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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s crack down on illegal cigarettes nets $1.8 million

By at September 12, 2013 | 10:54 am | 2 Comments

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s crack down on illegal cigarettes nets $1.8 million

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today announced the results of her administration’s crack down on illegal cigarette sales. Since taking office, the County has nearly tripled the number of inspections, going from roughly 3,000 to roughly 9,000.  These inspections have resulted in nearly twice as many confiscations, totaling more than 75,000 packs of more...

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Proposed Changes to Solid Waste and Recycling Ordinance Would Give County New Tools to Protect the Environment

By at September 12, 2013 | 9:32 am | 0 Comment

Proposed Changes to Solid Waste and Recycling Ordinance Would Give County New Tools to Protect the Environment

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today introduced an ordinance that would give Cook County significant new tools and information to increase recycling, prosecute fly-dumping and reduce thefts of metal and other valuable materials from public and private property. Overall, the proposed ordinance contains provisions designed to protect public health and more...

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Cook County Board Approves Medical Examiner’s Ordinance Changes to Explore the Use of Cremation

By at September 11, 2013 | 5:20 pm | 1 Comments

Cook County Board Approves Medical Examiner’s Ordinance Changes to Explore the Use of Cremation

The Cook County Board today unanimously approved changes to the Medical Examiner’s ordinance that for the first time would allow it the option of cremating the bodies of unclaimed and disclaimed indigents. The ordinance's original sponsors were Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Commissioners Jeffrey Tobolski (16th) and Elizabeth Doody Gorman more...

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Avoid Possible Exposure to Rabies by Avoiding Bats and Wild Animals

By at September 9, 2013 | 2:30 pm | 0 Comment

Avoid Possible Exposure to Rabies by Avoiding Bats and Wild Animals

Cook County Department of Public Health officials remind residents that bats are active this time of year, which means the possibility of exposure to rabies is increasing. Five bats have tested positive for rabies so far this year in suburban Cook County. Rabies is a virus that affects the nervous system of humans and other mammals. A person may contract rabies through more...

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Don’t Miss Thursday’s Law Library Brown Bag Lunch Discussion on Voting Rights

By at August 26, 2013 | 3:29 pm | 0 Comment

Don’t Miss Thursday’s Law Library Brown Bag Lunch Discussion on Voting Rights

This month's Law Library Brown Bag Lunch Discussion topic is "Voting Rights,"  a particularly timely issue as this month marks both the 48th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s signing of the Voting Rights Act and the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Voting rights continue to be very much in the national spotlight, and this session will explore more...

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Public Hearing, September 19th: Ending the Exploitation of Women and Girls: Exploring Future Goals and Objectives

By at August 26, 2013 | 11:33 am | 0 Comment

Public Hearing, September 19th: Ending the Exploitation of Women and Girls: Exploring Future Goals and Objectives

9/19 Update: Click here to watch today's meeting, beginning at 9:00 am According to the Cook County Commission on Women's Issues, there are more people being bought and sold at this moment than in the entire 300-year history of the Atlantic Slave Trade. This public hearing on the efforts of Cook County Government to end the exploitation of women and girls will more...

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President Preckwinkle Delivers Keynote Address at Event on Opportunities for Investment in Chicago’s Southland

By at August 22, 2013 | 8:06 am | 0 Comment

President Preckwinkle Delivers Keynote Address at Event on Opportunities for Investment in Chicago’s Southland

Originally published at the Bureau of Economic Development website, August 21, 2013. Click here to go to the full story. Speaking to a full house, President Preckwinkle gave the Keynote Address at Opportunities for Investment in Chicago’s Southland, an event sponsored by IceMiller, LLP, that brought together the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association (SSMMA) more...

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U.S. Rep. Duckworth visits County, Files Her Discharge Papers With Recorder of Deeds Veterans Service Office

By at August 20, 2013 | 1:37 pm | 0 Comment

U.S. Rep. Duckworth visits County, Files Her Discharge Papers With Recorder of Deeds Veterans Service Office

U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-IL, visited the Cook County Building on Aug. 16, touring the Cook County Recorder of Deeds’ Veterans Service office and filing her DD-214 military discharge papers with the Recorder. Duckworth also met with county officials including Recorder Karen Yarbrough, Cook County Director of Veterans Affairs Bill Browne, Brian Cross of the more...

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Air Pollution Action Day Alert Issued for Tuesday, August 20th

By at August 20, 2013 | 9:18 am | 0 Comment

Air Pollution Action Day Alert Issued for Tuesday, August 20th

The Illinois Partners for Clean Air and Illinois Environmental Protection Agency have issued an Air Pollution Action Day Alert to individuals and businesses in the Chicago Metropolitan area.  Air pollution levels are expected to reach the “Orange” or “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” category on the national Air Quality Index on Tuesday, August 20th.  This will more...

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Study: One Summer Chicago Plus Youth Employment Program Cuts Violent Crime Arrests in Half

By at August 9, 2013 | 10:10 am | 0 Comment

Study: One Summer Chicago Plus Youth Employment Program Cuts Violent Crime Arrests in Half

At-risk youth who participated in the 2012 One Summer Plus program experienced a 51 percent drop in arrests for violent crime, according to new study released from the University of Chicago Crime Lab. City officials are building upon that success by studying the impact of One Summer Plus on participants in 2013 and establishing the model for future youth more...

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