The quiet candidate

1st District hopeful Brenda Smith declined to talk about her candidacy. She’s worked for the outgoing commissioner and has ties to one of the other candidates.

Cook County Board race heats up

Attorney Richard Boykin claimed property tax homeowner exemptions he wasn’t entitled to. He’s one of five candidates vying to replace retiring Commissioner Earlean Collins.

Commissioner declines to take unpaid days

Earlean Collins, who represents Austin on the 17-member Cook County Board, reversed her earlier decision. Most of the county’s 23,000-some workers are taking furlough days to help balance the budget.