Vengeful politician seeks to bankrupt group that won a court order against a new tax

Ever since Sean Connery uttered the words "the Chicago way," the rest of humanity has been on notice that a different rulebook applies to the territory around the confluence of the Chicago River and Lake Michigan.  "He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue!  That's the Chicago way."  The boundaries of this moral universe apparently extend all the way to the county line, as Cook County Board president Toni Preckwinkle has filed a jaw-dropping lawsuit. Greg Hinze of Crain's Chicago Business writes: Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is sending a strong message to anyone who wants to mess with her pop tax: Don't. In an action a judge said could have "a chilling effect" on government and citizens' rights, county attorneys are seeking $17 million in damages from the Illinois Retail Merchants Association, the group that, with a couple of co-plaintiffs,...(Read Full Post)