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Clerk Orr unveils wallet civil union and marriage certificates

By at January 11, 2013 | 9:41 am | 0 Comment

Clerk Orr unveils wallet civil union and marriage certificates

Cook County Clerk David Orr announced Thursday new wallet-sized certificates tailor-made for same-sex couples with a civil union, married couples with two different last names or any couple who wants to carry proof of their union. The legal, embossed certificates are available for anyone married or civilly united in Cook County for the same $15 fee as a standard-size more...

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Cook County Clerk David Orr: Gay marriage long overdue in Illinois

By at January 4, 2013 | 2:06 pm | 0 Comment

Cook County Clerk David Orr: Gay marriage long overdue in Illinois

As the clerk in Illinois' most populous county, I urge all legislators to support the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act sponsored by Representative Greg Harris and Senator Heather Steans. This measure will provide all committed couples with the same legal protections under Illinois law - a step that is long overdue. Illinois should join the growing ranks of more...

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First couple starts 2013 with a bang

By at January 3, 2013 | 11:09 am | 1 Comments

First couple starts 2013 with a bang

Stephen Pyo and Angela McKinney were so determined to obtain Cook County's first marriage license of 2013 they lined up two hours before Clerk David Orr's office opened on Wednesday morning. "We wanted to start off the new year right," Pyo said. Dressed for the occasion - he in a grey suit, she in a white lace gown and veil - the couple held hands as they more...

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President Preckwinkle, Business Leaders and Cook County Commissioners Herald Repeal Of Stroger Sales Tax Increase

By at January 2, 2013 | 2:37 pm | 13 Comments

President Preckwinkle, Business Leaders and Cook County Commissioners Herald Repeal Of Stroger Sales Tax Increase

Video streaming by Ustream Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle stood with business leaders today to herald the final rollback of the Stroger sales tax in Cook County, which will result in an overall savings of $440 million for taxpayers. “I have worked hard since taking office to ensure that families and businesses can trust County government more...

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Cook County, Illinois Treasurer Warns U.S. Homeowners And Retirees Of Local Debt Hazards

By at December 19, 2012 | 4:00 pm | 0 Comment

Cook County, Illinois Treasurer Warns U.S. Homeowners And Retirees Of Local Debt Hazards

Originally appeared in the December 18, 2012 edition of Forbes.com Maria Pappas has been Cook County Treasurer since 1998. Her office oversees the finances of the 19th largest government in the United States and collects more than $11 billion annually from property taxes on 1.8 million parcels. She served two terms as a Cook County Commissioner before becoming more...

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Chief Judge Evans enters order which prohibits cell phones in courthouses where criminal matters are heard

By at December 19, 2012 | 3:41 pm | 1 Comments

Chief Judge Evans enters order which prohibits cell phones in courthouses where criminal matters are heard

    Originally appeared in the December 12, 2012 edition of  CookCountyCourt.org Circuit Court of Cook County Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans today announced beginning January 14, 2013, the public will not be permitted to bring cell phones and other electronic devices into any Circuit Court of Cook County courthouse facility except for the Richard J. Daley more...

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Cook County Assessor Berrios Certifies 2012 Assessment

By at December 11, 2012 | 10:07 am | 0 Comment

Cook County Assessor Berrios Certifies 2012 Assessment

Originally published in the December 10, 2012 edition of CookCountyAssessor.com Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios announced today that his office has certified all 2012 assessment values ahead of schedule and earlier than any other recent City of Chicago assessment. The 2012 assessment of the City of Chicago took 335 days to complete, 110 days less than the 2009 more...

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Cook County Tax Bills Continue To Be Higher In 2013

By at December 11, 2012 | 10:02 am | 0 Comment

Cook County Tax Bills Continue To Be Higher In 2013

Originally appeared in the December 11, 2012 edition of CookCountyAssessor.com Homeowners will continue to pay $60 to $75 more when they get their second installment property tax bills in 2013, Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios said on Wednesday. The announcement comes after the Illinois Senate again failed to pass a law that would allow assessors to go after people more...

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Clerk Orr Introduces New Delinquent Property Tax Search

By at December 7, 2012 | 12:18 pm | 0 Comment

Clerk Orr Introduces New Delinquent Property Tax Search

Originally published December 6, 2012 at the Cook County Clerk's website Clerk David Orr today unveiled a time and labor-saving delinquent property tax online search tool that provides instant information on all Cook County properties with sold, forfeited or unpaid taxes in the last 20 years. The delinquent property database contains 222,670 properties with more more...

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Collaboration and Cooperation Result in Improved Safety at Jack Hile Middle School in Oak Forest

By at November 14, 2012 | 3:04 pm | 1 Comments

Collaboration and Cooperation Result in Improved Safety at Jack Hile Middle School in Oak Forest

After student Alex Fitzgerald was struck by a car on 151st Street near the school last April, the Cook County Highway Department moved swiftly to make the area safer. A new traffic signal was installed at the school exit, and the county partnered with the City of Oak Forest to construct a safer crosswalk for students. Brighter street lights were also installed to light more...

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