Cook County Commissioner Scuffles With Bike ThiefCommissioner John Fritchey said he was driving north on LaSalle Street on Monday, when he noticed a man on an old bike, pulling the tire off another bike.
Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey Pushes Anti-Sweatshop OrdinanceModeled after an anti-sweatshop law in Chicago, the ordinance proposed by Commissioner John Fritchey (D-12th) would require companies that sell goods and clothing to the county to sign affidavits asserting they and their subcontractors are free of sweatshop labor.
Lawmakers Propose $100 Cap For Bail Bond Processing FeesIf 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.
Cook County Approves Puppy Mill BanCounty 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.
County Panel Backs Switch To Electronic Records For Court SystemThe 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.
Parents Say School Cuts Have Them Considering Move To SuburbsA 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.
County Commissioners Back Gun, Cigarette, Gambling Taxes To Balance BudgetThe 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.
Fritchey Wants Sheriff To Take Over Indigent BurialsA 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.
County Board Delays Vote On Making It Easier To Fire Medical ExaminerThe 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.
Pastors Decry Conditions At Medical Examiner's OfficeChicago 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.
Preckwinkle Outlines Reforms At County MorgueCook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today will outline proposals for big changes at the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.
44 Bodies Have Lain In Morgue For At Least 10 MonthsThe Cook County Board President's office says a staggering 44 bodies have been in the morgue cooler for 10 months or longer, awaiting burial.