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Cook County Board Creates Land Bank

By at January 17, 2013 | 9:02 am | 4 Comments

Cook County Board Creates Land Bank

The Board of Commissioners unanimously approved an ordinance to create the Cook County Land Bank Authority today, making it the most populous county in the United States to establish the innovative planning tool. The Land Bank Authority is being created as an agency of the County so it can help return vacant and abandoned properties to productive use. It will promote more...

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President Preckwinkle Introduces Ordinance Requiring Lost Or Stolen Firearms Be Reported Within 48 Hours Or Face $1,000 Fine

By at January 17, 2013 | 9:01 am | 9 Comments

President Preckwinkle Introduces Ordinance Requiring Lost Or Stolen Firearms Be Reported Within 48 Hours Or Face $1,000 Fine

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today introduced an ordinance that would require gun owners to report the loss, theft, destruction or transfer of firearms. The ordinance will require individuals who lose, destroy, transfer or have their firearm stolen in the County, to report it to the Sheriff’s Office within 48 hours.  Individuals who fail to comply more...

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President Preckwinkle Welcomes Carlos Ponce as the New Deputy Chief of Staff of Operations

By at January 16, 2013 | 9:07 am | 0 Comment

President Preckwinkle Welcomes Carlos Ponce as the New Deputy Chief of Staff of Operations

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is pleased to welcome Carlos Ponce as her new Deputy Chief of Staff of Operations. Ponce, 62, has an extensive background in local government, most recently serving as the interim Chief Executive Officer of the Chicago Housing Authority. Ponce, who has been on the CHA board since 2003, was charged with the interim more...

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Statement from Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Legislation Allowing Undocumented Immigrants to Obtain Driver’s Licenses

By at January 8, 2013 | 2:10 pm | 3 Comments

Statement from Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Legislation Allowing Undocumented Immigrants to Obtain Driver’s Licenses

“This commonsense legislation will allow individuals who are already driving to work, school and worship services to continue to do so in Cook County without fear of unnecessary and costly incarceration. Requiring all drivers, regardless of their immigration status, to be trained, tested, licensed and insured will make our roads safer and ease the burden on Cook County more...

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President Preckwinkle Urges Illinois House To Pass Legislation Allowing Undocumented Immigrants to Obtain Driver’s Licenses

By at January 3, 2013 | 2:52 pm | 1 Comments

President Preckwinkle Urges Illinois House To Pass Legislation Allowing Undocumented Immigrants to Obtain Driver’s Licenses

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today urged the Illinois House to adopt legislation that would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses, citing data that it will ease the burden on Cook County’s courts. In Cook County, more than 40,000 tickets were issued in 2012 to motorists for driving without a license. Cook County traffic court 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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President Preckwinkle and Commissioner Gainer Introduce Ordinance Creating A Cook County Land Bank

By at December 18, 2012 | 3:04 pm | 2 Comments

President Preckwinkle and Commissioner Gainer Introduce Ordinance Creating A Cook County Land Bank

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer today introduced legislation creating a Cook County Land Bank Authority, an agency of the County tasked with acquiring vacant and abandoned properties throughout the region to seek to return them to productive use. The Cook County Land Bank Authority, created under the County’s more...

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President Preckwinkle Announces Reduced Phone Call Rates at Cook County Jails and Detention Centers

By at December 18, 2012 | 2:32 pm | 12 Comments

President Preckwinkle Announces Reduced Phone Call Rates at Cook County Jails and Detention Centers

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today announced that Cook County Commissioners amended a contract with Securus Technologies, which will significantly lower the cost of telephone calls detainees in Cook County jails and detention centers place to their friends and families. The County has eliminated the highest-priced call option, $9.99 collect calls to more...

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President Preckwinkle, Sheriff Dart Announce Major Construction Project at Cook County Jail

By at December 10, 2012 | 1:13 pm | 3 Comments

President Preckwinkle, Sheriff Dart Announce Major Construction Project at Cook County Jail

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced today the start of a major construction project at the Cook County Department of Corrections and the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (JTDC) that will improve building standards, increase energy efficiency and realize significant energy savings. The three-year, $34 million dollar project will replace critical more...

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President Preckwinkle Discusses 2 Years in Office on WTTW-11′s “Chicago Tonight”

By at December 6, 2012 | 2:38 pm | 0 Comment

President Preckwinkle Discusses 2 Years in Office on WTTW-11′s “Chicago Tonight”

  Orignially appeared on December 5, 2012 at more...

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