Cook County

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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…

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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…

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

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

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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…

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

Click here to read the full report.

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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Evaluating Ideas for Homeowner Property Tax Relief

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy (Lincoln Institute) released last week an evaluation of common property tax relief programs…