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Cook County

Is state's attorney Anita Alvarez protecting public safety—or an obstacle to justice?

Mental health specialist takes executive director role at Cook County Jail

The Cook County Board on Wednesday unanimously approved the appointment of Dr. Nneka Jones Tapia as executive director of the Cook County Department of Corrections.

Moody's downgrades Cook County Forest Preserve District

County officials begin nominating process for new CCHHS Board member

Members of the committee charged with nominating candidates to replace former Cook County Health and Hospitals System Board Member Rev. Dr. Calvin Morris met on Tuesday to finalize a schedule for the upcoming nominating process.

The nominating committee is made up of representatives from 14 health care and community organizations. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s office selected the organizations that make up the committee.

County hospital system nurses to protest amid ongoing contract dispute

Cook County Health and Hospitals System nurses plan to picket outside of hospital system facilities on June 5 amid ongoing contract disputes. Representatives of the National Nurses Organizing Committee union, which represents nurses at CCHHS facilities, announced plans for the protest during Friday’s CCHHS Board of Directors meeting.

Alvarez rips apart Preckwinkle pension plan

County Board bans use of credit checks as condition for employment

The Cook County Board on Wednesday unanimously approved a measure forbidding employers from considering the credit ratings of potential employees when making hiring or promotion decisions.


Psychologist to head Chicago jail, nation's second largest

County officials discuss criminal justice reform at City Club

Cook County officials during a Thursday City Club of Chicago event discussed ongoing efforts to reform the county’s criminal justice system.


County board passes anti-sweatshop measure

Cook County Board members on Wednesday unanimously endorsed a measure sponsored by Commissioner John Fritchey (D-Chicago) that aims to deter the use of sweatshop labor overseas by placing new controls on county procurement. The ordinance creates new guidelines vendors must follow to be eligible to provide the county uniforms for health care, criminal justice and other workers.