Cook County

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Two Women Die Of Heat-Related Causes In Cook County

A Chicago woman and a west suburban woman died of heat-related causes over the weekend, the first heat-related deaths of the season and the first in nearly two years in Cook County.

07/22/2015

Cook County sales tax increase. (Credit: CBS)

Suburban Cook County Businesses Brace For Sales Tax Increase

Buy anything in Cook County beginning next year and you’ll pay more.

07/15/2015

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2 Illinois Courts, 2 Opposite Takes On State Employee Pay

Courts on opposite sides of the state have issued opinions about whether state employees should continue to get paychecks while the impasse over a yearlong spending plan continues between Democrats in the Legislature and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.

07/10/2015

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Preckwinkle: Sales Tax Hike Necessary To Keep County Afloat

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said Tuesday she will present a preliminary budget plan that includes a proposal to increase the county sales tax she spent years rolling back.

06/30/2015

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle (Credit: CBS)

Preckwinkle Defends Plan To Raise Cook County Sales Tax

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is defending her attempt to bring back the sales tax increase she vowed to eliminate when she first ran for the office, reports WBBM’s Craig Dellimore.

06/24/2015

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

Police In Illinois, Indiana Join Forces To Battle Illegal Sex Trade

Lake County Sheriff John Buncich said there are numerous examples of young women being taken across state lines for prostitution.

06/19/2015

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Cook County Creates New Court To Focus On Prostitution, Human Trafficking Cases

With the stroke of a pen, Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans set June 1 as the start of the new Prostitution and Trafficking Intervention Court. Evans said state law already treats prostitution as a misdemeanor, and not a felony. The new intervention court takes that approach a step further.

05/29/2015

Cook County government seal (CBS)

Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey Pushes Anti-Sweatshop Ordinance

Modeled after an anti-sweatshop law in Chicago, the ordinance proposed by Commissioner John Fritchey (D-12th) would require companies that sell goods and clothing to the county to sign affidavits asserting they and their subcontractors are free of sweatshop labor.

04/24/2015

Voting booths (Photo by Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images)

Officials Discouraged By Very Low Turnout In Suburban Elections

If you thought Chicago’s 40 percent turnout on Tuesday was poor – and it was – pity the surrounding suburbs. The Cook County Clerk’s office said suburban turnout was only about 14 percent on Tuesday. McHenry County barely reached 11 percent. Lake County was little better at 11.25 percent.

04/09/2015

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Cook County To Spend $38 Million On Summer Road Construction Projects

Cook County will spend about $38 million on road construction projects in 28 suburbs throughout Cook County this spring and summer, officials announced Wednesday.

04/08/2015

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“I Voted” Stickers A Thing Of The Past In Lake County

While voters in most suburban counties will receive an “I Voted” sticker in exchange for their completed ballot Tuesday, Lake County voters haven’t had the option to receive the coveted sticker in years.

04/07/2015

Gavel File Photo (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

IG Concerned By Potential Conflict Of Interest On Cook County Board Of Review

Cook County’s Inspector General is raising concerns about potential conflicts of interest involving the panel that reviews property tax appeals, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

03/25/2015

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is warning owners of foreclosed buildings not to send out illegal eviction notices ordering renters to move out before the 90-day timeframe required by law. (Credit: CBS)

Electronic Monitoring Surge In Cook County A Mixed Blessing, Dart Says

The sheriff’s office says last year judges in Cook County ordered 70 percent more defendants to stay at home and wear ankle bracelets than the year before.

02/23/2015

Deshawn Johnson (Credit: Chicago Police)

Prosecutor Helps Stop Accused Killer Who Bolts From Bond Court

Deshawn Johnson suddenly took off running and was chased by deputies and lawyers alike on Friday.

02/20/2015

Measles shot. (Photo by Mark Kegans/Getty Images)

Illinois Measles Cases Climb To 14 With Another Infant Sick

All 14 cases have been in Cook County, with 2 adults and 12 infants affected. Thirteen of the 14 cases have been associated with a KinderCare Learning Center in Palatine.

02/17/2015

Cold Thermometer

Blue Island Woman Becomes Cook County’s 18th Cold-Related Death

An autopsy found Debra Trogtman died of heart disease, and listed hypothermia due to cold exposure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease as secondary factors, the medical examiner’s office said.

02/16/2015

Lotisha Myers (Cook County Sheriff's Department)

Sheriff: Cook County Jail Officer Had Sexual Relationship With Inmate

Internal investigators became aware of an inappropriate relationship between an officer and an inmate in Division II of the jail on earlier this month.

02/12/2015

In this photo illustration, a bottle containing a measles vaccine is seen at the Miami Children's Hospital on January 28, 2015 in Miami, Florida. A recent outbreak of measles has some doctors encouraging vaccination as the best way to prevent measles and its spread. (Photo illustration by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Another Suburban Measles Case Brings Illinois Total To 11

Ten people who have been infected with measles are associated with KinderCare Learning Center in Palatine, including this new case.

02/12/2015

Measles. (Credit: CBS)

Number Of Measles Cases Increases In Cook County

The patients include one adult and six infants, all of whom were not vaccinated.

02/09/2015

The record-setting Lake effect snowstorm dumped up to six feet of snow in less than 24 hours closing a 100-mile section of The New York State Thruway as well as other major roads around Buffalo. Four deaths have already been attributed to the storm. (John Normile/Getty Images)

Snow-Shoveling Death Toll Hits 18 In Chicago Area

Authorities stress that shoveling snow can be potentially dangerous.

02/05/2015

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