Report: County Animal-Control Officers Are Paid For Commuting To, From HomeThe 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."
County To Spend $500,000 On New "Restorative Justice" Anti-Violence ProgramCook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle met with a group of anti-violence activists on the South Side on Wednesday, and announced the county would spend $500,000 on so-called “restorative justice” programs in an effort to help prevent ex-cons from going back to court or jail, and to curb violent crime.
Cook County Board Approves Sales Tax HikeCook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle was making her final pitch for a sales tax hike, as the Cook County Board met Wednesday to debate a tax increase she railed against five years ago.
Cook County Board Expected To Consider Sales Tax Hike Next WeekBoard President Toni Preckwinkle is seeking to reinstate the tax -- first enacted during the administration of predecessor Todd Stroger -- primarily to cover the county's pension shortfall.
Preckwinkle: Sales Tax Hike Necessary To Keep County AfloatCook 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.
Cook County Businesses Fear Sales Tax Hike Would Send Customers AwayCook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s proposal to increase the county sales tax – five years after she won office by denouncing an identical tax hike imposed by her predecessor – has some business owners on the county’s outskirts worried they’ll lose customers.
Report: Preckwinkle Pitching Sales Tax IncreaseThe Cook County Board president campaigned in 2010 in opposition to a one cent tax increase adopted in 2008. After winning, she moved to roll back the tax, eliminating it in 2013.
Cook County Officials Agree Too Many Minor Criminals End Up In JailFour top Cook County officials offered a wide spectrum of opinions Thursday as they talked about resolving problems in the criminal justice system, though all agreed too many people charged with minor crimes end up locked up in jail.
Preckwinkle Wants To Stop Automatically Sending Juveniles To Adult CourtIllinois judges used to decide whether a young suspect was tried as an adult or a juvenile. Preckwinkle wants to undo a 1982 change in state law which makes transfers for some felony charges automatic – for example, in cases of rape or murder.
Cook County Clerk David Orr Endorses Jesus "Chuy" Garcia For MayorSaying he'll get the job done, Cook County Clerk David Orr has endorsed Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia for mayor, reports WBBM’s Veronica Carter.
Preckwinkle Rules Out Mayoral Bid Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has ruled out challenging Mayor Rahm Emanuel in next year's mayoral election.
Lewis Forms Exploratory Committee To Weigh Run Against EmanuelFor months, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis has said she’s considering a run for mayor. Now she has taken another step toward jumping in the race.