A state board has rejected Cook County’s plan to close south suburban Oak Forest Hospital, but the proposal is almost certain to come up again.The county says closing Oak Forest Hospital and replacing it with an enhanced outpatient clinic would save money and provide more care.
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.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle says county employees can expect to pay more for health benefits in the future. She spoke with reporters to mark her 100th day in office. Preckwinkle said the salaries of government workers have improved over the years.
Mayor-elect Emanuel’s real counterpart in county government is dealing with an estimated budget shortfall of $487 million. In her transition report last December, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle floated some ideas on how to close that budget shortfall.