Cook County Medical Examiner Stepping Down After Overhauling OfficeDr. Stephen Cina took over in 2012 after the previous medical examiner resigned amid criticism that bodies were stacking up in the morgue. Preckwinkle says Cina took the office from "crisis to full accreditation."
Old Cook County Hospital To Become Hotel, Apartments, StoresIt has sat vacant for nearly 15 years, and become a popular target for graffiti artists, but the old Cook County Hospital building could get new life as a hotel and apartment building, with stores at ground level.
2 Investigators/BGA: Cook County Retailers Rack Up Fines But Keep Selling Bootleg CigarettesA CBS 2 and Better Government Association investigation found that Cook County has failed to collect up to $20 million in fines for the tax violations.
Cook County Medical Examiner's Office Receives National AccreditationWhen the office lost accreditation in 2011, there was a shortage of staff, and overcrowding that led to bodies being stacked on top of each other.
Preckwinkle's Office Briefs Board On Impact Of State Budget StalemateMembers of the Cook County Board spoke to county department heads on Tuesday about how the state’s budget impasse is affecting local services.
County Health Facilities To Screen For Families Who Are 'Food Insecure'Cook County has launched a two-year program to try to better identify people who have trouble putting food on the table for their families and getting them help.
Local Civic Leaders Denounce Anti-Muslim, Anti-Refugee RhetoricCivic leaders and representatives of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities came together today to denounce the anti-Muslim, anti-refugee sentiment that has been picking up steam around the country.
Ousted Chicago Police Superintendent Surfaces At Public Event, Is Warmly ReceivedOusted Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy appeared Friday at a public event with his former boss, Mayor Emanuel, and Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.
Annual Prayer Breakfast Focuses On Aftermath Of Laquan McDonald CaseThe continued tension over the Laquan McDonald case was a hot topic Friday morning at an annual prayer breakfast attended by some of the state’s leading politicians, business leaders, and clergy.
Mayor Doesn't Seem Worried About Preckwinkle Hotel Tax PlanThe head of the Chicago’s official tourism agency has warned a planned Cook County hotel tax could hurt the city’s convention industry, but Mayor Rahm Emanuel seemed less concerned.
Preckwinkle Expects Approval Of New Ammunition TaxCook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has said she has enough votes to approve a new countywide tax on ammunition for handguns and rifles.
Preckwinkle Drops Amusement-Tax Idea: CommissionerThere had been a lot of opposition to the amusement tax hike, which would have hit cable-television customers, bowlers, golfers and others involved with for-profit sports activities.