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Cook County

County Board approves firearm measures, $2 million to fund anti-violence initiatives

Reacting to a state deadline to approve changes in local gun ordinances, the Cook County Board today approved two gun control measures and unanimously voted to hand out nearly $2 million to local groups for anti-violence initiatives.

Cook County property tax bills to show how much goes to TIF districts

Ex-Commissioner Moreno pleads guilty to bribery

Preckwinkle projects $152 million deficit in 2014 preliminary budget

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle released on Thursday a preliminary budget for the county’s next fiscal year, which includes an expected $152.1 million operating deficit.

The deficit is driven by $166 million in cost increases related to employee healthcare benefits, personnel and non-personnel spending, according to a press release from Preckwinkle’s office.

This year’s rollback of the county’s 0.25 percent sales tax accounts and a recent reduction in the non-titled use tax will lead to an estimated $60 million in lost revenue.

Cook County Hospital CEO explores CountyCare extension

Cook County Health and Hospitals System CEO Ramanathan Raju said that he met this week with U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and asked the senator to help extend some form of federal support for CountyCare, an ambitious, federally-funded Medicaid benefits program that expires in January.

“We are basically saying that after the CountyCare demonstration ends we want to continue it in some form,” Raju said on Thursday in an address to the CCHHS board. “We should not dismantle this infrastructure.”

Beavers denied new trial, sentencing date set

Preckwinkle wants governments in Chicago region to collaborate on economic issues

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Tuesday called for greater economic cooperation within the Chicago region, including “ending the cross border competitive zero sum game that occurs between municipalities, between counties and between states in our region.”

“Most public dollars spent on economic development are used to retain or attract business, but that does not create new jobs or improve the economy of the region as a whole,” Preckwinkle said at a City Club of Chicago event.


Cook County business property owners to see higher tax bills

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