A Cook County commissioner is quietly proposing an ordinance that would require the county’s massive jail to release some inmates wanted by immigration authorities.Sponsored by Jesús García, D-Chicago, the measure would prohibit the jail from holding inmates based on an Immigration and Customs Enfor
An Illinois board granted a reprieve to a hospital in south suburban Chicago at a meeting filled with chanting protesters.The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board said Monday it intends to deny Cook County's plans for Oak Forest Hospital.
In a surprise move, the Cook County Board of Commissioners voted today to roll back a controversial sales tax increase.At the start of her term, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle had pledged to roll back the sales tax by a quarter of a percent in 2012 and another quarter of a percent in 2
Cook County’s health system says it will cut about 300 positions in fiscal 2011. But a nurses union is threatening to strike over the plan. The cash-strapped county’s Health and Hospitals System has been shrinking its payroll for years.
The head of the Cook County Board is putting the brakes on nearly 200 county construction projects and service contracts to help close the county's $500 dollar budget deficit.Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle issued an executive order Monday that enacts a moratorium on more than
In her inaugural speech Monday, the new President of the Cook County Board laid out her agenda: To cut costs and close the estimated $487 million deficit. Toni Preckwinkle vowed to streamline County business and presented a timeline for rolling back the remaining half-penny sales tax hike.
The new Cook County Board, sworn in Monday, is promising to be more civil than its predecessor.So far, they're all getting along. But the county board hasn't always been the friendliest of places. It has a history of spawning some epic political rivalries.