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Final Show for Controversial Tax Levy

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The Suburban Cook County Tuberculosis Sanitarium District’s first operating clinic was established in 1949 in Forest Park.

Cook County tax bills are expected to land in mailboxes this week. This is the last time suburban residents will see a controversial line-item.

The Suburban Cook County Tuberculosis Sanitarium District. For years it was targeted by politicians and civic watchdogs. They called it archaic, unnecessary and wasteful. And this summer they got their way.

The TB district officially folded into the Cook County Bureau of Health Services. But, for one last time, suburban residents will be paying the TB district’s tax levy. That’s set this year at a half-a-cent for every 100 dollars of assessed property. The money collected from the tax will find its way to the county coffers.

Even though the sanitarium district is no more, a health department spokesperson says the three TB clinics remain open for business.

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