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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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President Preckwinkle Welcomes New Chief of Staff

By at October 26, 2012 | 9:24 am | 0 Comment

President Preckwinkle Welcomes New Chief of Staff

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is pleased to announce G.A. Finch as her incoming chief of staff. Finch is a partner with Hoogendoorn & Talbot LLP, where he is a member of the business, employment, real estate and litigation practice groups. He will join the county in November. Finch also has an extensive background in government. He served as a more...

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On the Mend-Cook County’s Health System is in Recovery

By at October 25, 2012 | 12:12 pm | 0 Comment

On the Mend-Cook County’s Health System is in Recovery

Originally published in the October 25, 2012 edition of ChicagoTribune.com. Image courtesy of the Chicago Tribune: One of the highlights of the budget presentation Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle made last week to the Tribune editorial board was an impressively streamlined $868 million spending plan for the health system. In this case, what more...

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President Preckwinkle Named a 2012 Public Official of the Year

By at October 24, 2012 | 11:39 am | 8 Comments

President Preckwinkle Named a 2012 Public Official of the Year

As originally published in the October 2012 issue of Governing.com The Turnaround Artist Toni Preckwinkle Running a city or county in these tough economic times is not an easy task. Just ask Cook County, Ill., Board President Toni Preckwinkle. Her first days on the job in December 2010 came with a big surprise: a previously undisclosed $487 million budget deficit. more...

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President Preckwinkle, Dr. Raju, Health Advocates Highlight Public Health Benefits of Cigarette Tax

By at October 23, 2012 | 11:00 am | 10 Comments

President Preckwinkle, Dr. Raju, Health Advocates Highlight Public Health Benefits of Cigarette Tax

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Cook County Health and Hospitals System (CCHHS) CEO Dr. Ram Raju joined with local physicians and healthcare advocates at the Cook County Trauma and Burn Unit at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital to highlight the public health benefits of a proposed $1 increase in the cigarette tax. Preckwinkle pointed to a recent analysis by more...

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