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Cook County to cut buildings' carbon emissions

County board's finance committee OKs bond sale for capital improvement projects

The Cook County Board Finance Committee approved the sale of a bond on Wednesday that will fund capital improvement projects in 2014 and 2015.

The committee entered into an agreement with PNC Bank for the issuance of a $125 million bond. The county will pay a “very, very low” rate of 0.05 percent in interest under the deal, according to county CFO Ivan Samstein.

Assault weapon ban question to appear on November ballot in Cook County

When Cook County voters go to the polls in November, they will have an opportunity to weigh in on whether the state should ban assault weapon sales and implement stricter background check requirements for firearm transfers.

New TIF tracker web site debuts

New Cook County Health CEO must find millions in savings -- stat

Group: 5,000 same-sex marriages in Illinois

A bank sweeping up the debris of the housing crisis

County hospital system makes Shannon permanent CEO

The Cook County Health and Hospitals System Board unanimously approved Friday Dr. John Jay Shannon’s appointment as the health system’s CEO.

Shannon, who served as interim CEO for the past three months, will begin as permanent hospital-system CEO on Sunday, according to a CCHHS press release. He has held a number of different positions with CCHHS since first joining the health system in 1991, including Adult Asthma Clinic director and associate chair of the Department of Medicine.

Preckwinkle outlines 2015 county budget at City Club

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle at a Thursday City Club of Chicago event spoke of her efforts to balance the county’s 2015 budget.

The county has projected a 2015 budget shortfall of $169 million, according to Preckwinkle. Despite the gap, next year’s proposed budget marks a stark improvement compared to years past. The county has shrunk its projected deficit by $300 million from Preckwinkle’s first budget four years ago, the county board president said.

Cook County Health to name new CEO