Cook County Budget

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

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Preckwinkle Dumps Bullet Tax Plan, Keeps Gun Tax

Cook County gun owners have dodged a bullet, as County Board President Tony Preckwinkle has dropped her plan to impose a new ammunition tax to help balance the budget.

WBBM Newsradio–10/31/2012


More Taxes For Cigarettes, Bullets And Gambling In County Budget

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s budget plan relies on new or higher taxes on cigarettes, ammunition, guns, and gambling machines, but also fulfills her 2010 campaign pledge to eliminate an unpopular sales tax hike enacted by her predecessor.


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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

Draft Beer

Cook County Finance Committee Backs Alcohol Tax Hike

A key Cook County committee has endorsed County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s plan to raise alcohol taxes as part of next year’s budget plan.

CBS Chicago–11/14/2011

Draft Beer

Business Owners, Alderman Oppose Proposed Alcohol Tax Hike

Stop picking on the liquor industry – that was the message Sunday afternoon at a popular Chicago watering hole.

CBS Chicago–11/13/2011

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Cook County Backs Off Plan To Charge Jurors To Park At Courthouses

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has backed down from her proposal to require jurors and some law enforcement members to pay for parking in courthouse garages.

CBS Chicago–11/08/2011

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Cook County Sends Out Nearly 100 Layoff Notices

CHICAGO (CBS) — Cook County has begun sending out nearly 100 layoff notices, the first round of more than 1,000 layoffs that Board President Toni Preckwinkle has proposed for next year. A spokesman for Preckwinkle […]

CBS Chicago–10/31/2011

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle

Preckwinkle Pushing For New Fees, Tax Hikes

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has proposed a first-ever fee for parking at the county’s criminal courthouses, as well as a $150 fee on residents of unincorporated areas for county police protection as part of her budget plan for next year.

CBS Chicago–10/24/2011

Cook County Seal

Public Weighs In On Next Year’s Cook County Budget

Businesspeople, county employees and the public lined up Thursday night for the chance to voice opinions on next year’s Cook County budget.

CBS Chicago–08/26/2011

Toni Preckwinkle

Preckwinkle: Cook County Is $315 Million In The Red

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has outlined preliminary budget estimates that show county government still swimming in red ink.

CBS Chicago–07/28/2011

Laurence Msall

Watchdog: County’s Budget Situation Seems To Be Improving

Cook County is going to see more layoffs and red ink, but a Chicago budget watchdog says the situation seems to be improving.

WBBM Newsradio–07/28/2011