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Cook County, Illinois Files Lawsuit Against HSBC, Bank of America, Countrywide and Merrill Lynch for Predatory and Discriminatory Mortgage Lending Practices

By at March 31, 2014 | 4:12 pm | 0 Comment

Cook County, Illinois Files Lawsuit Against HSBC, Bank of America, Countrywide and Merrill Lynch for Predatory and Discriminatory Mortgage Lending Practices

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez today filed lawsuits on behalf of Cook County against HSBC, Bank of America and Bank of America subsidiaries including, Countrywide and Merrill Lynch, alleging that their predatory and discriminatory mortgage lending and loan servicing activities violated the Fair Housing Act. The more...

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President Preckwinkle Seeks To Strengthen Minority- and Women-Owned Businesses In Cook County

By at February 20, 2014 | 8:30 am | 0 Comment

President Preckwinkle Seeks To Strengthen Minority- and Women-Owned Businesses In Cook County

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today introduced proposed revisions to the County’s procurement code to enhance participation of Minority- and Women Owned Business Enterprises (M/WBE) and to crackdown on fraudulent activity. “My administration remains committed to ensuring that M/WBEs share an equal footing with larger companies seeking to do business more...

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Sheriff Dart Announces Results from First Month of Conceal Carry Applications

By at February 5, 2014 | 3:16 pm | 0 Comment

Sheriff Dart Announces Results from First Month of Conceal Carry Applications

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office has objected to the concealed carry applications for 240 individuals within the first month of Illinois’ new concealed carry law, Sheriff Thomas J. Dart said today. Among the 240 applicants, five have already been denied by the Illinois State Police. The Illinois Concealed Carry Licensing Board will review and decide the merits of more...

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Number of Cook County lobbyists, compensation kept growing in 2013

By at January 30, 2014 | 10:13 am | 0 Comment

Number of Cook County lobbyists, compensation kept growing in 2013

Lobbyists reported contacting Cook County officials less in 2013, yet the number of lobbyists and their compensation was higher than any year since online filing began, according to reports submitted to Clerk David Orr’s Lobbyist Online website. Lobbyists were paid more than $2.8 million in 2013, as they attempted to influence Cook County officials on issues more...

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Clerk Orr marries first couple of 2014

By at January 2, 2014 | 12:44 pm | 0 Comment

Clerk Orr marries first couple of 2014

A relentless snowfall that covered the Chicago area Thursday could not deter one couple from becoming Cook County’s first to get married in 2014. Ricca Rivera and Fernando Chaidez had to push their snow-covered car out of their parking spot in Chicago’s North Park neighborhood to make their way to Cook County Clerk David Orr’s downtown office in time to win the more...

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Seven County Chairs and City Representative Meet to Discuss Regional Economic Development

By at December 17, 2013 | 1:19 pm | 1 Comments

Seven County Chairs and City Representative Meet to Discuss Regional Economic Development

For the first time in decades leaders from the region’s public and private economic development sectors gathered to discuss how they can work together to promote a stronger regional economy. County board chief executives from Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, Will counties and the City of Chicago’s deputy mayor met last week at a summit hosted by the more...

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President Preckwinkle, Commissioner Gainer Pledge $100,000 For Summer Jobs At The Forest Preserves District of Cook County

By at November 7, 2013 | 9:21 pm | 1 Comments

President Preckwinkle, Commissioner Gainer Pledge $100,000 For Summer Jobs At The Forest Preserves District of Cook County

Cook County and Forest Preserves Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Commissioner Bridget Gainer (D-10th) today announced an additional $100,000 in the FY 2014 budget to provide young people summer jobs at the Forest Preserves District of Cook County (FPDCC). “Providing teenagers with summer jobs will enhance their development and give them productive ways to more...

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Clerk Orr appointed Senior Fellow at Harris School

By at October 10, 2013 | 3:10 pm | 1 Comments

Clerk Orr appointed Senior Fellow at Harris School

The University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy announced Thursday that Cook County Clerk David Orr has been appointed a Senior Fellow. The appointment is effective September 30, 2013, and runs through June 30, 2016. “Policy practitioners like David Orr are able to give our students insight into how local government really works and what it takes to 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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Lobbyists earned $1.46 million in first half of 2013

By at August 6, 2013 | 11:44 am | 0 Comment

Lobbyists earned $1.46 million in first half of 2013

Lobbyists were paid $1.46 million during the first half of 2013 as they attempted to influence Cook County elected officials and high-ranking employees, Cook County Clerk David Orr announced Tuesday. The 195 active lobbyists in Cook County earned $1,456,675 and reported 517 lobbying contacts from January to June. The number of reported lobbying contacts is the lowest more...

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