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A puppy mill. (File Photo Credit: Humane Society of the United States)

Cook County Approves Puppy Mill Ban

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.

04/10/2014

Photo Of Cook County Sheriff's Police Patch (Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Cook County To Settle Deputies’ Suit Vs. Sheriff Dart For $2.4M

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.

02/14/2014

Al Sanchez

Ex-Con Al Sanchez Can’t Run For County Board, Elections Panel Rules

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.

01/16/2014

Al Sanchez

Opponents Seek To Toss Ex-Con Sanchez Tossed From County Board Race

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.

01/09/2014

Cook County Seal

County Panel Backs Switch To Electronic Records For Court System

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.

10/11/2013

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Cook County Board Reduces Business Use Tax

The Cook County Board has voted to cut a tax that primarily affects business purchases made outside of the county.

06/20/2013

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Democratic Committeemen Pick Stanley Moore To Replace Beavers, Despite Fine

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.

04/11/2013

John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County

County To Pay $20M To Settle Lawsuit Over Boy’s Brain Damage

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.

WBBM Newsradio–02/05/2013

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Cook County Commissioners Approve New Gun Control Measure

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.

WBBM Newsradio–02/05/2013

Firearms for sale at an area gun shop. (CBS)

Emanuel, Quinn, Preckwinkle Laud President’s Gun Control Plan

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.

CBS Chicago–01/16/2013

Cook County commissioners vote on the 2013 budget plan on Nov. 9, 2012. (Credit: CBS)

County Approves Gun, Gambling, Cigarette Tax Hikes; Lower Sales Tax

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.

CBS Chicago–11/09/2012

Cook County government seal (CBS)

County Commissioners Back Gun, Cigarette, Gambling Taxes To Balance Budget

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.

WBBM Newsradio–11/03/2012

A woman lights up. (file/AFP Getty Images)

Preckwinkle: Cigarette Tax Hike Would Save Lives

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.

WBBM Newsradio–10/23/2012

Video Poker machine. (CBS)

Governor Thinks County Should Hold Off On Video Gambling Tax

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.

WBBM Newsradio–10/16/2012

Cook County Seal

Report: Tax, Fee Increases Under Consideration To Balance County Budget

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.

CBS Chicago–09/26/2012

Shadow Of A Cemetery Worker (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Fritchey Wants Sheriff To Take Over Indigent Burials

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.

CBS Chicago–05/10/2012

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County Commissioners Crack Down On Own Expense Accounts

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.

CBS Chicago–05/02/2012

Forest Preserve

Forest Preserve Plans To Borrow Money To Add Land, Upgrade Facilities

Cook County Forest Preserve officials expect to add more land this year, and also make repairs to some picnic enclosures.

CBS Chicago–04/05/2012

Cook County Board

County Considers New Fines For Drug Paraphernalia, Snow Dumping, Public Urination

The Cook County Board is considering enacting new fines for a variety of offenses from public urination to illegal refrigerator dumping.

CBS Chicago–04/04/2012

CBS 2 obtained this photo of bagged bodies stacked at the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office, which is over its storage capacity.

County Board Imposes New Restrictions On Medical Examiner

The Cook County Board on Monday imposed new rules and regulations on the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office to address the recent scandal in which bodies were found stacked in an overflowing cooler and otherwise mishandled.

CBS Chicago–03/01/2012

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