Joining the City of Chicago and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), Cook County is suing the Illinois towns Kankakee and Channahon for millions in alleged lost revenue. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said Monday that the two cities have allowed Chicago companies to divert
Cook County has found a new way to make money: by cracking down on stores that aren't paying cigarette taxes. At the urging of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's office, the sheriff's office has fined retailers almost $400,000 in the first three weeks of the project.
Cook County board president Toni Preckwinkle reported Tuesday that the county's falling short of its goal to trim budget costs.Almost 360 employees have been laid off this year, instead of the 500 that County Board President Toni Preckwinkle asked for in March.
Two Cook County board commissioners have changed their minds about taking furlough days. Board members have spent the week debating whether they should have to take unpaid days off, even though it was in the budget.Commissioner Joan Murphy had refused to take the days off and asked to be reimbu
Some Cook County Board commissioners are refusing to take furlough days, even though the unpaid days off were in the budget passed in February. Commissioners had agreed then to take five unpaid days off, plus five government shutdown days, to help cut this year's budget.
The headline on the Cook County budget website reads: "The Cook County 2012 budget: How did we get here?"And "here" includes an estimated $315 million dollar shortfall, which roughly equates to 10% of the county's total annual operating budget."