HYDE PARK - Friday afternoon, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced she and her husband are ending their marriage after 44 years.
“It is with a heavy heart that today, after much thought and consideration, I am announcing that my husband and I have decided to divorce after 44 years of marriage,” Preckwinkle said in a statement. “This is a mutual decision. Please respect my privacy, as well as that of my family. There will be no further comment on this matter.”
President Preckwinkle, who jealously guards her private life, is running for re-election in 2014. A local newspaper reported her husband Zeus retired this past May from teaching 7th and 8th grade math and science at Hyde Park's Ancona School.