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Board of Commissioners

Preckwinkle to try for pension reform again after fall election

County lobbyist out after failure of Preckwinkle's pension bill

County commissioners: Tighten reins on home-run businesses

An application for a permit to operate a business in a residential area sparked a conversation among members of the Cook County Board Zoning and Building Committee Wednesday about keeping a closer watch on home-run businesses.

Report: No 'Council Wars' with Cook County Board for Preckwinkle

Preckwinkle lobbies for county pension bill

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle was in Springfield Thursday to push pension legislation that a key union fiercely objected to at Wednesday’s Cook County Board meeting.

Preckwinkle told reporters after the board meeting that she planned to talk with House and Senate Democratic and Republican leaders to drum up support for a bill expected to fully fund the county’s public worker pension system by 2034.

Cook County Board: Ban on large, for-profit pet breeder passes; Preckwinkle says county pension bill taking shape

The Cook County Board of Commissioners Wednesday unanimously passed an ordinance banning pet stores in Cook County from selling dogs, cats, and rabbits from most for-profit breeders.

Authored by Commissioner John Fritchey (D-Chicago), the measure builds on a law the Chicago City Council adopted in March that bans for-profit breeders – which many ordinance supporters derisively refer to as “puppy mills” – from supplying animals to city pet stores.

Mack out as Preckwinkle's spokeswoman; Vaughan is replacement

Bridgeport's last Daley leaves a neighborhood legacy

County will pay consultant to draft old hospital building plan

Cook County officials are – again – examining what to do with the old Cook County Hospital building that has sat vacant on Chicago's Near West Side since 2002.

The Cook County Board on Wednesday approved a $2.4 million contract with Chicago Consultants Studio, Inc., which will “evaluate current needs, future needs and make sure we have the flexibility for unforeseen needs” at the county building site, according to John Cooke, director of the Office of Capital Planning and Policy at Cook County.

Dart presses for municipal auditing power despite Preckwinkle opposition

A novel plan to give Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart broad audit authority over troubled suburbs has been met with opposition by Cook County Board President Tony Preckwinkle. But a Dart spokeswoman said Thursday that the sheriff is “absolutely” still working with state and county officials to obtain audit powers over suburban governments.