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Toni Preckwinkle appears on "Chicago Tonight" on Feb. 17.

Reaction to Gov. Bruce Rauner's second budget address from Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, who says no state budget means layoffs are around the corner.

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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle won a victory Wednesday after the county board narrowly signed off on her controversial sales tax hike, but there might be some legal and political risks. We’ll talk with the Civic Federation president Laurence Msall and Nick Kachiroubas, an assistant professor at DePaul University’s School of Public Service.

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Cook County Commissioners approved Wednesday a 1-percent increase in the county portion of the sales tax, which brings Chicago’s sales tax to 10.25 percent. President Toni Preckwinkle’s proposed penny-on-the-dollar sales tax was approved by a vote of 9-7.

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The Cook County Board will soon vote on whether or not to increase the sales tax, as proposed by Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle. Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer and Cook County CFO Ivan Samstein join us tonight to share their thoughts on the proposed tax hike.

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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle went to Springfield to make a personal pitch for Cook County pension reform. The bill passed in the Senate, but hit a road block in the House this session. Preckwinkle joins host Phil Ponce to discuss the next steps, more. 

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A plan to rescue the pension system of Cook County workers could be on the fast track in pension-weary Springfield. So much so that County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is putting her reputation on the line to lobby state lawmakers and the governor to get it done in the waning days of the general assembly spring session. Will it happen? 

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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle

Critics say the current Cook County policy has allowed undocumented immigrants accused of crimes to go back into the community, instead of being turned over to immigration officials. Paris Schutz has the story.