Cook County

July 1, 2022

Cook County Forecasts Operating Surplus for Year-End FY2022 and Small Deficit Heading into FY2023

On June 23, 2022, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle issued a preliminary budget forecast for fiscal year 2023. The fiscal year begins December 1, 2022 and ends November 30, 2023. The report provides end-of-year estimates for the…

June 3, 2022

Exploring the Data on Cook County Pretrial Electronic Monitoring Programs

With new data released by the Office of the Chief Judge of the Cook County Circuit Court earlier this year…

May 10, 2022

Cook County Board to Consider Increase to Elected Officials’ Salaries

Update (May 24, 2022): The Cook County Finance Committee held a special meeting on the elected officials’ salary ordinance and approved the salary increases laid out in…

April 28, 2022

Estimated Full Value of Real Property in Cook County: 2010-2019

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March 25, 2022

Effective Property Tax Rates in South Cook County for Tax Years 2005 to 2019

Click here for a PDF of this issue brief.  This post presents information on residential and commercial effective property tax rates in…

March 3, 2022

Year One in the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County

The Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County saw a change in leadership for the first time in 20 years in 2020. The change in administration presented an opportunity for meaningful reform of an office that had been notorious…

February 23, 2022

New Directions for the Office of the Clerk of the Cook County Circuit Court: First Year in Office Progress Report

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February 9, 2022

Performance Measurements in the American Rescue Plan Act

The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was signed into law on March 11, 2021 and provides for $350 billion in funding for eligible state, local,…

January 13, 2022

What the Data Tell us about Bail Reform and Crime in Cook County

In less than a year from this writing, money will no longer be a factor in pretrial release decisions pertaining to defendants accused of committing crimes in Illinois. The elimination of cash bail was one of the major reforms in a…

December 3, 2021

Cook County Public Safety Spending

In an analysis of Cook County’s FY2022 budget proposal released in November, the Civic Federation supported the Cook County budget proposal of $8.0 billion. This blog post takes a…