Cook County Board Expected To Consider Sales Tax Hike Next WeekBoard 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.
Report: Preckwinkle Pitching Sales Tax IncreaseThe 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.
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.
Cook County To Settle Deputies' Suit Vs. Sheriff Dart For $2.4MThe 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.
Ex-Con Al Sanchez Can't Run For County Board, Elections Panel RulesThe 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.
Opponents Seek To Toss Ex-Con Sanchez Tossed From County Board RaceA 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.
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.
Cook County Board Reduces Business Use TaxThe Cook County Board has voted to cut a tax that primarily affects business purchases made outside of the county.
Democratic Committeemen Pick Stanley Moore To Replace Beavers, Despite FineDemocratic 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.
County To Pay $20M To Settle Lawsuit Over Boy's Brain DamageThe 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.
Cook County Commissioners Approve New Gun Control MeasureThe 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.
Emanuel, Quinn, Preckwinkle Laud President's Gun Control PlanThe 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.