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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle (Chicago Tonight file photo) and Ald. Ed Burke (AP Photo / M. Spencer Green, File)

A footnote in the 37-page criminal complaint against Ald. Ed Burke is causing a headache for Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle as she seeks to become Chicago’s next mayor.

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“Toni Preckwinkle is doing what a party boss does,” mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot said Monday, Dec. 17, 2018.

Election officials and campaigns are in a frenzy to sort out who will be on the mayoral ballot in February, and things likely won’t let up until well into the new year.

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“I’m proud to receive the support of the Chicago Teachers Union, of SEIU Healthcare, of SEIU 73,” said Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle secures a mayoral endorsement from the Chicago Teachers Union as candidates stake out positions on an elected CPS board. 

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Toni Preckwinkle appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Oct. 16, 2017.

Although she announced her run for mayor in September, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle pushed forward in an uncontested re-election bid. How other county races look for Democrats.

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Toni Preckwinkle

“While we’ve made tremendous progress, there’s more work to do to improve the health and safety of our residents in every neighborhood,” Toni Preckwinkle says. Learn more about this candidate.

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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle takes questions from the media after announcing her mayoral campaign on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2019. (Chicago Tonight)

A major new candidate is in the race to replace Rahm Emanuel as mayor of Chicago, but her announcement comes amid controversy over the conduct of one of her top staff members.

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Toni Preckwinkle appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Oct. 16, 2017.

As Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle presided over a regularly-scheduled board meeting Tuesday, loyalists were beginning to circulate petitions to nominate Preckwinkle for Chicago mayor. 

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Cook County Board President and former Ald. Bob Fioretti appear on “Chicago Tonight” on March 7, 2018.

Despite a challenge from former Chicago alderman and unsuccessful mayoral candidate Bob Fioretti, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will once again take the top post in Cook County for what she says will be her final term.

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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and former Ald. Bob Fioretti appear on “Chicago Tonight” in October and November 2017, respectively.

A candidate forum ahead of the March 20 primary features the incumbent and her challenger, a former Chicago alderman.

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Toni Preckwinkle

“While we’ve made tremendous progress, there’s more work to do to improve the health and safety of our residents in every neighborhood,” Toni Preckwinkle writes. Learn more about this candidate.

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The field to take on Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is growing. Todd Stroger, who formerly held the post, is announcing plans to run for his old office next year.

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Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia (D-Chicago) speaks with “Chicago Tonight” in February 2017.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle can expect easy passage of a revised spending plan, though Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia said he hasn’t made up his mind about how he’ll vote.

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In the wake of the much-maligned sweetened beverage tax, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s re-election no longer appears certain. Why Bob Fioretti believes Cook County needs new leadership.

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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on why the soda tax failed—and what’s next.

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The Cook County board president used her annual budget address Thursday to warn commissioners and the public that repealing a tax on sugary drinks will take the county down a path of “fiscal uncertainty” that will result in layoffs and cutting “essential services.”

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The Cook County sweetened beverage tax has had a challenging rollout, but Toni Preckwinkle doesn’t appear to be backing down. And she’s found a deep-pocketed supporter of the tax who’s helping with a media campaign.

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