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  • Cook County commissioners to take more time before voting

    Cook County commissioners to take more time before voting
    In a bit of a legislative rebuke to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, commissioners Wednesday voted for a new rule requiring that nearly all new ordinances or amendments get sent to committee for consideration before a full board vote. The...
  • Winnetka stormwater project awaits nod from forest preserve

    Winnetka stormwater project awaits nod from forest preserve
    Officials in Winnetka said this week that a recently completed project in the village's $41 million stormwater management program proved successful in preventing flooding during recent downpours. But despite the progress in halting flooding in the...
  • Cook County Board to take up e-cigarette regulation today

    Cook County Board to take up e-cigarette regulation today
    The Cook County Board will see proposals today to increase regulation of electronic cigarettes and to study legalizing marijuana for recreational use, along with a $2.4 million settlement for a patient's death at a county hospital. Board President...
  • Report: No 'Council Wars' with Cook County Board for Preckwinkle

    Report:  No 'Council Wars' with Cook County Board for Preckwinkle
    When it comes to rubber stamp legislative bodies, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has only a slight edge over Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, according to a new report set to be released today by the political science department at the University of...
  • Cook County hospitals interim CEO had problems in Dallas

    Cook County hospitals interim CEO had problems in Dallas
    The Cook County hospital board on Friday named an interim CEO who was a top executive at a Dallas hospital system when the federal government determined it had problems that were a “serious threat to patient health and safety.” But county...
  • Cook County Forest Preserves mulls major overhaul

    Cook County Forest Preserves mulls major overhaul
    Cook County Forest Preserve District leaders on Friday unveiled sweeping plans to overhaul the sprawling system, an ambitious program to restore 30,000 acres to a pristine state, buy more land and draw thousands of new people to the natural areas. But...
  • Harvey problems prompt sheriff to seek audit powers

    Harvey problems prompt sheriff to seek audit powers
    In an effort to combat scandals and incompetence in some suburbs, the Cook County sheriff is seeking the power to scour the financial books and policing records of municipalities that repeatedly fail to follow a basic financial accountability law....
  • American Airlines should pay taxes

    Municipalities and other local governments, including Cook County, collect sales taxes to pay for the services they provide to the individuals and companies that live and do business in their communities. That’s the purpose of sales tax collection....
  • Another former CTA official named to Metra board

    Another former CTA official named to Metra board
    A second former CTA executive with decades of transit experience will soon be overseeing policy at Metra. Cook County commissioners representing the north and west suburbs unanimously appointed retired CTA safety and security official John Plante on...
  • Cook County votes to cut pay for some political appointees

    Cook County votes to cut pay for some political appointees
    Cook County commissioners on Wednesday voted to end full-time pay and benefits for political appointees on a pair of panels, a change backed by County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. Salaries, medical benefits and pension contributions for members of...
  • Preckwinkle criticized for bullet tax idea

    Preckwinkle criticized for bullet tax idea
    Democratic Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle faced criticism today after floating the idea of taxing guns and bullets to help balance the budget. Commissioner Timothy Schneider said he’s worried such a tax would do little other than hurt...
  • Cook County fails to curb overtime costs

    As Cook County officials scramble to find ways to raise money — taxing guns, gambling machines and cigarettes — they have been unable to bring burdensome overtime costs under control. County officials for years have promised to rein in...