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.
On Heels Of Sales Tax Hike, Preckwinkle Seeking To Tax Cable TV, Golf, BowlingThree months after pushing through a plan to raise sales taxes by a penny on the dollar, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is seeking some more new taxes to balance the budget next year.
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.