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We lock up too many people

By at April 2, 2013 | 8:55 am | 1 Comments

We lock up too many people

By Toni Preckwinkle, President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners.  Originally published in the April 2, 2013 edition of ChicagoTribune.com As new policing strategies and legislation are being considered to address gun violence in Chicago, decisions can't be made solely through the lens of police response. Instead, they should be viewed through the broader more...

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President Preckwinkle Highlights County’s Firearm Tax

By at April 1, 2013 | 9:57 am | 2 Comments

President Preckwinkle Highlights County’s Firearm Tax

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today stood with gun safety advocates, gun victims' families and members of the faith-based community to highlight the County's firearm tax. Beginning today, a $25 tax will be imposed on all firearm purchases made within Cook County. President Preckwinkle pushed for this policy in order to help fund the Cook County Health more...

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Investments in Chicago Heights on Tour

By at March 28, 2013 | 1:58 pm | 0 Comment

Investments in Chicago Heights on Tour

Originally published on the Bureau of  Economic Development website on March 26th Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, along with Chicago Heights Mayor David A. Gonzalez, local elected officials and top leadership from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Authority (HUD), on Friday, March 22nd, toured nearly $11 million of federal and county-funded more...

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Statement from President Preckwinkle on Marriage Equality at the State and Federal Levels

By at March 27, 2013 | 12:40 pm | 0 Comment

Statement from President Preckwinkle on Marriage Equality at the State and Federal Levels

"As the U.S. Supreme Court enters its second day of hearing landmark court cases on marriage equality, we should be mindful of the fight that continues here in Illinois.  I hope the momentum building throughout the country will carry over to the Illinois House of Representatives where Senate Bill 10 awaits a vote. This is a watershed moment for Illinois. For too long, more...

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Cook County Expands Opportunities for Veterans

By at March 22, 2013 | 12:41 pm | 0 Comment

Cook County Expands Opportunities for Veterans

Cook County’s commitment to expand opportunities and programs for veterans moved another step forward today when the Board of Commissioners granted preference to veterans applying for County employment positions. Veterans who meet the minimum qualifications of a position will automatically be interviewed for a job opening, under a newly amended ordinance. Previously, more...

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President Preckwinkle announces Comcast’s Internet Essentials Program Connects Nearly 16,000 Low-Income Cook County Families to the Internet

By at March 21, 2013 | 10:20 am | 2 Comments

President Preckwinkle announces Comcast’s Internet Essentials Program Connects Nearly 16,000 Low-Income Cook County Families to the Internet

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Comcast today announced that nearly 16,000 Cook County families have joined Comcast’s Internet Essentials program, more than any county in the nation.  Designed to help close the digital divide, the Internet Essentials program provides Internet service at home to eligible families for around $10 a month, the ability to more...

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County Doubles Funding to Make Intersection Safer

By at March 14, 2013 | 10:54 pm | 1 Comments

County Doubles Funding to Make Intersection Safer

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today announced the County has doubled its funding to make an Oak Lawn intersection safer for motorists and children crossing from nearby schools.  The County will pick up the entire $1.6 million in construction costs to widen Central Avenue at Southwest Highway and add left turn lanes at the intersection. A previous more...

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President Preckwinkle delivers Why Counties Matter message to Capitol Hill

By at March 7, 2013 | 4:32 pm | 0 Comment

President Preckwinkle delivers Why Counties Matter message to Capitol Hill

  Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle delivered a strong Why Counties Matter message to Capitol Hill during the National Association of Counties’ (NACo) 2013 Legislative Conference, March 2-6, in Washington, D.C. With talk of fiscal cliffs and sequestration cuts dominating the headlines, more than 1,500 county officials from across the country more...

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Medical Examiner’s Office Launches Expanded Website

By at March 7, 2013 | 10:11 am | 0 Comment

Medical Examiner’s Office Launches Expanded Website

On Wednesday, March 6, 2013, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced that the Medical Examiner’s Office has launched an improved and expanded website that will include a link to unidentified remains aimed at helping family members find a missing loved one. The website also explains how to obtain records and reports from the ME’s office, provides more...

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Statement from President Preckwinkle on the Passing of Dawn Clark Netsch

By at March 5, 2013 | 4:27 pm | 0 Comment

Statement from President Preckwinkle on the Passing of Dawn Clark Netsch

“Dawn Clark Netsch is without a doubt one of the most important women in Illinois political history. Her fighting spirit and unending pursuit for equality among the disenfranchised will remain a guiding principal for all who follow in her footsteps.  Whether she was fighting for public education funding in Illinois; advocating that gay and lesbian couples be granted more...

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