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President Preckwinkle Announces Adjustment to Proposed Tax on Gambling Machines

By at October 30, 2012 | 12:40 pm | 0 Comment

President Preckwinkle Announces Adjustment to Proposed Tax on Gambling Machines

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today announced an adjustment to her proposed tax on gambling machines by creating a two-tiered system. The tax rate would be $1,000 per electronic gambling device, such as a slot machine, and $200 per video gaming terminal, such as a video poker machine.  The Gambling Machine Tax will continue to be paid by the machine more...

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President Preckwinkle Announces Modification to the Proposed Buy Local Tax

By at October 29, 2012 | 3:16 pm | 2 Comments

President Preckwinkle Announces Modification to the Proposed Buy Local Tax

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced today a modification to the proposed Buy Local Tax, which incentivizes businesses and residents to buy goods in Cook County by increasing the exemption from $2,500 to $3,500 in annual purchases. The change will provide businesses and residents more leeway to purchase goods throughout the year.  President more...

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Cook County lands $100 million federal waiver

By at October 29, 2012 | 11:41 am | 0 Comment

Cook County lands $100 million federal waiver

Originally published in the October 29, 2012 edition of Crain's Chicago Business Cook County hit a $100 million jackpot over the weekend. In a little noticed but crucial decision announced Friday night, the federal government signed off on a request by county board President Toni Preckwinkle to enroll 114,000 low-income people a year early in the Medicaid more...

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On the Mend-Cook County’s Health System is in Recovery

By at October 25, 2012 | 12:12 pm | 0 Comment

On the Mend-Cook County’s Health System is in Recovery

Originally published in the October 25, 2012 edition of ChicagoTribune.com. Image courtesy of the Chicago Tribune: One of the highlights of the budget presentation Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle made last week to the Tribune editorial board was an impressively streamlined $868 million spending plan for the health system. In this case, what more...

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President Preckwinkle, Dr. Raju, Health Advocates Highlight Public Health Benefits of Cigarette Tax

By at October 23, 2012 | 11:00 am | 10 Comments

President Preckwinkle, Dr. Raju, Health Advocates Highlight Public Health Benefits of Cigarette Tax

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Cook County Health and Hospitals System (CCHHS) CEO Dr. Ram Raju joined with local physicians and healthcare advocates at the Cook County Trauma and Burn Unit at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital to highlight the public health benefits of a proposed $1 increase in the cigarette tax. Preckwinkle pointed to a recent analysis by more...

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President Preckwinkle Budget “Scores” According to Crain’s Chicago Business

By at October 22, 2012 | 5:43 pm | 0 Comment

President Preckwinkle Budget “Scores” According to Crain’s Chicago Business

Originally published Monday, October 22, in Crain's Chicago Business Not all local budgets play by the rules By Greg Hinz Ah, fall! Time for some fun and games: a run for a score here, a misdirection play over there, Hail Marys, an occasional fumble and (if the offense stalls) kicking it way, way down the road, er, field. I'm not talking about the Bears and more...

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Cook County Chief Of Staff, Kurt A. Summers, Aims To Streamline Second Largest County In The U.S.

By at October 22, 2012 | 5:42 pm | 1 Comments

Cook County Chief Of Staff, Kurt A. Summers, Aims To Streamline Second Largest County In The U.S.

Originally published on Sunday, October 21, by Huffington Post Black Voices: Chicago may be known as the “City That Works,” but that’s because the county -- Cook County that is -- works. In this day and age, reform (especially of the fiscal kind) is often lauded as the platform for any political campaign, so it was a no-brainer for newly elected Cook County more...

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New Gambling, Bullet Taxes in Cook County Budget

By at October 19, 2012 | 10:47 am | 4 Comments

New Gambling, Bullet Taxes in Cook County Budget

  From the October 18, 2012 edition of Chicago Tonight.com Expect cigarettes, gambling, and bullets to cost more in Cook County, according to Board President Toni Preckwinkle's 2013 budget. She joins us on Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm to discuss plugging a $268 million deficit. Read her proposals below. Click here for more...

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Budget Director Andrea Gibson Talks Revenue Increases, Spending Cuts in Speech to City Club of Chicago

By at September 26, 2012 | 1:40 pm | 4 Comments

Budget Director Andrea Gibson Talks Revenue Increases, Spending Cuts in Speech to City Club of Chicago

Story from ChicagoTribune.com: Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is considering a combination of targeted tax and fee hikes along with cutting costs to bridge what's expected to be a $115 million budget shortfall next year. But a property tax increase remains off the table, and Preckwinkle plans to push ahead with plans to eliminate the last quarter of more...

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Cook County Receives Budget Award

By at July 20, 2012 | 2:40 pm | 0 Comment

Cook County Receives Budget Award

Cook County’s Department of Budget and Management Services has been recognized for meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting, President Preckwinkle announced today. The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has chosen Cook County for their annual Distinguished Budget Presentation Award.  The award tracks more...

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