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Over 800,000 Cook County Residents Needed Food Assistance, Study Finds

A new study says a lot of Chicago area people continue to have a hard time feeding themselves and their families.

08/18/2014

Soldier Field. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bears Owe Cook County $4.1M In Amusement Taxes

The Bears lost a case in an Illinois appeals court.

CBS Chicago–08/07/2014

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BGA: Suburban Police, Fire Pension Fund Shortfalls Total $3.3 Billion

Police and fire departments across suburban Cook County might be in line for some budget cuts, as huge pension problems loom, according to a report from a government watchdog.

08/06/2014

Photo Of Cook County Building Nameplate. (Helen Marshall/WBBM Photo)

Cook County To Cut Buildings’ Carbon Emissions

The county’s Board of Commissioners has approved an ordinance aimed at making public buildings more energy efficient — with the goal of sharply cutting greenhouse gases emitted by county-owned buildings.

07/24/2014

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BGA Sues Cook County To Release “Clout Logs”

A government watchdog group has filed a lawsuit against Cook County, to get access to records about potential patronage in county hiring.

07/03/2014

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U.S. Leads World In Prison Population By Wide Margin; Failed Drug Policies Blamed

A new report by the London School of Economics concludes that the war on drugs “has produced enormous negative outcomes and collateral damage” and points to the enormously high incarceration rate in the United States as evidence that it is time for a new strategy.

05/06/2014

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Two Teen Boys Charged In Barrington School ‘Sexting’ Case

One of the boys began distributing the sexually explicit material on April 2 while the other sent out photos and videos on April 28 and March 30, a police spokeswoman said.

05/01/2014

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Study: Minority Kids Hit Hardest By Illinois Law

An Illinois law that requires juveniles accused of the most serious crimes to be charged as adults may be discriminatory, prevents judges from exercising their judgment and makes it more likely that those who are convicted will commit violent crimes in the future, according to a study due out Tuesday.

04/22/2014

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Two Cook County Employees Get Prison For Bribery Scheme

Two Cook County employees who took bribes to lower property tax bills were sentenced Wednesday to two years and 18 months behind bars respectively, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.

04/16/2014

Downtown Chicago skyline. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Census Bureau: Chicago Area Population Grew Very Slightly In 2013

The Chicago metro area had a growth of only 0.2 percent in 2013, with the fastest growing counties being Kendall and DuPage; and Porter County in Indiana.

03/27/2014

A voter casts a ballot during early voting. (AP Photo)

Only Two Days Of Early Voting Left For Illinois Primary

Friday and Saturday are the last days for early voting in Illinois, ahead of the primary election on Tuesday.

03/14/2014

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VIDEO: County Drug Officers Conduct Raids In South Suburban Harvey

As Cook County’s war on drugs heats up, even in the cold, narcotics officers never know what they’re going to find during raids. CBS 2’s Brad Edwards tags along.

02/26/2014

"Road heave" occurs following freezing and thawing on roadways. (CBS)

Freeze-Thaw Cycle Brings New Problem: ‘Road Heave’

Cook County Transportation Supt. John Yonan says “heave” occurs when water freezes and expands underneath the pavement — forcing it up into washboards, or bumps.

01/30/2014

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Cook County Leads Concealed-Carry Permit Applications

Almost one in four of the roughly 23,000 Illinois residents who have applied for concealed carry permits live in Cook County.

01/16/2014

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Northfield Man Is 11th Cold-Related Death In Cook County

A north suburban man is at least the 11th reported cold-related death this winter in Cook County.

01/10/2014

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Man Charged With Sexually Assaulting Woman He Met Online

Karon Godbold, 35, is charged with sexual assault and weapons violations.

12/05/2013

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Animal Attack On Boy May Have Been Coyotes

The incident happened about two weeks ago near Columbus Park on the city’s Far West Side.

11/14/2013

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

Deputy’s Foot Injured When Gun Accidentally Fires

The officer’s weapon “accidentally discharged” a few minutes after 3 p.m. in a county administration building at 3026 S. California Ave.

11/14/2013

Voters cast their ballots in suburban Chicago. (credit: Frank Polich/Getty Images)

Cook County Clerk Hands Out Awards To Best Election Judges

There were dozens of election judges from suburban Cook honored, nominated by the staff at the County Clerk’s office and each other.

11/13/2013

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Dominick’s Closings Could Put More Than 5,600 Out Of Work

Owners notified the state that 3,224 people could lose their jobs in Cook County, and nearly 2,400 people in the collar counties surrounding Cook.

11/07/2013

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