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Judge orders halt to Cook County tax

County to have new parking tax rates, possible parental leave policy

The Cook County board signed off on a measure Wednesday that would replace the county’s tiered parking tax structure with a percentage-based rate, a system the county says has been implemented in cities such as Philadelphia and New York.

Commissioners approved a 6 percent tax rate for daily parking and a 9 percent rate for weekly and monthly parking that will take effect Sept. 1. The change was made possible by a state law passed earlier this year that allows the county to implement the new structure.

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.

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.

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