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Cook County

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.

CCHHS exceeding CountyCare enrollment goal

Cook County Health and Hospitals System released new figures showing the system is exceeding enrollment goals for its CountyCare managed care program.

On Friday, CCHHS Executive Director of Managed Care Steven Glass presented a report to the health system’s board showing 179,393 patients had enrolled in CountyCare as of the beginning of this month, a 17.2 percent increase from the beginning of March. CCHHS had previously set a goal of reaching 156,396 CountyCare enrollees by the beginning of April.

Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey pushes anti-sweatshop ordinance

Bring in sheriff's police to stop murders in Austin, county official says

At Cook County morgue, no more body backlogs

County board committee moves to retain 630 jobs

Members of the Cook County Board’s Business and Economic Development Committee on Wednesday approved property tax incentives that will allow for the retention of over 630 jobs in Cook County and create a dozen new ones.

New public defender calls fair bonding a top priority

Cook County’s new public defender, Amy Patton Campanelli, on Wednesday called for bonding policy reform at Cook County Jail.

The county board’s Legislation and Intergovernmental Relations Committee approved Campanelli’s six-year appointment to the post by voice vote on Wednesday, and the appointment later received approval from the full board. Campanelli is the second woman to serve as the county’s public defender

Preckwinkle avoids symbolic property tax vote pushed by Rauner ally

Rauner ally tries to tie Preckwinkle's hands on property taxes