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Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Alvarez Questions Wisdom Of Suggested Alternatives To Jail For Some Inmates

County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Sheriff Tom Dart have sought alternate arrangements such as home monitoring for inmates charged with non-violent crimes, but Alvarez expressed reservations to a broad-brush approach to releasing such inmates.

04/09/2014

A worker at the Cook County morgue shows off a new body cooler, part of a series of reforms in the wake of a 2012 scandal that included bodies bing stacked haphazardly and the remains of stillborn babies tossed into boxes. (Credit: CBS)

Cook County Morgue Gets New Cooler, More Workers

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office says conditions are improving at the morgue thanks to more employees and a new $1.4 million cooler.

02/13/2014

Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Preckwinkle Takes Aim At High Incarceration Rate

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is making Martin Luther King day an opportunity to have a look inside her own jail, reports WBBM’s John Cody.

01/20/2014

Cook County Seal

County Panel Backs Switch To Electronic Records For Court System

The Cook County Board’s Technology Committee has voted that it’s time to stop tracking court cases, prisoners, and trials using carbon paper and sticky notes.

10/11/2013

Cook County government seal (CBS)

Preckwinkle Wants To Cut Off Nearly Free Insurance For Cook County Judges

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle fired another shot at Cook County’s Chief Judge Timothy Evans Monday, proposing to cut off the nearly-free health insurance the county offers to judges.

10/08/2013

Leighton Criminal Courts Building (CBS)

Workers Grumble Over Pay-To-Park Plan At 26th And Cal Courthouse

Plans to charge motorists a daily fee at the city’s criminal courthouse garage and suburban facilities are “on hold” at the moment, but there’s a possibility that personnel and other visitors may have to shell out the bucks for parking later this year.

09/16/2013

Metra Train

Scandal-Plagued Metra Board May Lose Another Member

Another Metra board member may be on the verge of being forced from his seat.

08/14/2013

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle (Credit: CBS)

Preckwinkle: Board Had ‘No Choice’ But To Approve Settlement For Fired Employees

The head of the Cook County Board says officials have reluctantly agreed to pay more than half a million dollars to people who were fired for apparently political reasons by Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore

07/17/2013

Cook County Board

Cook County Board Reduces Business Use Tax

The Cook County Board has voted to cut a tax that primarily affects business purchases made outside of the county.

06/20/2013

Cook County Medical Examiner's Office

Ceremony Pays Tribute To Those Who Died Indigent In Cook County

A noontime ceremony in the Loop paid tribute to almost 400 men and women who died indigent during the past year – and were buried at county expense.

05/29/2013

Sheila Simon

Lt. Governor Simon Calls For Equal Pay For Women At Rally

The Lieutenant Governor of Illinois says there’s been progress for women, but not enough in terms of pay at an equal pay for women rally in downtown Chicago.

04/09/2013

Firearms for sale at an area gun shop. (CBS)

Cook County’s $25 Gun Tax Goes Into Effect

Gun sellers and owners haven’t been able to stop it, so a new $25-per-gun tax in Cook County went into effect on Monday.

04/01/2013

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Low-Cost Internet Program For Poor Families To Expand

Local officials say a program to help low–income families connect to the Internet has become the most successful such effort in the nation.

WBBM Newsradio–03/22/2013

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: ‘Very Disturbing’ That CPS Planning To Close About 50 Schools

Cook County Board Preident Toni Preckwinkle said Thursday she is troubled that the Chicago Public Schools reportedly plan to close about 50 schools this year.

CBS Chicago–03/21/2013

A woman lights up. (file/AFP Getty Images)

Cigarette Taxes In Chicago Up To $6.67 Per Pack, After County Tax Hike

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said the projected $25 million in new annual revenue from the tax increase will go to the county’s hospitals and health centers, which treat more than 300 lung cancer patients each year.

02/28/2013

John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County

County To Pay $20M To Settle Lawsuit Over Boy’s Brain Damage

The Cook County Board has approved a $20 million settlement for the family of a toddler who suffered severe brain damage after surgery at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County.

WBBM Newsradio–02/05/2013

Cook County Board

Cook County Commissioners Approve New Gun Control Measure

The Cook County Board has approved imposing fines of up to $2,000 on gun owners who fail to inform police if a gun is stolen, lost, or transferred to someone else.

WBBM Newsradio–02/05/2013

State Sen. Toi Hutchinson (left) and former State Rep. Robin Kelly (right) are running to replace U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. in Congress.

Preckwinkle Endorses Hutchinson Over Kelly For Jackson’s Seat

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said Monday that she’s endorsing state Sen. Toi Hutchinson in the race to replace former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. over her former staffer, state Rep. Robin Kelly.

01/28/2013

Firearms for sale at an area gun shop. (CBS)

Emanuel, Quinn, Preckwinkle Laud President’s Gun Control Plan

The president announced he will press Congress to pass legislation requiring background checks on all gun purchases; reinstate the ban on military-style assault weapons; renew a 10-round limit on the size of ammunition magazines; and prohibit the possession, transfer, manufacture, or import of armor-piercing bullets.

CBS Chicago–01/16/2013

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle (Credit: CBS)

Preckwinkle To Introduce Stricter Gun Regulations

Gun owners in Chicago and suburban Cook County may have new incentives for keeping better track of their weapons.

01/12/2013

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