Cook County government is making money off people who are locked up in the county jail. It sounds conspiratorial, but it’s true. People who are arrested pay substantial fees to support the system that is detaining and prosecuting them.
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says he wants changes to an ordinance that frees some jail inmates wanted by immigration authorities. But the law’s supporters say they still have the votes to keep it intact.The ordinance, approved last September, prohibits the sheriff from complying with U.S.
A debate about a Cook County ordinance that frees some inmates wanted by immigration authorities could get hotter. At its meeting Wednesday, the County Board agreed to consider two proposed amendments that would scale back the ordinance.
When Toni Preckwinkle took over as Cook County Board President last December, she vowed to do things differently than her predecessor Todd Stroger. Preckwinkle initiated the reversal of Stroger’s penny-on-the-dollar sales tax increase and she also promised to lead the county on a "new course."