WBEZ | Commissioners http://www.wbez.org/tags/commissioners Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Year 25: Toni Preckwinkle http://www.wbez.org/series/year-25/year-25-toni-preckwinkle-106274 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/tonipreckwinkle20s.jpg" style="float: right; width: 240px; height: 300px;" title="20-something Toni Preckwinkle" /></p><p>Many of you know Toni Preckwinkle as a longtime Chicago politician. Currently, she&#39;s Cook County Board President, a seat she&#39;s held since 2010.</p><p>Before that, she served for almost 20 years&nbsp;as alderman of the 4th ward.</p><div><div>But where was she at 25? That&#39;s something you might not know.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>She was just a few years out of college (she got both her Bachelor&#39;s and Master&#39;s degrees from the University of Chicago) and was working as a history teacher in Englewood.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>At the time, she figured she would continue teaching for the rest of her career. Maybe she&#39;d become a principal, but she thought she&#39;d stay in education.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>But life took her in a different direction.&nbsp;</div><p>President Preckwinkle joined Rick Kogan and WBEZ Producer Lauren Chooljian on the Afternoon Shift recently to talk about how teaching, though not a life-long career, has informed who she is today.</p><hr /><p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 18px;"><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/year25">Year 25: Sharing stories from a milestone age</a>.</em></span></span></p><hr /><p>&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Fplaylists%2F3821524&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 12:54:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/year-25/year-25-toni-preckwinkle-106274 Local leaders flex political power during tough times http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-27/local-leaders-flex-political-power-during-tough-times-92505 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-September/2011-09-27/Cook County Board.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Furlough days caused a stir recently at the <a href="http://www.cookcountygov.com/" target="_blank">Cook County Board</a> as some commissioners balked at giving up a <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/furlough-debate-threatens-stymie-budget-negotiations-cook-county-board-92336" target="_blank">day of work</a>. The move did not impress Board President <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-19/president-preckwinkle-anticipates-tough-choices-cook-county-budget-92155" target="_blank">Toni Preckwinkle</a>. Meanwhile, aldermanic-adventures at City Hall raised some eyebrows: A few aldermen took <a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/traveling-aldermen-coast-past-city-ethics-rules/" target="_blank">trips overseas recently</a> – though not on the taxpayers’ dime. Third parties served as underwriters for the trips, which city ethics guidelines deems appropriate under certain conditions. But by the book or not, were these moves appropriate during tight budget times? And what do they reveal about power at the city and county? <a href="http://www.ramsincanon.com/" target="_blank">Ramsin Canon</a>, political editor at <em><a href="http://www.gapersblock.com" target="_blank">Gaper’s Block,</a></em> joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to discuss these issues and more.</p><p><em>Music Button: Tommy Smith, "Karma", from the CD Karma, (Spartacus)</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 27 Sep 2011 15:20:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-27/local-leaders-flex-political-power-during-tough-times-92505