Toni Preckwinkle

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

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle (Credit: CBS)

Preckwinkle To Take On Racial Inequities In Judicial System

The head of the Cook County Board says she’s working to address some of the racial inequities in the County’s criminal justice system.

01/04/2013

Cash Register

Preckwinkle, Business Leaders Celebrate End Of ’08 Sales Tax Hike

It’s not very often that we hear about taxes going down, but on Wednesday, retailers and elected officials were celebrating the final roll-back of Cook County’s sales tax increase pushed through by former County Board President Todd Stroger in 2008.

CBS Chicago–01/02/2013

Cigarettes that were being sold without the required Cook County tax stamp are organized before seizure by county revenue investigators. (Credit: CBS)

Tax Raids Find Millions Of Dollars In Cigarette Tax Cheating

Cook County investigators have been raiding stores across the county that have been breaking the law, and ripping off taxpayers of millions of dollars, by selling cigarettes without proper taxes.

CBS 2–12/12/2012

Mayor Rahm Emanuel

After Preckwinkle’s Slam, Emanuel Says They’re On Same Page On Crime

Mayor Rahm Emanuel responded gently on Monday to criticisms of his crime-fighting strategy leveled at him last week by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.

12/10/2012

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle (Credit: CBS)

Preckwinkle Pulls Back On Criticizing Mayor For Violence Levels

In remarks at the Union League Club, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle seemed dissatisfied with the way the city is confronting the high number of shootings and homicides in some neighborhoods.

12/06/2012

Cook County commissioners vote on the 2013 budget plan on Nov. 9, 2012. (Credit: CBS)

County Approves Gun, Gambling, Cigarette Tax Hikes; Lower Sales Tax

The cost of smoking, buying guns, and playing the slots in Cook County will be going up next year, but the county is also getting rid of the final portion of the hated 2008 sales tax hike.

CBS Chicago–11/09/2012

Cook County government seal (CBS)

County Commissioners Back Gun, Cigarette, Gambling Taxes To Balance Budget

The Cook County Board Finance Committee on Friday approved $41.7 million in new tax levies, including a controversial $25 tax on the sale of a gun anywhere in the county, and a $1-a-pack increase in the cigarette tax.

WBBM Newsradio–11/03/2012

File Photo (Abid Katib/ Getty Images)

Preckwinkle Dumps Bullet Tax Plan, Keeps Gun Tax

Cook County gun owners have dodged a bullet, as County Board President Tony Preckwinkle has dropped her plan to impose a new ammunition tax to help balance the budget.

WBBM Newsradio–10/31/2012

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