Commissioners approved a contentious labor vote just days ahead of the Mar. 20 primary, a move longtime Comm. Deborah Sims (D-5) said was intentionally scheduled to add pressure on commissioners facing union-backed challengers. “This is bad, it’s ugly, and it’s not fair, and I think it’s personal.”

South suburban mayors and managers line the back wall of the Cook County Board room, many in opposition to changes to prevailing wage rules they say will drive up costs at sorely needed developments. Credit: A.D. Quig, The Daily Line

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