Cook County

June 14, 2018

Update: How the State of Illinois FY2019 Enacted Budget Will Affect Local Governments

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner presented his…

May 31, 2018

The Final 2017 Cook County Equalization Factor is 2.9627

The Illinois Department of Revenue announced last week that the final equalization factor for the Cook County 2017 property assessment…

May 23, 2018

Estimated Full Value of Real Estate in Cook County Continues to Recover

The Civic Federation released its annual estimate of the full value of property in Cook County this week. The 2016 estimated value of all Cook County real…

May 11, 2018

New Cook County Bond Court Data Posted Online

Following major policy changes and calls for increased public disclosure, detailed quarterly information about Cook County bond court orders and outcomes is now available online. Chief Judge Timothy Evans’ Office began posting the new…

February 16, 2018

How the Governor’s Proposed FY2019 Budget Would Affect Local Governments

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner presented his annual budget address on February 14, 2018, outlining his…

January 10, 2018

Cook County Sheriff Expands Disclosure of Jail Data

Amid increased attention to the number of detainees at Cook County Jail, more information about…

November 15, 2017

The Impact of Cook County Bond Court on Jail Population: A Call for Increased Public Data and Analysis

Click here to read the full report.Across the political spectrum in the United States, there is a growing consensus that too many people…

October 30, 2017

Cook County's FY2018 Revenue Crisis: Opportunities for Savings

Click here to read this issue brief. With a projected $200 million loss in revenue for fiscal year 2018 due to the recent repeal of…

September 28, 2017

New State Law Increases Cook County Property Tax Homestead Exemptions

Illinois Public Act 100-0401, signed into law on August 25, 2017, will increase the value of the Senior Citizens and General…

August 18, 2017

Cook County Judges Seek Dismissal of Money Bail Lawsuit

In the wake of recently ordered bond court reforms, Cook County…