John Fritchey

Cook County government seal (CBS)

Report: County Animal-Control Officers Are Paid For Commuting To, From Home

The Inspector General’s 15-page report also refers to Cook County’s animal control unit as “efficiently operated,” but says there is an “over-reliance on euthanasia.”


Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown appears at the County Board meeting Thursday. (CBS)

Brown Says She Needs To Keep Her Bodyguards, Following Several Threats

One man who wrote to Brown suggested she is in his sights, “especially coming out of your office and walking to your car.” CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.


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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

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

Commissioner Pushes Plan To Eliminate Recorder Of Deeds Office

Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey said Monday that the county could save $1 million a year by eliminating the office of the County Recorder of Deeds and folding its duties into the County Clerk’s Office.

CBS Chicago–10/03/2011

The indigent burial site at Homewood Memorial Gardens. (Credit: Cook County Sheriff's Office)

Cemetery Burial Reforms For Indigent Proposed

A Cook County commissioner will propose at tomorrow’s board meeting that the county do a better job of burying the indigent and unidentifiable.