Cook County Board

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

John Daley, William Beavers

County Board To Hold First Meeting Since Beavers’ Indictment

The Cook County Board on Thursday is holding its first meeting since Commissioner William Beavers (D-4th) was indicted by federal authorities on tax fraud charges.

CBS Chicago–03/01/2012

Cook County Jail

County Board To Discuss Policy On Illegal Immigrants In Jail

Expect heated debate on immigration issues at a Cook County Board hearing Thursday morning.

CBS Chicago–02/09/2012

Maggie Daley discusses her breast cancer diagnosis in 2002. (Credit: CBS)

Cook County Board Honors Maggie Daley

Cook County commissioners began their board meeting Wednesday with a tribute to the late Maggie Daley.

CBS Chicago–12/14/2011

Cook County government seal (CBS)

Cook County Board OK’s Budget With Tax And Fee Hikes

Hang onto to your wallets: The Cook County Board has passed a new budget, and, it’s going to cost you.


County Board Room

County Board Set To Vote On Preckwinkle’s Budget

The Cook County Board is holding a special meeting to vote on President Toni Preckwinkle’s 2012 budget.

CBS Chicago–11/18/2011

Cook County Seal

County Committee Shoots Down Proposed Rule For Budget Hearings

Cook County Commissioners shot down a proposal some members of the County Board say was a move toward transparency in the budget process.

WBBM Newsradio–11/01/2011

Cook County Seal

County Commissioners Refuse To Accept Pay Cut

Five Cook County commissioners are refusing to comply with an earlier board decision to take 10 days off without pay.


Cook County Jail

County To Free Illegal Immigrants Being Held On Minor Charges

Immigrant rights activists won a victory in Cook County Wednesday, as the County Board agreed to free illegal immigrants being held on lesser charges.

CBS Chicago–09/08/2011

Cook County Seal

County Board Approves Changes To Contracting Process

The Cook County Board has approved a new way of hiring consultants and making purchases, which actually reduces some of the board’s oversight.

WBBM Newsradio–09/08/2011

Photo Of Marijuana Plants. (AP Photo)

Cook County Expands Law To Issue Tickets For Small-Time Pot Busts

The Cook County Board has voted to extend marijuana decriminalization into all areas of Cook County patrolled by Sheriff’s police.

WBBM Newsradio–09/07/2011

Toni Preckwinkle

Preckwinkle Predicts More County Layoffs For Next Year

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said Wednesday that more layoffs are coming to help cover the county’s budget shortfall.

CBS Chicago–07/27/2011

Cook County Seal

Partisan Debt Standoff Spills Over Onto County Board

While the standoff between Democrats and Republicans continues in Washington over the debt ceiling and spending cuts, the partisan rhetoric is spilling over into local governmental debates as well.

WBBM Newsradio–07/13/2011

Cook County Seal

Cook County’s Preckwinkle Moves To Take Politics Out Of Hiring

Cook County is now requiring public employees to publicly declare when politics is involved in the hiring process.

CBS Chicago–04/18/2011

Cook County Seal

Cook County To Repeal Sales Tax Hike By 2013

The Cook County Board has voted to repeal what remains of an infamous 2008 sales tax hike over the next two years.

CBS Chicago–02/25/2011

A dentist from the Showa University Dentistry School demonstrates a treatment on a dental patient robot named Hanako Showa, at the University’s dental clinic in Tokyo on March 25, 2010. Japan’s robot maker Tmsuk and the Showa University unveiled the dental patient robot to be used for student training, which imitates human reactions such as coughing, tongue movement and pain reaction. (credit: Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images)

County Commissioners Want Better Dental Care For Kids

A group of Cook County commissioners and dental experts on Monday will push to expand spending on dental care for children.

WBBM Newsradio–01/31/2011

Health care worker.  (CBS)

Debate Rages On Oak Forest Hospital Future

Cook County to turn Oak Forest Hospital from an inpatient to an outpatient facility and do away with the emergency room.


Toni Preckwinkle chairs her first Cook County Board meeting

Preckwinkle Breezes Through First Board Meeting

Toni Preckwinkle breezed through her first meeting as Cook County Board President on Tuesday, wrapping up the meeting in less than 90 minutes, a rarity at the County Building.

CBS Chicago–12/14/2010

Stroger Todd John

Prof: Both Strogers Achieved At County Board

Looking back as new board president to be sworn in: John Stroger replaced old County Hospital, Todd put through tax hike to keep county afloat.

WBBM Newsradio–12/02/2010