Cook County

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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…

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Cook County Sheriff Expands Disclosure of Jail Data

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

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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…

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Cook County's FY2018 Revenue Crisis: Opportunities for Savings

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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…

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Cook County Judges Seek Dismissal of Money Bail Lawsuit

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

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The Final 2016 Cook County Equalization Factor is 2.8032

The Illinois Department of Revenue announced in April 2017 that the final equalization factor for the Cook County 2016 property…

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Transform Illinois Coalition Pushes Ahead on Government Consolidation

While Illinois lawmakers remain gridlocked over a State budget plan, another area shows promise of compromise in Springfield: government consolidation. With over 6,900 local government units, Illinois has…

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Chicago’s Tax on Other Tobacco Products Struck Down by Cook County Circuit Court

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Cook County Streamlines Board Meeting Procedures

The Cook County Board of Commissioners has reorganized its board meeting proceedings in an effort to streamline board meetings. Beginning in January 2017, the Consent Calendar portion of the meeting is now held on the second Tuesday of…