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President Preckwinkle, Sheriff Dart Announce Major Construction Project at Cook County Jail

By at December 10, 2012 | 1:13 pm | 3 Comments

President Preckwinkle, Sheriff Dart Announce Major Construction Project at Cook County Jail

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced today the start of a major construction project at the Cook County Department of Corrections and the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (JTDC) that will improve building standards, increase energy efficiency and realize significant energy savings. The three-year, $34 million dollar project will replace critical 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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Chicago and Cook County Receive $47 Million to Protect the Public and Critical Infrastructures

By at November 16, 2012 | 3:00 pm | 0 Comment

Chicago and Cook County Receive $47 Million to Protect the Public and Critical Infrastructures

The Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC), the Department of Homeland Security Emergency Management (DHSEM) and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) received $47 million in Homeland Security Grant Funding to continue the development, training and allocation of resources for securing the public and critical infrastructure in the event more...

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Collaboration and Cooperation Result in Improved Safety at Jack Hile Middle School in Oak Forest

By at November 14, 2012 | 3:04 pm | 1 Comments

Collaboration and Cooperation Result in Improved Safety at Jack Hile Middle School in Oak Forest

After student Alex Fitzgerald was struck by a car on 151st Street near the school last April, the Cook County Highway Department moved swiftly to make the area safer. A new traffic signal was installed at the school exit, and the county partnered with the City of Oak Forest to construct a safer crosswalk for students. Brighter street lights were also installed to light 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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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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President Preckwinkle Announces Changes to Highway Department

By at October 17, 2012 | 9:32 am | 0 Comment

President Preckwinkle Announces Changes to Highway Department

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced today important changes to the Cook County Highway Department, renaming it the Department of Transportation and Highways, broadening the scope of the Department’s mission to take focus on regional strategic planning and make the department eligible for more federal grant funding. Currently, the department’s more...

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President Preckwinkle Heralds Key Public Safety Investments for 2013

By at October 16, 2012 | 1:46 pm | 0 Comment

President Preckwinkle Heralds Key Public Safety Investments for 2013

Cook County Board Toni Preckwinkle announced today the completion of the first significant phase of recommendations laid out in the comprehensive Bond Court study, furthering the County’s efforts to make sustainable and systemic changes to the criminal justice system by working to reduce the jail population and the related costs of public safety in Cook County. The more...

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Resource Fair Offers Veterans One-Stop Access to Aid and Support

By at September 1, 2012 | 11:57 am | 1 Comments

Resource Fair Offers Veterans One-Stop Access to Aid and Support

Cook County’s Veterans Assistance Commission offered one-stop access to a variety of aid and support during a multi-agency Resource Fair on August 29. Forty-five agencies, organizations and government offices set up booths in the auditorium of the county’s Juvenile Temporary Detention Center to provide help with employment, continuing education, housing, crisis more...

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County Internship Program Enables Engineering Students to Tackle Real-world Projects

By at August 10, 2012 | 9:25 am | 3 Comments

County Internship Program Enables Engineering Students to Tackle Real-world Projects

Bradley University engineering student Brian Heinrich helped design a bike trail during his summer internship at the Cook County Highway Department. Heinrich and six other engineering students spent 10 weeks working mostly out in the field on projects ranging from bridges and road repairs to drainage design and sewer reconstruction. The students met with President more...

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