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Cook County, Homeland Security, and Forest Preserve District Urge Citizens To Use County Services To Keep Cool

By at June 27, 2012 | 3:36 pm | 0 Comment

Cook County, Homeland Security, and Forest Preserve District Urge Citizens To Use County Services To Keep Cool

The Cook County Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (DHSEM) and the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, along with County Board President Toni Preckwinkle are encouraging citizens to be prepared and keep cool as temperatures elevate to the upper 90’s during what the National Weather Service advises is a “heat wave,” a period of extreme more...

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Clerk David Orr Releases 2011 Tax Rates

By at June 27, 2012 | 3:22 pm | 0 Comment

Clerk David Orr Releases 2011 Tax Rates

Cook County Clerk David Orr’s office on Tuesday released the 2011 property tax rates for more than 1,500 taxing agencies* in Chicago and suburban Cook County. This completes a process that started last December when each local taxing district, as required by law, filed its levy with the Clerk’s office. Each levy represents the amount of revenue an individual taxing more...

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Statement From President Preckwinkle On Marijuana Ticketing Vote

By at June 27, 2012 | 2:25 pm | 2 Comments

Statement From President Preckwinkle On Marijuana Ticketing Vote

Today’s City Council vote in favor of marijuana ticketing is a promising step in the right direction. I congratulate and thank Mayor Emanuel, Alderman Daniel Solis, and my former colleagues on the council for supporting the reform of unjust drug policies that burden our court system, police and jail. It is encouraging to see the forward movement with today’s vote, more...

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Enjoy the outdoors this summer – just stay cool and be safe

By at June 27, 2012 | 12:26 pm | 0 Comment

Enjoy the outdoors this summer – just stay cool and be safe

“Summer is in full swing with the Fourth of July right around the corner,” said Cook County Department of Public Health interim chief operating officer Sandra Martell, RN, DNP. “Now is the time to get outside and enjoy the summer with your family. Just remember while you are enjoying picnics and block parties, this is the time of year when reports of foodborne more...

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President Preckwinkle Releases 2013 Preliminary Budget

By at June 27, 2012 | 11:49 am | 4 Comments

President Preckwinkle Releases 2013 Preliminary Budget

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today released the preliminary budget for Fiscal Year 2013, projecting a shortfall of $267.5 million. The latest projection is a clear sign of the progress being made to stabilize County finances after preliminary budget shortfalls of $487 million for FY 2011 and $315 million for FY 2012.  President Preckwinkle pointed more...

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Preckwinkle Lays Out Vision For Cook County Land Bank

By at June 21, 2012 | 11:59 am | 3 Comments

Preckwinkle Lays Out Vision For Cook County Land Bank

[caption id="attachment_7411" align="alignnone" width="400" caption="Toni Preckwinkle discusses vacant property strategies in a panel discussion moderated by NPR's Bob Edwards"][/caption] Speaking at a national conference on vacant property and land use, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today announced her vision for a Cook County Land Bank, an entity more...

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Cook County’s Chief Information Officer Talks about Shared Services at Harvard

By at June 19, 2012 | 5:08 pm | 0 Comment

Cook County’s Chief Information Officer Talks about Shared Services at Harvard

Greg Wass, Chief Information Officer for Cook County Government is presenting at  "The 2012 Public Sector and Education Shared Services Summit: Pathways to Transformation" conference being hosted by Harvard University. The conference runs from June 20th through June 22nd. Shared services is a responsibility that involves a systemic approach to human capital more...

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Detail of Changes to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office

By at June 19, 2012 | 12:31 pm | 3 Comments

Detail of Changes to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office

Some of the biggest changes at the ME's office involve additional measures to promote employee health and safety.  For example, the Stroger Hospital Safety Division (SHSD) will begin training employees on safety issues this week, will develop a written hazard plan, and will also obtain more effective personal protective equipment for employees.  On-site infectious more...

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Cook County Strengthens Commitment to Summer Jobs Program for Youth, “One Summer Chicago”

By at June 18, 2012 | 11:23 am | 1 Comments

Cook County Strengthens Commitment to Summer Jobs Program for Youth, “One Summer Chicago”

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today was joined by several Board Commissioners to announce the County is increasing its contribution to the One Summer Plus program, a targeted jobs program directed at youth in the city’s high risk communities, to $265,000. The County’s funding to One Summer Plus will aid in providing opportunities for 700 young more...

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Statement From President Preckwinkle On Immigration Executive Order

By at June 15, 2012 | 3:19 pm | 3 Comments

Statement From President Preckwinkle On Immigration Executive Order

Statement From President Preckwinkle On Immigration Executive Order: I applaud President Obama’s decision to stop deporting young, undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children. Allowing these young people, who are either in school or the military, to stay and work in the U.S. offers hope to hard working residents and brings us closer to realizing more...

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