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Field Museum CEO Updates President Preckwinkle On How a County Energy Savings Grant Will Help Them Save Up to $400k

By at August 5, 2013 | 2:41 pm | 0 Comment

Field Museum CEO Updates President Preckwinkle On How a County Energy Savings Grant Will Help Them Save Up to $400k

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle recently got a first-hand look at how a $25,000 energy savings grant from Cook County has helped benefit The Field Museum. Using Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant funds from the U.S. Department of Energy, the County’s Department of Environmental Control engaged the Delta Institute this past April to perform more...

Economic Development , Environmental , Featured News , President's Office

President Preckwinkle Attends Forum on Veterans Benefits

By at August 2, 2013 | 9:04 am | 0 Comment

President Preckwinkle Attends Forum on Veterans Benefits

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today kicked off a forum on benefits available to county employee veterans by emphasizing the commitment of her administration to helping vets navigate what can often be a confusing system of services available to them. The forum was the inaugural event in the outreach Cook County is making both to its employee veterans more...

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Governor Quinn Enacts Largest Increase in Health Care Coverage in State History

By at July 24, 2013 | 8:28 am | 0 Comment

Governor Quinn Enacts Largest Increase in Health Care Coverage in State History

Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation that enacts a critical part of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) by making Medicaid coverage available to all low-income adults in Illinois. Today’s action delivers on a major priority announced by Governor Quinn in his 2013 State of the State address and is part of his agenda to improve the health of the people of more...

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Cook County Board Bans Assault Weapons, Toughens Penalties

By at July 17, 2013 | 3:23 pm | 6 Comments

Cook County Board Bans Assault Weapons, Toughens Penalties

The Cook County Board of Commissioners today approved changes to the county’s assault weapons ban and toughened penalties for violations of the ordinance. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Commissioner Jesus G. “Chuy” Garcia (D-7th) and Commissioner Larry Suffredin (D-13th) sponsored amendments to the “Blair Holt Assault Weapons Ban,” named for more...

Elected Officials , Featured News , News , President's Office

Cook County Awards Nearly $2 Million In Anti-Violence Funding

By at July 17, 2013 | 3:19 pm | 4 Comments

Cook County Awards Nearly $2 Million In Anti-Violence Funding

The Cook County Board today approved $1.9 million in grants for 15 local community groups. The organizations’ work will be aimed at reducing violence in Cook County. The grant proposals were recommended by the Violence Prevention, Intervention and Reduction Advisory Committee, which was established by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle as part of the 2013 more...

Elected Officials , Featured News , President's Office

Cook County Board Approves New Parking Tax Rates

By at July 17, 2013 | 3:15 pm | 0 Comment

Cook County Board Approves New Parking Tax Rates

The Cook County Board today approved an amendment that would lower the tax rate for many individuals who park in garages and lots. Commissioners approved a 6 percent tax rate for daily parking and a 9 percent rate for weekly and monthly parking. This change is the result in a state law passed this year that allows Cook County to adopt a percentage-based rate, as more...

Elected Officials , Featured News , President's Office , Property and Taxes

Toni Preckwinkle on Cook County’s Fiscal Health

By at July 8, 2013 | 11:10 am | 0 Comment

Toni Preckwinkle on Cook County’s Fiscal Health

Originally appeared at WTTW.com, July 3, 2013.  Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has released an initial budget for the next fiscal year, and in it she estimates a $152 million estimated deficit. The good news? This is the smallest projected budget gap since President Preckwinkle took office. However, Preckwinkle warns there are still tough choices more...

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President Preckwinkle Releases FY 2014 Preliminary Budget

By at June 27, 2013 | 11:29 am | 1 Comments

President Preckwinkle Releases FY 2014 Preliminary Budget

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today released the preliminary budget for Fiscal Year 2014 which projected a $152.1 million deficit.  Since taking office, President Preckwinkle has solved for more than $1 billion in deficits.  In Fiscal Year 2011, the deficit was $487 million, in 2012 it was $315.2 million and in 2013 it was $267.5 million.  This year's more...

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Statement from President Preckwinkle On U.S. Supreme Court Rulings On Gay Marriage

By at June 26, 2013 | 11:50 am | 0 Comment

Statement from President Preckwinkle On U.S. Supreme Court Rulings On Gay Marriage

“Today’s landmark Supreme Court decision finally entitles married same-sex couples to the federal benefits they deserve.  By declining to rule on the California case, the Supreme Court effectively cleared the way for same-sex marriage in the Golden State. The decision should strengthen the resolve of the Illinois General Assembly to make marriage equality the law in more...

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Energy Efficiency Upgrades in 33 Cook County-Owned Buildings Have Saved Taxpayers $3 Million

By at June 25, 2013 | 1:50 pm | 1 Comments

Energy Efficiency Upgrades in 33 Cook County-Owned Buildings Have Saved Taxpayers $3 Million

An energy use analysis of 33 Cook County municipal buildings shows that low- and no-cost energy efficiency upgrades have  reduced overall energy use by 11 percent in these buildings since 2010, saving taxpayers an estimated $3 million over the past three years. CNT Energy completed the energy use “benchmarking” effort for the County and analyzed more than 4.5 more...

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