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Board of Commissioners

Mental health specialist takes executive director role at Cook County Jail

The Cook County Board on Wednesday unanimously approved the appointment of Dr. Nneka Jones Tapia as executive director of the Cook County Department of Corrections.

County board passes anti-sweatshop measure

Cook County Board members on Wednesday unanimously endorsed a measure sponsored by Commissioner John Fritchey (D-Chicago) that aims to deter the use of sweatshop labor overseas by placing new controls on county procurement. The ordinance creates new guidelines vendors must follow to be eligible to provide the county uniforms for health care, criminal justice and other workers.

Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey pushes anti-sweatshop ordinance

Bring in sheriff's police to stop murders in Austin, county official says

County board committee moves to retain 630 jobs

Members of the Cook County Board’s Business and Economic Development Committee on Wednesday approved property tax incentives that will allow for the retention of over 630 jobs in Cook County and create a dozen new ones.

New public defender calls fair bonding a top priority

Cook County’s new public defender, Amy Patton Campanelli, on Wednesday called for bonding policy reform at Cook County Jail.

The county board’s Legislation and Intergovernmental Relations Committee approved Campanelli’s six-year appointment to the post by voice vote on Wednesday, and the appointment later received approval from the full board. Campanelli is the second woman to serve as the county’s public defender

Preckwinkle avoids symbolic property tax vote pushed by Rauner ally

Rauner ally tries to tie Preckwinkle's hands on property taxes

Preckwinkle readies for Rauner budget cuts

Cook County Board to consider resolution on heroin overdose drug

Cook County Board members on Wednesday are scheduled to vote on a resolution urging county law enforcement officials and first responders to carry naloxone, a drug that is used to prevent death in instances of heroin and other opioid overdoses.