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Cook County, Illinois Files Lawsuit Against HSBC, Bank of America, Countrywide and Merrill Lynch for Predatory and Discriminatory Mortgage Lending Practices

By at March 31, 2014 | 4:12 pm | 0 Comment

Cook County, Illinois Files Lawsuit Against HSBC, Bank of America, Countrywide and Merrill Lynch for Predatory and Discriminatory Mortgage Lending Practices

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez today filed lawsuits on behalf of Cook County against HSBC, Bank of America and Bank of America subsidiaries including, Countrywide and Merrill Lynch, alleging that their predatory and discriminatory mortgage lending and loan servicing activities violated the Fair Housing Act. The more...

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Cook County Partners with Philip Morris’s Canine Unit to Combat Illicit Cigarette Trafficking

By at December 13, 2013 | 4:50 pm | 0 Comment

Cook County Partners with Philip Morris’s Canine Unit to Combat Illicit Cigarette Trafficking

Cook County’s Department of Revenue was in the field this week with Philip Morris USA’s Brand Integrity Department’s canine unit.  The company has partnered with Cook County and other law enforcement agencies to help combat illicit cigarette trafficking. Its dogs are trained to detect the odor of tobacco and to alert their handler where tobacco is concealed. With more...

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President Toni Preckwinkle Meets with Suburban Police Chiefs

By at October 3, 2013 | 10:14 am | 0 Comment

President Toni Preckwinkle Meets with Suburban Police Chiefs

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle met with representatives from the North, South, and West Suburban Police Chief associations Tuesday in a continued effort to solve the overcrowding problems in Cook County jail and to discuss the impact of city violence on suburban municipalities. Attendees included Chief James Keegan from Streamwood, Chief Michael Deegan more...

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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...

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President Preckwinkle Opens Medical Facility at the Cook County Department of Corrections

By at June 18, 2013 | 12:12 am | 0 Comment

President Preckwinkle Opens Medical Facility at the Cook County Department of Corrections

On June 13, 2013, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle unveiled an $86 million medical facility at the Cook County Department of Corrections that will provide inmates at the jail access to critical health care services. The Residential Treatment Unit (RTU) will provide treatment for substance abuse, mental illness, general health screenings and evaluations.  more...

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Sheriff Encourages Parks to Participate in “Play Ball” Program

By at May 29, 2013 | 2:59 pm | 0 Comment

Sheriff Encourages Parks to Participate in “Play Ball” Program

The "Play Ball" program is designed to help jump start spring and the baseball season for the youth of Cook County. The Sheriff’s Work Alternative Program (SWAP) completes a three-step process that includes a clean-up of all debris/garbage, first cut of grass and weed wacking, and then dragging and stripping the infield. SWAP is currently asking Cook County park more...

Elected Officials , Law Enforcement and Jails

Watch Our “Justice Through Efficiency” Panel Discussion

By at May 16, 2013 | 12:24 pm | 0 Comment

Watch Our “Justice Through Efficiency” Panel Discussion

On April 29, 2013 Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle was joined by distinguished jurists and the Chief of Police of Aurora, Illinois to discuss how to make the justice system more efficient. Efficient administration of justice promotes a speedy trial and all of its attendant benefits. While that constitutional right to a speedy trial should be reason enough more...

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Electronic communications/Internet devices ban goes into effect April 15 at 26th and California

By at April 14, 2013 | 7:40 am | 0 Comment

Electronic communications/Internet devices ban goes into effect April 15 at 26th and California

Originally appeared at the Cook County Chief Judge's website Circuit Court of Cook County Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans announced that starting Monday, April 15, 2013, the court will begin the enforcement of the full ban on all electronic communications and Internet devices at the George N. Leighton Criminal Court Building at 26th and California. The ban, which was more...

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Over 600 First Responders Train on Active Shooter Situations on 5th Anniversary of Northern Illinois Shooting

By at February 19, 2013 | 11:02 am | 1 Comments

Over 600 First Responders Train on Active Shooter Situations on 5th Anniversary of Northern Illinois Shooting

February 14, 2013 marked the five year anniversary of the tragic Northern Illinois University shooting that killed five and injured twenty-one individuals. Mass shooting incidents continue to happen at an alarming pace, with one occurring in the United States every month since 2009. In remembrance of this event – and in recognition of recent events in places such as more...

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Sheriff Dart Announces the Prohibited Persons’ Enforcement Act

By at January 31, 2013 | 11:36 am | 0 Comment

Sheriff Dart Announces the Prohibited Persons’ Enforcement Act

Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart is proposing gun control legislation aimed at reforming and strengthening the enforcement provisions of the state’s Firearm Owner’s Identification Card (FOID) system; expanding the reporting of persons who are prohibited frompurchasing or possessing firearms because of serious mental illness; and extending the supervision terms for more...

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