| Oct 20, 2011
| 2:21 PM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Thursday gave a sneak preview of her new budget, saying there will be about 1,000 layoffs and another smidgen of a controversial sales tax increase shaved off.
The county’s chief executive won’t...
| Oct 24, 2011
| 10:46 AM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle wants to raise taxes on alcohol, tobacco products, new cars and boats, and to hike fees at county parking garages, according to the budget blueprint she released today.
The sales tax will drop by a quarter-...
| Oct 25, 2011
| 10:41 AM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle asked commissioners today to "do more with less" by passing her budget recommendation for next year.
"This budget rests on a framework of long term financial management and strategic structural changes...
| Oct 31, 2011
| 12:32 PM
Layoff notices went out today to approximately 100 Cook County employees as Board President Toni Preckwinkle seeks to close a $315 million shortfall next year.
Preckwinkle’s proposed budget for 2012 includes more than 1,000 layoffs to help save $40...
| Nov 4, 2011
| 11:49 AM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Friday backed off a plan to charge unincorporated residents an extra tax for police protection and other services, instead announcing the formation of a panel to study the issue.
The move came after...
| May 24, 2012
| 2:34 PM
Cash-strapped Cook County government and the more financially sound Forest Preserve District are looking to bring in corporate cash by selling naming rights, sponsorships and concessions.
All of those, plus more mundane ideas such as advertising on...
| Jun 5, 2012
| 3:47 PM
Cook County commissioners voted Tuesday to combine job training programs with the City of Chicago in a bid to cut costs.
A single not-for-profit organization would be created to administer all the job training in the county, rather than having separate...
| Jun 13, 2012
| 2:39 PM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle continued Wednesday to put her imprint on county government by appointing new members to the board overseeing the county’s vast public health system.
At the Health and Hospitals System board, Preckwinkle...
| Jun 16, 2012
| 5:09 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn stood inside the auditorium of a sprawling new Salvation Army community center that officially opened in West Pullman Saturday and put into perspective the meaning of a new swimming pool, performing arts center, soccer field and other...
| Jun 18, 2012
| 12:52 PM
An influential Chicago alderman said today he's not yet ready to sign off on Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposal to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
Although Ald. Edward Burke, 14th, didn’t rule out backing the mayor’s...
| Jun 18, 2012
| 1:50 PM
Ald. Ed Burke is not too keen on the mayor's proposal to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, partly because because he is "very concerned with anything that gives kids the idea that this is not a bad thing to do." But Mayor Emanuel and...
| Jun 18, 2012
| 3:50 PM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s shakeup of the hospital board has led a member to leave.
Benn Greenspan, a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, submitted his resignation Friday, citing “...