Cook County Board passes ‘just housing’ amendment

The measure, which will take effect in November, will ensure that housing providers don’t consider certain aspects of someone’s criminal record — such as arrests, juvenile records, and sealed and expunged records — when making housing determinations. Commissioner Brandon Johnson, an Austin resident who was elected to the board last year, was the chief sponsor of the amendment.

Ex-alderman attempting comeback

After going to prison on corruption charges, Ike Carothers said his 11-year tenure on the Chicago City Council makes him the best choice for the Cook County Board.