Cook County

  • Rahm fired up about--but wouldn't fire--Forrest Claypool

    8 December 2017

    Just before the resignation of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) CEO Forrest Claypool, Dave Glowacz and the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky examined how Claypool got to be the CPS chief—and why Mayor Emanuel protects him.

  • Ben Joravsky's guide to asking tough questions

    5 November 2017

    Dave Glowacz interviews the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky about Ben's recent radio experience. Ben and Dave explore how journalists develop trust with the people they interview—including how and when to call bullshit.

    Dave and Ben discuss Ben's technique for interviewees who duck the question; Ben's growing reluctance to write direct quotes; and whether Ben gives former Gov. Pat Quinn a pass on Quinn's actions—compared to those of Gov. Bruce Rauner. Length 6.1 minutes standard, 24 minutes premium.

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    Article: "How Bruce Rauner is trying to cripple the Democratic Party" (Chicago Reader)

  • Crawford elected, but can't be a judge

    9 November 2016

    Voters have elected Rhonda Crawford as a Cook County judge—but she can't take the bench, thanks to a ruling by the Illinois Supreme Court.

  • Last-minute help for voting in the Nov. 2016 election

    4 November 2016

    Here's Inside Chicago Government's last-minute help for voting in the November, 2016 election.

  • Using lawyers' ratings to vote for judges

    29 October 2016

    Interview with a curious voter on how, step by step, to use bar association recommendations to guide your votes for Cook County judge candidates.

  • Property taxes: who to blame and why to care

    25 November 2015

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on how go-along taxpayers subsidize DIY taxpayers, and more.

  • Justice group reckons checkered records

    23 January 2015

    Interview with the Chicago Justice Project's Tracy Siska about "Convicted in Cook," an analysis of Cook County conviction data.

  • Why and how we vote for judges

    31 October 2014

    Baffling: That's what one writer called the slew of judges appearing on ballots for the fall state/county election. While the rest of the ballot seems pretty clear, voters inevitably have questions about the many pages of judicial candidates. Here are those questions, along with our answers.

  • State/county election brings choice insights

    30 October 2014

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on the Sun-Times Rauner endorsement and McKinney resignation as a low moment in Chicago journalism, and more.

  • Preckwinkle takes on detention

    19 February 2014

    Cook County board president Tony Preckwinkle is poised to seize a job that's done by the man who wears the sheriff's star: responsibility for putting jail detainees on electronic monitoring.

  • Tracking TIF's tall tales

    25 July 2013

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on the actual amount of the city's TIF surplus, and more.

  • Court clerk: "As bad a bureaucracy gets"

    10 June 2013

    A report by the Better Government Association says Clerk of the Circuit Court Dorothy Brown tried—and failed—to hike revenues for a government office that's "as bad as a bureaucracy gets."

  • Inspector general fix introduced

    14 May 2013

    Members of the Chicago City Council recently introduced laws that aim to strengthen the city's Office of Inspector General. How did this set of legislation come about, and what are its prospects?

  • Taxation by obfuscation

    13 December 2012

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on what, exactly, CivicLab will reveal about tax-increment financing districts, and more.

  • New County Recorder tried illegal hiring influence

    3 December 2012

    The new Cook County Recorder of Deeds Karen Yarbrough tried to illegally influence hiring before taking office, according to a federal monitor.

  • The Grow House Next Door

    9 August 2012

    Interview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on the two forms of justice and more.

  • Do the Math

    24 November 2010

    coinsInterview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky about how Cook County's property tax system pacifies the public, and more.

  • Post-Stroger Politics

    21 October 2010

    strogerInterview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on how Chicagoans use county government, and more.

  • No White Knight, No Silver Bullet

    14 October 2010

    knightInterview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on how to remedy the over-reliance on property taxes, and more.

  • He Doesn't Have to Outrun the Bear

    29 April 2010

    Forrest ClaypoolInterview with the Chicago Reader's Ben Joravsky on whether candidates who don't run in a primary should have a harder time running in the general election, and more.

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