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Chicago Restaurant Sopraffina Becomes First Bulk Buyer of Cook County Jail Garden Produce

By at July 31, 2013 | 11:07 am | 0 Comment

Chicago Restaurant Sopraffina Becomes First Bulk Buyer of Cook County Jail Garden Produce

Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today that the Cook County Jail’s urban garden has its first bulk buyer of produce: Chicago-based restaurant Sopraffina. Sopraffina, which has five downtown Chicago locations, specializes in Italian food made from locally raised and sustainable produce. The restaurant will purchase, in bulk, jail-grown Roma tomatoes, basil, kale, more...

Elected Officials , Features

Statement from Sheriff Dart on the Conceal Carry Law

By at July 19, 2013 | 9:03 am | 1 Comments

Statement from Sheriff Dart on the Conceal Carry Law

Originally published July 11, 2013 at the Cook County Sheriff's website Sheriff Dart reminds the public that while the Firearm Concealed Carry Act (PA 98-0062) became state law on July 9, 2013, it remains illegal to carry a concealed handgun without a license issued by the Illinois State Police. Under the Act, the Illinois State Police has 180 days to make the more...

Elected Officials , Law Enforcement and Jails

Cook County Board Bans Assault Weapons, Toughens Penalties

By at July 17, 2013 | 3:23 pm | 6 Comments

Cook County Board Bans Assault Weapons, Toughens Penalties

The Cook County Board of Commissioners today approved changes to the county’s assault weapons ban and toughened penalties for violations of the ordinance. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Commissioner Jesus G. “Chuy” Garcia (D-7th) and Commissioner Larry Suffredin (D-13th) sponsored amendments to the “Blair Holt Assault Weapons Ban,” named for more...

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Cook County Awards Nearly $2 Million In Anti-Violence Funding

By at July 17, 2013 | 3:19 pm | 4 Comments

Cook County Awards Nearly $2 Million In Anti-Violence Funding

The Cook County Board today approved $1.9 million in grants for 15 local community groups. The organizations’ work will be aimed at reducing violence in Cook County. The grant proposals were recommended by the Violence Prevention, Intervention and Reduction Advisory Committee, which was established by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle as part of the 2013 more...

Elected Officials , Featured News , President's Office

Cook County Board Approves New Parking Tax Rates

By at July 17, 2013 | 3:15 pm | 0 Comment

Cook County Board Approves New Parking Tax Rates

The Cook County Board today approved an amendment that would lower the tax rate for many individuals who park in garages and lots. Commissioners approved a 6 percent tax rate for daily parking and a 9 percent rate for weekly and monthly parking. This change is the result in a state law passed this year that allows Cook County to adopt a percentage-based rate, as more...

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Chicago TIF revenue up 1%, down 3% in suburbs

By at July 16, 2013 | 10:27 am | 0 Comment

Chicago TIF revenue up 1%, down 3% in suburbs

Originally published at the Cook County Clerk's website Cook County Clerk David Orr on Thursday released the 2012 TIF revenue report, which shows $723 million was collected in the 435 active tax increment financing (TIF) districts in Chicago and suburban Cook County. Chicago will collect $457 million in TIF revenue for the 2012 tax year. Chicago’s 2012 TIF more...

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Proviso Township: Preregistration Property Tax Assessment Appeal

By at July 10, 2013 | 11:59 am | 0 Comment

Proviso Township: Preregistration Property Tax Assessment Appeal

The 2012 second installment property tax bill payments are due on Thursday, August 1, 2013. Property owners who did not file a property tax assessment appeal with the Board of Review for the 2012 property tax cycle, are encouraged to attend a property tax assessment appeal forum in Proviso Township on Tuesday, July 9, at the Broadview Missionary Baptist Church, located at more...

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Clerk Orr releases 2012 Tax Rates

By at June 26, 2013 | 9:57 am | 1 Comments

Clerk Orr releases 2012 Tax Rates

Cook County Clerk David Orr’s office on Tuesday released the 2012 property tax rates of more than 1,500 taxing agencies* showing the City of Chicago’s composite tax rate increased 17 percent in 2012, while tax rates in suburban Cook County increased 10 to 15 percent. Chicago’s equalized assessed value (EAV) fell 13 percent, contributing greatly to the rate more...

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Second-Installment Property Tax Bills to be Mailed on Time for Second Consecutive Year

By at June 25, 2013 | 9:30 am | 1 Comments

Second-Installment Property Tax Bills to be Mailed on Time for Second Consecutive Year

Cook County officials today announced that 1.6 million second-installment property tax bills will be mailed to residents on time for the second consecutive year. Property tax bills are expected to arrive in mail boxes around July 1. “We said last year that this would become the norm, it was not an anomaly,” Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said.  more...

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Orr shares SEI source code with other county clerks

By at June 19, 2013 | 3:21 pm | 0 Comment

Orr shares SEI source code with other county clerks

Cook County Clerk David Orr invites all Illinois county clerks to use the source code developed by his office for an online Statements of Economic Interests filing system. “Every clerk in this state is responsible for collecting statements from elected officials and some public employees,” Orr said. “Since my office has already created a system for online filing, more...

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