Cook County Board President
Four top Cook County officials offered a wide spectrum of opinions Thursday as they talked about resolving problems in the criminal justice system, though all agreed too many people charged with minor crimes end up locked up in jail.
Illinois judges used to decide whether a young suspect was tried as an adult or a juvenile. Preckwinkle wants to undo a 1982 change in state law which makes transfers for some felony charges automatic – for example, in cases of rape or murder.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has ruled out challenging Mayor Rahm Emanuel in next year’s mayoral election.
For months, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis has said she’s considering a run for mayor. Now she has taken another step toward jumping in the race.
Dr. John Jay Shannon, interim CEO of the Cook County Health and Hospitals System said the county’s not just running hospitals and clinics, it now has its own Medicaid-managed care plan, called CountyCare.
County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Sheriff Tom Dart have sought alternate arrangements such as home monitoring for inmates charged with non-violent crimes, but Alvarez expressed reservations to a broad-brush approach to releasing such inmates.
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.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle fired another shot at Cook County’s Chief Judge Timothy Evans Monday, proposing to cut off the nearly-free health insurance the county offers to judges.
Plans to charge motorists a daily fee at the city’s criminal courthouse garage and suburban facilities are “on hold” at the moment, but there’s a possibility that personnel and other visitors may have to shell out the bucks for parking later this year.
Another Metra board member may be on the verge of being forced from his seat.
Local officials say a program to help low–income families connect to the Internet has become the most successful such effort in the nation.
Cook County Board Preident Toni Preckwinkle said Thursday she is troubled that the Chicago Public Schools reportedly plan to close about 50 schools this year.
The Cook County Board has approved a $20 million settlement for the family of a toddler who suffered severe brain damage after surgery at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County.
The Cook County Board has approved imposing fines of up to $2,000 on gun owners who fail to inform police if a gun is stolen, lost, or transferred to someone else.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said Monday that she’s endorsing state Sen. Toi Hutchinson in the race to replace former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. over her former staffer, state Rep. Robin Kelly.
The president announced he will press Congress to pass legislation requiring background checks on all gun purchases; reinstate the ban on military-style assault weapons; renew a 10-round limit on the size of ammunition magazines; and prohibit the possession, transfer, manufacture, or import of armor-piercing bullets.
Gun owners in Chicago and suburban Cook County may have new incentives for keeping better track of their weapons.
It’s not very often that we hear about taxes going down, but on Wednesday, retailers and elected officials were celebrating the final roll-back of Cook County’s sales tax increase pushed through by former County Board President Todd Stroger in 2008.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel responded gently on Monday to criticisms of his crime-fighting strategy leveled at him last week by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is apparently considering targeted tax and fee increases and cost cutting to close a $115 million deficit in next year’s county budget.