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Why Route 53 extension study now includes McHenry, Cook counties
By Mick Zawislak
Mar 16, 2018 6:27 AM
Study area for proposed Route 53/120 extension broadened as the Tri-County Access project
Berrios' assessor's office gives tax break to firm's lobbying client
By Chuck Neubauer and Sandy Bergo
Mar 9, 2018 8:53 AM
Tobacco giant Altria saved hundreds of thousands of dollars in property taxes as a result of an assessment break from the Cook County Assessor's office run by Joseph Berrios, who co-owns a lobbying business hired by the firm to represent its interests.
Study: Cook County assessments shift wealth from poor to rich
By Bob Susnjara
Feb 16, 2018 8:28 AM
Fundamental changes in the Cook County assessor's office are needed to end the transfer of wealth from poorer to richer homeowners and reduce an "unusually high number of appeals," according to an independent study released Thursday.
'Crazy.' 'Ridiculous.' Metra riders not happy with another fare hike
By Marni Pyke
Feb 1, 2018 8:50 AM
Metra riders used words like "crazy" and "ridiculous" to describe fares and service cuts as the agency instituted fare hikes it says are needed to keep operating.
Flu leading to suburban hospitals too crowded for ambulance patients
By Bob Susnjara
Jan 26, 2018 5:43 PM
Total influenza-associated intensive care unit admissions in hospitals through the first three weeks of this year were way up compared to the same time in the 2015-16 season, according to state health officials.
Did Cook County's failed soda tax cause sales taxes to fizzle, too?
By Jake Griffin
Jan 17, 2018 8:25 AM
Cook County generated far less than revenue officials estimated when they instituted a penny-per-ounce tax on sweetened beverages. The finally tally shows the tax not only brought in less than expected, but continued to decline at roughly $1 million a month during the four months it was being charged.
The sky's the limit: Wheeling High School students work on NASA project
By MJ Hurley
Jan 11, 2018 10:25 AM
Students across the U.S. dream of working for NASA one day -- for students in Wheeling High School's advanced engineering program, that dream is now a reality.
Southwest cancels nearly 90 flights at Midway airport
By James Fuller
Dec 29, 2017 7:14 AM
Winter weather fueled chaos as Southwest Airlines canceled flights departing from Midway International Airport Thursday.
Will property tax prepayments matter in all counties?
Dec 28, 2017 9:42 PM
Time is running out for taxpayers eager to get a jump on their property taxes before changes recently passed by Congress kick in -- but in Cook County, office hours are being extended to give them a hand.
Why the legal age to buy tobacco isn't going up to 21 everywhere
By Russell Lissau
Dec 27, 2017 9:04 AM
Efforts to boost the minimum age for buying cigarettes and other tobacco products to 21 have caught on in Lake and Cook counties far more than in the other collar counties.
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