Cook County

Tue, 02/21/2012
Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court Dorothy Brown, who is seeking her fourth term in office, often talks about how she has modernized the technology in her office, which maintains the records for one of the largest court systems in the country. But even as court systems elsewhere move ahead in the critical area of electronic filing–or allowing...
Mon, 02/20/2012
The sounds of chaos bounce off the dim yellow walls. Everywhere there are prisoners wearing orange, red and khaki jumpsuits. An officer barks out orders as a thin woman tries to sleep on a hard bench in a holding cell. This is a harsh scene of daily life inside what has become the state’s largest de facto mental institution: the Cook County Jail....
Tue, 02/07/2012
The City of Chicago and Cook County have saved a combined $20.5 million since they began working together to maximize resources in June, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced today. The two governments saved taxpayers $9.2 million in their second quarter of collaboration, down from $11.3 million in savings...
Tue, 01/10/2012
Four Cook County commissioners failed to take some or all of the required 10 days off without pay in the fiscal year that ended Nov. 30, 2011, according to a preliminary report by the county comptroller’s office. All 17 Cook County Commissioners approved last year’s budget, which called for most of the county’s 23,700 employees to take five...
Fri, 11/11/2011
Nearly two years after the Cook County Board of Commissioners voted to make more money available for H.I.V. and AIDS testing for detainees entering the Cook County Jail, most of the men coming into jail are not being tested because of a lengthy delay in hiring a phlebotomist to do the job. Some 150 to 250 detainees enter the jail each day, on...
Mon, 10/24/2011
More than 1,000 county employees would be laid off, about 100,000 residents in the unincorporated areas of Cook County would begin paying for the first time to receive police protection and taxes on alcohol and titled property such as cars and boats would increase under the budget Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is set to unveil to...
Tue, 10/18/2011
The Cook County Board of Commissioners approved three contracts with Teamsters Local 700 Tuesday, even as President Toni Preckwinkle continued to push labor unions to agree to eight unpaid days off in the next budget year. Preckwinkle, who is expected to unveil her budget recommendations next week, is working to close an estimated $315 million...
Wed, 09/28/2011
The leader of what Ald. Proco “Joe” Moreno touts as the 1st Ward’s new “independent Democratic political organization” has a rap sheet that includes convictions in election fraud and drug cases. Juan “Johnny” Elias is the president of the newly formed 1st Ward First political group, which Moreno created in June. The organization plans to deploy...
Wed, 09/21/2011
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle took some county commissioners to task Tuesday for refusing to take furlough days, saying she was “concerned about commissioners who haven’t behaved as leaders.” Preckwinkle did not name which commissioners she felt were not complying with a County Board mandate that a majority of the county’s...
Fri, 08/19/2011
When its chief operating officer, Tony Tedeschi, handed over his responsibilities at the troubled Cook County Health and Hospitals System last month to Carol Schneider, the two had something in common besides serving in that job: Both work for private consulting firms that have played a major role in the sprawling system’s highly controversial...