Debating debates, DREAM Act, and DADTMissed anything this week in Chicago-area politics? Never fear! WBEZ elections producer Kristin Moo here, and I’ve beefed up my Google Reader and perked up my ears to keep track for you.
In her inaugural speech Monday, the new President of the Cook County Board laid out her agenda: To cut costs and close the estimated $487 million deficit. Toni Preckwinkle vowed to streamline County business and presented a timeline for rolling back the remaining half-penny sales tax hike.
Top story: Mr. Jerry Roper (head of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce) is pushing the state to approve - and for Governor Quinn to sign off on - a casino in Chicago. He says the best spot? Block 37. How awesome would that be?
The new Cook County Board, sworn in Monday, is promising to be more civil than its predecessor.So far, they're all getting along. But the county board hasn't always been the friendliest of places. It has a history of spawning some epic political rivalries.
Toni Preckwinkle is now officially the first elected female to serve as Cook County Board President. She took the oath of office this morning.A lot of the ceremony was back-slapping and smiles, but in her inaugural address, Preckwinkle addressed some policies she wants to adopt.
Chicago's top headlines, piped straight to your earbuds.In today's episode: Preckwinkle calls for big county budget cuts; imagining post-steel Gary, Ind.; a dark anniversary for Milli Vanilli.It's all the news that's fit to podcast. Click above to listen.