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Cook County

Cook County to ship detainees to Rock Island County

Overcrowding at Cook County Jail has forced the county to look elsewhere to house some of its detainees. On Wednesday, Rock Island County became the 12th Illinois county to agree to house jail detainees that cannot be squeezed into Cook County Jail.

Cook County commissioners unanimously approved an intergovernmental agreement under which Rock Island County will provide boarding and lodging to Cook County detainees at a cost of $50 a day. It costs Cook County $143 a day to house a prisoner in the Cook County Jail.

Cook County Health trims taxpayer subsidy

Cook County lowers use tax

Facing a legal challenge to the county’s new use tax, the Cook County Board on Wednesday voted unanimously by voice vote to lower the tax. 

Forest Preserve hopes to use 100th anniversary as publicity springboard

Arnold Randall, superintendent of the Cook County Forest Preserve District, basked in the afterglow on Tuesday of the district’s 100th anniversary celebration, which took place at the Chicago Cultural Center last week. Some members of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, though, questioned whether Randall has maximized publicity for the Forest Preserve.

Fritchey seeks to reduce jail population

With a seasonal spike in crime expected to lead to an increase in the number of inmates at Cook County jail this summer, county Comm. John Fritchey (D-Chicago) is calling for a revised bail structure that would ease overcrowding at the facility.

Ex top aide to Todd Stroger to go on trial Monday in public corruption case

$90 million county medical facility opens for inmates

Cook County population: Hispanics gaining on African-Americans

Cook County seeks $180 million in strip-search insurance flap

Preckwinkle announces sustainable energy initiative in Cook County

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Wednesday announced a plan to implement environmental initiatives designed to reduce the county government’s carbon footprint.

Preckwinkle’s announcement followed the recent release of a report from the Cook County Sustainability Advisory Council that outlined approaches the county can take to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050.