Cook County Board
Board President Toni Preckwinkle is seeking to reinstate the tax — first enacted during the administration of predecessor Todd Stroger — primarily to cover the county’s pension shortfall.
The Cook County Board president campaigned in 2010 in opposition to a one cent tax increase adopted in 2008. After winning, she moved to roll back the tax, eliminating it in 2013.
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 is expected to settle a federal lawsuit brought by 21 deputies who allege Sheriff Tom Dart retaliated against them because they backed his political opponent when he was running sheriff in 2006.
The former Streets and Sanitation commissioner had hoped to make his return to politics by taking advantage of a quirk in Illinois law that allows convicted felons to run for county and statewide office.
A hearing examiner heard two hours of arguments Wednesday from attorneys who argued whether former Chicago Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Al Sanchez should be allowed to run for Cook County Board commissioner.
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.
The Cook County Board has voted to cut a tax that primarily affects business purchases made outside of the county.
Democratic bosses in Cook County have chosen Stanley Moore, a former state transportation official, to replace convicted County Commissioner William Beavers, even though Moore had recent ethics issues of his own.
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.
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.
The cost of smoking, buying guns, and playing the slots in Cook County will be going up next year, but the county is also getting rid of the final portion of the hated 2008 sales tax hike.
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.
County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said Tuesday that she’s not simply trying to raise revenue by seeking a $1-per-pack cigarette tax hike, she’s trying to save lives.
Gov. Pat Quinn said Tuesday an idea to tax each slot machine and video gambling machine in Cook County ought to wait until he sits down with the legislative leaders to talk gambling expansion.
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.
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.
From now on, Cook County commissioners will have to buy liquor out of their own pockets and submit other expenses to the ethics board for reimbursement.
Cook County Forest Preserve officials expect to add more land this year, and also make repairs to some picnic enclosures.