Palatine Still Considering Quitting Cook County

PALATINE, Ill. (CBS) — Although new Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle says she will roll back completely the county tax hike enacted three years ago, the northwest suburb of Palatine is still thinking of quitting the county over high taxes.

The Chicago Tribune reported that Palatine officials have asked to meet with Cook County board members over possible secession.

Palatine officials are questioning how it benefits from the $20 million a year in tax revenue the village gives to Cook County, the Tribune reported.

Serious discussion of secession by Palatine dates back to January 2008, when then-County Board President Todd Stroger passed a 1 percent hike in the county sales tax to balance the budget. The hike brought the sales tax in Chicago to the highest level in the country.

The board later voted to roll back half of the sales tax hike, and Preckwinkle campaigned on a promise to eliminate the hike altogether.

Palatine has discussed either forming its own county or joining neighboring Lake County. In 2009, voters in Palatine Township approved a non-binding referendum in favor of leaving Cook County, as did Barrington and Hanover townships, the Tribune reported.

But the legal process for seceding from a county will likely be challenging, given that it would require a countywide vote. A Palatine lawmaker has introduced a bill to simplify the process, the Tribune reported.

  • Jim

    That would be the smart thing to do. I avoid paying CrOOK County taxes like the plaque! It’s much cheaper to drive north 5 or 10 minutes and save some serious $$!

  • Philip J. Wayne

    I have an idea… about Cook county cutting off Palatine from access to public transportation, jobs and entertainment that is provided by the City of Chicago. I think that would be fair….let them go elsewhere…how about that?

  • stein

    Fine cut off Palatine, the majority of the village residents don’t use Cook County resources anyway! When was the last time you went down to Cook County Hospital! The county still has not gotten around to plowing their road in Palatine yet. Or fixing the Cook County Intersection they want to mount cameras in. One thing is for sure if Palatine leaves, others will follow and Cook County will fall like a house of cards.

  • Wayne Philip

    Anybody smart enough to live in Palatine and not the City of Chicago wouldn’t have any interest in anything that is provided by the City of Chicago – public transportation, jobs…you name it.

  • knappydawg

    Cook county doesn’t even want to be a part of cook county!!

  • Menocu

    What did Palatine do, the intersection at Rand and Dundee near the Target with those Giant Street lights, it’s looks like complete shi%. It’s so ugly. Nice planning on that. it’s completely hideous.

  • S.

    Hmmmmm…..maybe Chicago should leave Cook County?

  • DuPage

    Cook County is a hole!

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