Cook County

A former Chicago alderman says he'll challenge Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle in 2018 after she championed a highly-unpopular sweetened beverage tax.

Cook County's Democratic Party has endorsed state Sen. Kwame Raoul for attorney general over former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and several other candidates who urged party leaders not to pick a favorite.

The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled that a female teen charged with fatally shooting a 14-year-old girl in 2014 isn't entitled by law to a jury trial in juvenile court.

The U.S. Justice Department contends the city of Chicago and Cook County violated federal immigration laws when they were awarded public safety grants last year.

Soda Tax Not Done ---Yet

Oct 11, 2017

Cook County Commissioners took the final vote to repeal the controversial sweetened-beverage tax Wednesday. But it’s not gone just yet.

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Cook County officials are expected to take a major step toward repealing a Chicago-area tax on sweetened beverages. The county board's finance committee is meeting Tuesday to vote on a measure to repeal the unpopular penny-per-ounce tax. Commissioner Sean Morrison said last week he has enough "yes" votes to eliminate the tax effective Dec. 1 and withstand any potential veto.

A Cook County commissioner says a deal has been reached to repeal a Chicago-area tax on sweetened beverages. 

Will the Cook County Soda Tax Trickle Downstate?

Oct 4, 2017

State Senator Chapin Rose says downstate Illinoisans should be concerned about Cook County’s controversial sales tax on sweetened beverages --- even though they don’t have to pay it.

Federal immigration officials say they arrested 30 people in Cook County as part of a nationwide sweep targeting "sanctuary" jurisdictions, which limit local authorities' cooperation in immigration investigations.

Illinois is receiving more than $110 million in federal grants to help prevent and respond to terrorism and other emergencies.

Secretary of State Jesse White says he'll seek a sixth term in 2018. 

Republican state legislators from around Chicago are pitching a plan to repeal the new sweetened beverage tax in Cook County. 

An arrest warrant has been issued for a Northwestern University professor in the stabbing death of a Chicago man.

Illinois consumers who buy coverage through the Affordable Care Act exchange could see prices increase by as much as 43 percent next year.

DuPage County Board Vice Chairman John Curran has been appointed to fill the Illinois Senate seat held by GOP leader Christine Radogno before she announced her resignation last month. 

A coalition of social-service providers owed money by Illinois state government is seeking more time to appeal its lawsuit to the Illinois Supreme Court. 

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ALGONQUIN, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has added Cook County to a state disaster proclamation amid flooding in the northern portion of the state and warned that evacuations could take place this week.

The Illinois attorney general has issued guidance for law enforcement agencies in the state on a law to improve response to sexual assault and abuse. 

Cook County officials warn that a 10% budget cut is possible if a judge doesn't allow a sweetened beverage tax to take effect by August.

Two commissioners have proposed creating an identification card for anyone living in Cook County, including those in the U.S. illegally.

Three Chicago police officers have been indicted on felony charges alleging they conspired to cover up the fatal shooting of black teen Laquan McDonald by a white officer.

Cook County's state's attorney's office will stop prosecuting some traffic offenses because there is not enough staff to handle all the cases. 

An appellate court has ruled against social service providers suing Illinois over the lack of payment during the budget impasse.

A program in Cook County to help non-violent offenders with drug or alcohol problems is receiving a federal grant of more than $324,000.

A former legislator has filed a lawsuit in Cook County seeking to recover money he lost when state lawmakers voted to reject annual cost-of-living pay adjustments. Michael Noland, a Democratic former state senator from Elgin, filed the lawsuit. He says the state constitution prohibits midterm salary changes. 

A Chicago jail has started offering gourmet Italian pizzas to inmates.  For the past few weeks, inmates have been able to order a pizza made by fellow inmates in a fancy $16,000 pizza oven.  It's part of a training program designed to give inmates skills that can land them jobs when they are released. Inmates pay no more than $7 per pizza.

Authorities say 24-year-old Chynna Stapleton of Chicago has been charged with first-degree murder after allegedly slamming an 18-year-old into a tree with her car after an argument. 

A lack of interest in running for local office has been underscored by the situation in the Chicago suburbs where there are a number of local races without enough candidates.  Election records show at least 150 races on suburban ballots don't have enough candidates. That amount is more than double the number in 2009.

Democratic Governor Candidates Attack Rauner Agenda

Mar 27, 2017

Cook County Democratic leaders heard from the six candidates thinking of running for governor today ahead of a potential endorsement later this year, each candidate attacked Governor Bruce Rauner.

An Illinois man accused in a 2012 Chicago expressway killing and mistakenly released from state custody last month has been captured in Georgia.   Authorities found Garrett Glover in Atlanta's suburb of Lithonia late Friday. He was at the apartment of a relative's girlfriend.  

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