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Hillary, You Are No Richard Nixon

Our 37th president, the late Richard M. Nixon, was a terribly flawed man – a fact corroborated by many of the people closely associated with him during his troubled presidency. 416 more words

U.S. Politics

Experts and Detainees Urge Reducing Use of Pretrial Detention in Cook County

On November 17, 2016, the Cook County Board of Commissioners held a public hearing on the use of monetary bond in the Cook County. Specifically, the hearing gathered evidence and testimony on the unconstitutionality of the current practice of detaining people pretrial simply as a result of their inability to pay bond and explored alternatives. 2,518 more words

Criminal Justice

Local 700 CCDOC Member Elected to Cook County Pension Board

Robert “Bob” DeGraff, a Cook County correctional officer, successfully beat out the competition to win a seat on the Cook County Pension Board during the annual Trustee Election on Wednesday, Oct. 183 more words

Cook County

Cook County Paid Sick Leave Gets Barrington Asterisk

Here’s a new one. A paid sick leave patchwork within a paid sick leave patch! Well, why not?

In October 2016, Cook County passed its… 320 more words

Paid Sick Days

Owls Become More Visible As Nights Become Longer

CHICAGO (CBS) — There’s one positive about it getting dark so early.

It means more time to look for owls. WBBM’s Nancy Harty reports.

The Cook County Forest Preserves said of the eight species native to Illinois, at least three live in this area. 120 more words


Soda Taxes Prompt High Fives from Health Advocates

Soda companies poured substantial funding into fighting soda taxes on some 2016 ballots, but four cities and one county passed related measures. San Francisco, Oakland, and Albany, California and Boulder, Colorado all passed soda taxes on Tuesday. 527 more words

Cook County Board Approves Proposed Sugary Beverages Tax

CHICAGO (CBS) — This is not some little tax you will not notice.

Quenching your thirst will shrink your wallet. And the county hopes it will shrink your waistline too. 265 more words