Voter turnout was near the record low in suburban Cook County on Tuesday. About 16 percent of registered voters took to the polls, with some precincts still not counted.The record low was in 2007 when 17 percent of voters cast ballots.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said that Rahm Emanuel's proposal to tax some services is going nowhere. Chicago's mayor-elect has said he wants to broaden the sales tax to cover what he called "luxury" services, while lowering the tax rate.
Rahm Emanuel and Toni Preckwinkle said Tuesday they could cut costs by possibly merging parts of their governments. The new Chicago mayor-elect and the new-ish Cook County board president stood before cameras to work in the buzz words of the day: collaboration, streamlining, coordination.
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.