Mike Madigan in this latest effort.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday gave a dozen civic leaders until mid-May to find an “accessible” site for a project with huge tourism potential: an interactive museum spearheaded by movie mogul George Lucas to house his formidable collection of artwork and filmmaking memorabilia.
John Racasi (left) was sentenced to 18 months and Thomas Hawkins received two years for taking bribes to lower property tax bills. | Sun-Times file photo
Two Cook County employees who took bribes to lower property tax bills were sentenced Wednesday to two years and 18 months behind bars respectively.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle backed Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios' re-election for head of the county Democratic Party. | Rich Hein/Sun-Times file photo
Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios saw no opposition in his bid for a fifth term as chairman of the Cook County Democratic Party.
Visitors to the Empress Casino crowd the craps table while other play the slot machines in Joliet in this May 2003 file photo. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
A massive casino in the heart of Chicago’s downtown was the topic on the mind of state lawmakers during an hourslong hearing Wednesday across the street from Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office.
The slow pace of fundraising by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has allies of Mayor Rahm Emanuel convinced she does not plan to challenge him for mayor. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s camp is more convinced than ever that Toni Preckwinkle is not planning to run for mayor after perusing the Cook County Board president’s latest campaign financing report.
Chicago Ald. Will Burns (4th, left) and Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd) confer during the City Council meeting in March. | Chandler West/For Sun-Times Media
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to raise property taxes by $250 million to shore up the Municipal Employees and Laborers pension funds — and a looming, $600 million payment to stabilize police and fire pension funds — has aldermen looking under every rock for alternative sources of revenue.
About a fifth of all marriage licenses issued so far in Cook County are to couples from outside Illinois. In all, 23 other states are listed on the licenses. About 950 applications had been filed by Tuesday, with the number expected to reach 1,000 by Friday, according to the Cook County clerk's office.
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