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Reader contributor Ted Cox has been named deputy director of communications to Toni Preckwinkle, president of the Cook County Board. He starts July 5.

Cox was covering Cook County government for the Daily Herald when he was laid off by the Herald in March. In addition to whatever his day job happened to be at the time, he wrote a sports column for this paper from 1983 to 2008. His last major Reader feature was this profile of county commissioner Jerry “Iceman” Butler in April.