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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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Toni Preckwinkle calls for fair phone rates for inmates

By at December 4, 2012 | 1:08 am | 2 Comments

Toni Preckwinkle calls for fair phone rates for inmates

Originally published in the December 3, 2012 edition of the Chicago Sun-Times.com For too long, inmates in Cook County have faced a significant barrier to communicating with their loved ones: high-priced phone calls. Inmates and their families have been asked to pay incredibly high rates to talk on the phone, as much as $15 for 15 minutes. Overcharging families for more...

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President Preckwinkle Welcomes Delegation from Nanchang, China and talks about Economic Development

By at November 28, 2012 | 8:40 am | 0 Comment

President Preckwinkle Welcomes Delegation from Nanchang, China and talks about Economic Development

Originally published on the Commit to Cook website, November 27, 2012 On November 20, President Preckwinkle welcomed a delegation of 25 high-level government officials from Nanchang, China, hosted by WorldChicago, who were  interested in gaining knowledge on economnic development and energy in the United States. The meeting, held at 69 W. Washington, 35th Floor, more...

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Cook County Launches DUI Memorial Program

By at November 19, 2012 | 4:00 pm | 1 Comments

Cook County Launches DUI Memorial Program

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today announced the launch a program that will let families purchase a memorial marker near the site of a DUI fatality to commemorate the loss of a loved one. Under the new DUI Memorial Program, families can acquire the marker online for fatal DUI crashes on or after January 1, 1990 on highways under the jurisdiction of the more...

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President Preckwinkle Details $5 Million Fund to Improve Infrastructure in Unincorporated Cook County

By at November 8, 2012 | 12:28 pm | 0 Comment

President Preckwinkle Details $5 Million Fund to Improve Infrastructure in Unincorporated Cook County

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today laid out details of a $5 million fund to improve infrastructure in unincorporated Cook County. Earlier this year, the Unincorporated Cook County Task Force described a number of barriers to annexing Cook County’s roughly 62 square miles of unincorporated land.  About 100,000 people live in such areas. Each more...

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Cook County Health and Hospitals System Announces 1115 Medicaid Waiver

By at October 31, 2012 | 2:31 pm | 4 Comments

Cook County Health and Hospitals System Announces 1115 Medicaid Waiver

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Health and Hospitals System (CCHHS) Chief Executive Officer Dr. Ram Raju today announced that pre-enrollment has started for Cook County residents who qualify for “CountyCare” a Medicaid benefits program for adults. County Care is the new program approved under the federal government’s 1115 Medicaid Waiver which more...

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Cook County to Dedicate $2 Million Towards Violence Prevention

By at October 31, 2012 | 10:26 am | 12 Comments

Cook County to Dedicate $2 Million Towards Violence Prevention

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced today a compromise to the proposed firearm and ammunition tax and a $2 million dedicated to violence prevention, intervention and reduction programs that combat gun violence. The County will impose a $25 tax on the purchase of firearms, while eliminating the proposed tax on ammunition. The $2 million, which more...

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President Preckwinkle Announces Adjustment to Proposed Tax on Gambling Machines

By at October 30, 2012 | 12:40 pm | 0 Comment

President Preckwinkle Announces Adjustment to Proposed Tax on Gambling Machines

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today announced an adjustment to her proposed tax on gambling machines by creating a two-tiered system. The tax rate would be $1,000 per electronic gambling device, such as a slot machine, and $200 per video gaming terminal, such as a video poker machine.  The Gambling Machine Tax will continue to be paid by the machine more...

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President Preckwinkle Announces Modification to the Proposed Buy Local Tax

By at October 29, 2012 | 3:16 pm | 2 Comments

President Preckwinkle Announces Modification to the Proposed Buy Local Tax

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced today a modification to the proposed Buy Local Tax, which incentivizes businesses and residents to buy goods in Cook County by increasing the exemption from $2,500 to $3,500 in annual purchases. The change will provide businesses and residents more leeway to purchase goods throughout the year.  President more...

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Cook County lands $100 million federal waiver

By at October 29, 2012 | 11:41 am | 0 Comment

Cook County lands $100 million federal waiver

Originally published in the October 29, 2012 edition of Crain's Chicago Business Cook County hit a $100 million jackpot over the weekend. In a little noticed but crucial decision announced Friday night, the federal government signed off on a request by county board President Toni Preckwinkle to enroll 114,000 low-income people a year early in the Medicaid more...

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