Cook County

Snow Shoveling

10 Deaths In Cook County Related To Shoveling Snow

Heavy snow and shovelers who aren’t in shape can lead to death, reports CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot.

02/03/2015

A Chicago Animal Care & Control  van. (Credit: CBS)

Cook Co. Commissioner Calls For Inspector General To Examine Animal And Rabies Control Department

Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey wants the inspector general to look into practices of the county Animal and Rabies Control Department, which he calls “fractured and unregulated.”

01/19/2015

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle discusses Chicago Public Schools plans to close about 50 schools at the end of the school year. (Credit: CBS)

Preckwinkle Lays Out Goals For Second Term

Board President Toni Preckwinkle wants to make Cook County’s hospitals and health centers the place people want to go to for care, instead of have to go to, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.

01/12/2015

Veronica Klicka (Cook County Sheriff)

Woman Lied About Being Stabbed At Forest Preserve: Authorities

A woman made up a story about being stabbed in a northwest suburban forest preserve after injuring herself with a knife, believing she would be in trouble with the law if she was caught with a weapon, authorities claim.

12/08/2014

Cold Thermometer

Woman, 99, Is Cook County’s Seventh Cold-Related Death

Modsite Dearing was pronounced dead at her home in the 8700 block of South Parnell at 10:16 a.m. Wednesday, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

12/04/2014

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Cook County Sues Wells Fargo For Discriminatory Lending

Wells Fargo disproportionately targeted minorities with high-cost mortgage loans in Cook County, leading to a foreclosure crisis in the area, according to a federal lawsuit filed Friday.

11/30/2014

Parking Ticket

Cook County Agrees To Pay Chicago For Traffic Tickets

The Cook County Board agreed Wednesday to pay up and settle hundred of traffic tickets, some of which are 25 years old.

11/19/2014

Cemetery

2 Investigators: In Cook County, The Dead Get Tax Exemptions

The assessor’s office is chasing down living property owners who are wrongly claiming breaks on property taxes by using identities of the deceased. CBS 2’s Pam Zekman reports.

11/07/2014

Early voting sign (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Window For Early Voting Closes This Weekend

There are dozens of early voting polling places in the city and suburbs. Election officials are encouraged by what they’ve seen so far. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

10/27/2014

A dog at the North Chicago Animal Control Shelter. (CBS)

County Official Critical Of Animal Control Department

With county budget hearings about to get under way, Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey has some questions about the Department of Animal and Rabies Control.

10/15/2014

The Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center and Juvenile Court building. (Credit: CBS)

Critics: Juvenile Offender Monitoring Needs Overhaul In Wake Of Roseland Rape

Some county and union leaders are demanding action after the rape of a pregnant Chicago State University student, allegedly by a teen on electronic monitoring.

09/18/2014

West Suburban Community Pantry (CBS)

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

Better Government Association logo. (Credit: BGA)

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

Cook County government seal (CBS)

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

(Credit: London School Of Economics)

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

Smart phone user (CBS)

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

Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

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

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