Todd Portune

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Current and former Hamilton County commissioners Monday dedicated the county administration building in honor of Todd Portune on the one-year anniversary of his death.

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Hundreds of family, friends and colleagues gathered Monday at the Duke Energy Convention Center for the funeral of retired Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune.

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Hamilton County commissioners honored retired Commissioner Todd Portune with a moment of silence before their weekly meeting Thursday. Portune, who was 61, died last weekend after a lengthy battle with cancer.

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Funeral services for retired Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune will be Monday, Feb. 3, at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Downtown Cincinnati.

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Cincinnati lost two pillars of the community this weekend.

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Todd Portune, who spent nearly 30 years in local office, died at his home in Green Township Saturday, according to a statement from his family. He was 61.

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There's clearly something in the DNA of Democrats in Hamilton County that makes them unable, or unwilling, to believe that they are sitting in the catbird seat.

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Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune Monday submitted his resignation letter to the county's administrator and human resources director.

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Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune has made a recommendation for his temporary successor. Victoria Parks has been Portune's chief of staff since 2016. She tells WVXU the honor is "bittersweet."

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The Hamilton County commissioners are renaming the county administration building in Downtown Cincinnati the Todd B. Portune Center for County Government.

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There was a time when the leaders of the Democratic Party in Hamilton County had to crawl on their hands and knees and beg people to run for county offices.

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Longtime Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune, who is battling cancer, has said he will resign by the end of the year. He would like to choose his replacement, who would presumably run for a full four-year term in 2020.

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Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune announced Thursday he'll be leaving the board by the end of the year.

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Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley said the city is on the rise and doing better than any time in his lifetime. Cranley delivered his "State of the City" address to an audience of city officials, elected leaders and guests at Memorial Hall Wednesday evening.

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Two weeks ago, Hamilton County commissioner Todd Portune, a Democrat, held a press conference to announce that his cancer was spreading and that he would not be running for re-election in 2020.

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On Jan. 25, 2020, Todd Portune, who spent nearly 30 years in office as a Hamilton County commissioner, died at his home in Green Township, according to a statement from his family. He was 61. 

After more than a quarter century in office, a popular local politician is retiring following a return of cancer. Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune’s career has seen him defy the odds, being elected as a Democrat before that was the norm in the region’s most populous but, for generations, heavily Republican county. In a teary announcement Thursday, he said that while cancer is derailing his plans to seek reelection, he will finish his current term.

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Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune announced Thursday he won't seek re-election next year.  He told supporters his cancer has returned and a round of chemotherapy treatments has not stopped it from spreading.

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When I started covering politics in these parts 37 years ago, it would have been hard to imagine a day when the Republicans were on the outside of Hamilton County government looking in.

That day has come.

Commissioner Todd Portune Returns To Business As Usual

May 23, 2019
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Hamilton County Commission voted unanimously on an initiative impacting homelessness. Commissioner Todd Portune joined the other commissioners after being out for neck surgery.

Hamilton County Commission Relocates Thursday's Meeting, Again

May 22, 2019
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After questions about moving the Hamilton County commissioners meeting to the Daniel Drake Center, Thursday's meeting will be held at the Hamilton County Administration building.

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Todd Portune will be undergoing more chemotherapy. The Hamilton County commission president was hospitalized in April and his left leg removed to stop a tumor from spreading. Portune calls this chemotherapy "precautionary."

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A week after a Hamilton County sales tax was withdrawn, commissioners are bracing for a budget based on deep cuts.

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Hamilton County voters won't get a chance this November to decide on whether they want to increase the sales tax next year. And they likely won't have to worry about paying two-tenths of a cent more during purchases in 2019 either. Commissioners rescinded the sales tax increase, under threat of a lawsuit.

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Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) has to submit a Phase Two plan for consent decree work by Saturday, but the two organizations that own and operate the utility are still negotiating over what to submit.

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The federal judge overseeing the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) consent decree has again told Cincinnati and Hamilton County leaders to work together. Judge Michael Barrett says if the two entities can't, he'll make decisions and they probably won't like them.

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We may find out next week if Futbol Club Cincinnati will win its bid for a Major League Soccer franchise. But what will a new soccer stadium actually cost Cincinnati taxpayers, and how will it affect the West End community? Cincinnati City Council Member Christopher Smitherman calls for a return to two-year council terms. Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune attends his first commission meeting while continuing rehab from his leg amputation. And possible changes are coming to the Cincinnati streetcar.

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Todd Portune is back to work—sort of. The Hamilton County commission president has been hospitalized since his left leg was amputated April 16. Commissioners held a meeting at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center Wednesday morning to accommodate him.

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Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune will have his left leg amputated to rid his body of cancer.

Hamilton County commissioners may ask the county prosecutor to investigate steps the board can take to curb gun violence.

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