Commissioner Larry Suffredin
A Cook County commissioner has proposed the county help non-violent criminal defendants post their bail, in order to ease overcrowding at the jail.
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.
Cook County commissioners have lifted the long-standing bans on juggling, fortune telling and acrobatic feats in the forest preserves – even if you’re a “known” thief, burglar, pickpocket or robber.
Many Cook County government offices were closed on Friday in the first of five government shutdown days this year to help the county save $3.5 million.