Tuesday, February 5, 2013
For National Spay and Neuter Month this February, Cook County is offering a rebate to pet owners.
Tuesday, February 5
Niles-Morton Grove pet owners can have their animals neutered this month at a discounted price, thanks to the Cook County Board. Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced that all Cook County residents can receive a $40 discount on their pet's spay or neuter procedure during February. Pet owners can take their animal to the veterinarian of their choice, and must present proof of a current rabies vaccine. The rebate is provided for up to two pets. Preckwinckle says spaying and neutering is good for the pet and the community. “The procedure not only helps your pet live a longer, healthier life, it benefits the community because it reduces the number of strays and unwanted animals in our neighborhoods. Communities spend millions of tax …
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Preckwinkle's recommendations seek to close $315 budget gap.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s budget proposal, released today, would increase tax revenue from alcohol and tobacco, reduce the number of inmates in county jails and layoff more than 1,000 employees. Preckwinkle’s budget seeks to close a $315 million budget gap. Her full $2.9 billion budget recommendation can be viewed on the County’s website. Key proposals include: Of particular interest to suburban Cook County residents, Preckwinkle has proposed: Four public hearings on the budget will be held starting Nov. 1 with a hearing at 6:30 p.m. at the Skokie Courthouse. Click here for a full list of upcoming hearings. In the meantime, let us know in the comments section what you think of the budget proposals.
Friday, July 8, 2011
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced county departments will set and track goals through the STAR system.
Cook County government, long criticized for operating with inefficiencies, is moving toward becoming more efficient by measuring the quality of its performance. Toni Preckwinkle, who became county board president last December, says it will reduce costs and streamline services. On Thursday, Preckwinkle, standing alongside several county elected officials, released the county's first quarterly performance management report. The purpose of the Set Targets Achieve Results (STAR) report, Preckwinkle said, is to boost accountability and lower the cost of government by setting and tracking goals for each county agency and department. "Performance management gives us the opportunity to change the culture of the County and begin a new chapter in…
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Republican incumbent fends off pair of challengers.
Peter Silvestri easily handled challenges from Democratic opponent and political newcomer Cary Capparelli and Green Party candidate Brock Merck to again claim his seat as commissioner of Cook County's 9th District. The incumbent Republican chalked up Tuesday's victory to his opposition of new taxes, a "community-oriented response to local issues," backing from multiple unions and editorial endorsments from the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times. "We had a very broad list of people behind us," he said. "You put them all together and it helps." Silvestri cruised to victory in the suburbs. He won 64 percent of the vote. The race in the city was much closer, however. Silvestri won about 47 percent of the vote, while Capparelli won about…
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Republican wants to cut 10 percent across the board, Green favors a tax on stock sales and Democrat wants to streamline county functions.
The Cook County commissioner race to represent the 13th District has attracted two challengers who want to unseat incumbent Democrat Larry Suffredin. The district includes part of Chicago's North Side and Evanston, New Trier and Niles townships. All three hopefuls put the economy and county taxes on the top of their lists, as well as continuing the progress that has been made in quelling political hiring. Following, in alphabetical order, are the candidates' views and background. Linda Thompson LaFianza has been the Evanston Township Republican Committeeman for five years, and is looking to give back to the community while changing what she calls the "business as usual" attitude of Cook County government. "I think Cook County is suffering …