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Cook County

Ex-assessor’s office clerk charged with stealing more than $100,000

Massive garden sprouting atop massive McCormick Place

Neglected rape kits require Cook County victims to recount assaults

Moody's cuts Cook County bond rating to A1

County commissioners call for cellphone law to deter human trafficking

In an attempt to tackle the sweeping problem of human trafficking, the Cook County Board passed a resolution on Wednesday calling for either a state or federal law that would require cellphone providers to keep a photo ID and physical address of all customers.

According to resolution language, human trafficking perpetrators and victims alike tend to use no-contract, prepaid cellphones, which are “impossible to track because phone carriers do not require a contact, photo identification or minimum age.”

Revenue shortfall in CountyCare

Cook County is falling short on the revenue expected to be received from CountyCare, the federal waiver program providing health care to county residents newly qualified for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.  

John Cookinham, chief financial officer of the Cook County Health and Hospitals System, told Cook County board members on Wednesday that the shortfall is due to state delays in completing Medicaid applications.

Toni Preckwinkle appoints new ethics chief after Berrios flap

Stroger Hospital names atrium after Richard Phelan

An atrium in Stroger Hospital’s Specialty Care Center has been renamed in honor of Richard Phelan, who served as president of the Cook County board from 1990 to 1994.

The area was officially designated as the Richard J. Phelan Specialty Care Atrium during a ceremony held Monday.

Preckwinkle dumps top Cook County ethics official who fought Berrios over nepotism

Cook County nixes gun-court idea: Commissioner John Fritchey