Commissioner John Fritchey
If a criminal defendant posts bail to go free pending trial, county clerks across the state keep 10 percent of the money as a processing fee, no matter the crime, even if charges are later dropped.
County commissioners voted 15-0 to prohibit pet shops from selling dogs, cats, and rabbits from large commercial breeders. The ban would go into effect in suburban Cook County in October, seven months earlier than a similar ban in the city of Chicago.
The Cook County Board’s Technology Committee has voted that it’s time to stop tracking court cases, prisoners, and trials using carbon paper and sticky notes.
A group of parents and several local elected officials teamed up Tuesday to call for an end to severe budget cuts at the Chicago Public Schools.
The Cook County Board Finance Committee on Friday approved $41.7 million in new tax levies, including a controversial $25 tax on the sale of a gun anywhere in the county, and a $1-a-pack increase in the cigarette tax.
A Cook County commissioner wants the county sheriff to take over some of the duties of burying indigent and unidentified people, after a backlog at the county morgue led to more than 300 bodies being stacked up at the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office earlier this year.
The Cook County Board has decided to slow down on taking away Cook County Medical Examiner Nancy Jones’ job-for-life status over the scandal involving bodies stacked on top of one another at the morgue.
Chicago pastors and other religious leaders are all heading to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office Friday morning, demanding that officials clean up deplorable conditions inside.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today will outline proposals for big changes at the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.
The Cook County Board President’s office says a staggering 44 bodies have been in the morgue cooler for 10 months or longer, awaiting burial.