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Preckwinkle pursues back taxes from parking lot operators

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is taking another look at the county’s parking lot and garage tax, auditing private parking companies to potentially collect millions in back taxes. The county has already brought in about $700,000 related to disallowed residential parking exemptions discovered through the auditing process, Nick Shields, a spokesman for Preckwinkle, said […]

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Gery Chico introduces himself to voters and attacks rivals in 2 TV ads in Chicago mayor’s race

Gery Chico on Thursday will become the third candidate in the Chicago mayor’s race to take his campaign to the TV airwaves, and the first to launch an attack ad. Chico’s campaign said it is releasing a pair of ads that will air over the next three weeks as part of a $1 million broadcast and […]

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Gery Chico would fire Chicago police superintendent, consider suing Indiana and Wisconsin over gun law enforcement

If elected Chicago’s mayor, Gery Chico said he’d consider suing neighboring states in hopes of curbing illegal gun trafficking into the city. A Chico administration would first try working with Indiana and Wisconsin to more strictly enforce existing firearm laws before taking the matter to the courts, he said. “It’s a potential. I hope it doesn’t come […]

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Chico promises to fire Police Supt. Eddie Johnson, rebuild trust if elected

Mayoral candidate Gery Chico would immediately fire Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson as part of his public safety plan, unveiled Thursday. Chico says the search for a new chief will begin as soon as he’s declared the winner. “The trust between police and communities has broken down, and we need someone who is going to lead […]

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