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Lobbyists earned nearly $1 million in first half of 2011

By at July 25, 2011 | 12:01 pm | 0 Comment

Lobbyists earned nearly $1 million in first half of 2011

Lobbyists were paid nearly $1 million during the first half of 2011 as they attempted to influenceCookCountyofficials, although the number of reported contacts dropped by nearly 10 percent, Clerk David Orr announced Monday. The 178 active lobbyists in Cook Countyearned $924,136 and reported 632 lobbying contacts from January to June, down from 700 contacts during the more...

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831 couples applied for Civil Union licenses during June

By at July 18, 2011 | 4:44 pm | 1 Comments

831 couples applied for Civil Union licenses during June

Cook County Clerk David Orr issued 831 civil union licenses during June, the first month civil union licenses were issued in Illinois. "It's thrilling to see so many happy couples getting licenses and celebrating their relationships," Orr said. "My office is dedicated to making this milestone special for each and every couple." The Clerk's office collected more than more...

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Commissioner Murphy’s Recent National and Statewide Appointments

By at July 18, 2011 | 3:12 pm | 0 Comment

Commissioner Murphy’s Recent National and Statewide Appointments

Commissioner Joan Patricia Murphy was appointed in February to President Obama’s National Ocean Council Governance Coordinating Committee (NOCGCC) established under Executive Order 13547.  As a local government representative for NOC Murphy joins a group of state, local, and tribal officials to deliberate and coordinate with the Federal government on the National Ocean more...

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Two-week Camp Kicks Off, Pairing Cook County Sheriff’s Officers, Staff and Kids

By at July 12, 2011 | 1:20 pm | 1 Comments

Two-week Camp Kicks Off, Pairing Cook County Sheriff’s Officers, Staff and Kids

Three years after the Cook County Sheriff’s Office took over full-time policing duties in Ford Heights, children from that community are getting the opportunity to learn more about the world around them and the officers who serve and protect them on a daily basis. Sheriff Dart’s Youth Camp kicks off this week with activities aimed at not only improving the minds more...

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Cook County Board President Preckwinkle Unveils STAR Performance Management Report

By at July 7, 2011 | 10:57 am | 1 Comments

Cook County Board President Preckwinkle Unveils STAR Performance Management Report

In an unprecedented effort to implement long-term financial planning and instill a new culture of accountability in Cook County government, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle unveiled the first Set Targets, Achieve Results (STAR) performance management report today, joined by elected officials from across the county. This is the first time performance more...

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Reassessment Notices Mailed to Bremen Township Taxpayers

By at June 28, 2011 | 2:41 pm | 0 Comment

Reassessment Notices Mailed to Bremen Township Taxpayers

Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios announced that on June 23, 2011, reassessment notices were mailed to close to 33,000 single family and 6,200 condominium homeowners in Bremen Township. "Our goal at the Assessor’s Office is to ensure that all property owners are equitably assessed," Assessor Berrios said. "I encourage all homeowners to review their reassessment more...

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Commissioners Gainer, Fritchey host property tax assessment seminar for Lake View Township

By at June 28, 2011 | 8:27 am | 0 Comment

Commissioners Gainer, Fritchey host property tax assessment seminar for Lake View Township

Join Cook County Commissioners Bridget Gainer and John Fritchey at a workshop this Thursday evening for Lake View Township homeowners. Speak with representatives from the Assessor’s office regarding the assessed value of your home and find out if you qualify for money-saving exemptions that can lower your property tax bill. June 30, 2011 6:30 pm - 8:30 more...

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President Preckwinkle Launches Cook County Works Summer Youth Employment Program

By at June 20, 2011 | 2:29 pm | 2 Comments

President Preckwinkle Launches Cook County Works Summer Youth Employment Program

Reaffirming her commitment to broadening the County’s economic development efforts and creating employment opportunities for youth, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today launched the Cook County Works Youth Employment Program, aimed at providing training and employment to youth throughout the region. “We are emerging from a time of terrible economic more...

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Sheriff’s Office Torch Run Kick-off

By at June 7, 2011 | 4:33 pm | 0 Comment

Sheriff’s Office Torch Run Kick-off

Officials from the Cook County Sheriff’s Office and local law enforcement leaders will be kicking off Leg 5 of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics on Tuesday, June 7th.  The Sheriff's Office is hosting the kickoff ceremony in the parking lot of Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Van Buren, Chicago at 8:30 a.m., with the run beginning at 9 a.m.     This is more...

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Clerk Orr’s office issues first Civil Union licenses in Illinois

By at June 1, 2011 | 3:37 pm | 6 Comments

Clerk Orr’s office issues first Civil Union licenses in Illinois

Cook County Clerk David Orr's office issued its first civil union license this morning to Janean Watkins and Lakeesha Harris of Chicago, who arrived at midnight to be the first couple in line at the Daley Center. About 75 couples and their supporters arrived before the Clerk's office opened at 7:30 a.m. today, the first day Illinois allows civil unions under a law first more...

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