Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Cook Co. Clerk's survey shows that 65% of women plan to still marry vs. 38% of men.
The main reason that opposite-sex couples obtained a civil union was to show their support for equality and to obtain medical benefits, according to a survey released today by the Cook County Clerk’s Office. Civil unions became legal in Cook County on June 1, and are offered to both same- and opposite-sex couples. As of Sept. 19, a total of 1,470 couples had obtained a civil union license, 87 of whom were opposite-sex couples, the report said. Clerk David Orr’s office conducted a phone survey at the end of September and called all 87 of those couples. They reached a member of 46 couples, who answered seven questions. (You can read the full survey results by clicking on the PDF icon to the right.) In the first, open-ended question, people …
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
The fee hike is included in the county's new budget.
Residents in unincorporated Cook County will help fund the county’s new budget by paying higher vehicle sticker fees. The Cook County Board of Commissioners approved a $2.94 billion budget with a 16-1 vote, as reported in the Huffington Post. The sticker fees hike is expected to bring in an additional $1.54 million. Both Niles area board representatives, Ninth District Commissioner Peter Silvestri, a Republican, and 13th District Commissioner Larry Suffredin, a Democrat, voted for the budget. Sticker fees will double for cars, trucks, motorcycles, trailers and other vehicles registered in the unincorporated area of Cook County. The stickers will go from $40 to $80 for sedans and $50 to $100 for most SUVs. Funding for the new budget will …
Monday, October 31, 2011
A trio of elected officials spoke on jobs, healthcare and the struggling economy during a forum in Skokie on Friday.
The debate over spending, taxes and how to get the sluggish economy pumping again may be taking place in the nation’s capital, but it was also the basis of a local conversation in Skokie on Friday. U.S Senator Richard Durbin and U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky were among the panelists at a legislative forum hosted by the Skokie Chamber of Commerce. Both talked about the need to make changes in the U.S. tax code if the country was going to see a balanced budget once more as well as getting the unemployment rate down. Durbin laid out some specifics at the Evanston Golf Club talking about the work of the 12 member super committee composed of members of both chambers that was created as part of the deal to hike the debt ceiling after a prolonged …
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.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
The National Weather Service has issued an alert for areas near Lake Michigan.
A high wind watch for areas near Lake Michigan has been issued by the National Weather Service from Wednesday afternoon until Thursday morning, as reported by the Chicago Tribune. Areas under the watch include Lake and Cook counties in Illinois and Lake and Porter counties in Indiana. Winds of 30 to 40 MPH with gusts up to 60 MPH are expected. The very strong winds “could result in minor wind damage…downed tree limbs and power lines,” according to the National Weather Service. To read the entire story, visit the Chicago Tribune. For more information, visit the National Weather Service.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Operation nabs fugitives wanted for violent felonies, misdemeanor traffic offenses and other infractions.
A marketing sting operation led by the Cook County Sheriff’s Police resulted in the arrest of more than 100 fugitives yesterday, one of which a Morton Grove resident. Kamal Azo, 55, of Morton Grove, was arrested on a warrant for contempt of court charges after falling into the hands of police in a Southside Chicago warehouse. Azo and the other fugitives were persuaded into the warehouse under the belief they could keep electronics after testing them as part of a survey conducted by “C.W. Marketing.” Related: Morton Grove Police Blotter Fugitives were invited via letter mailed to their last known address by investigators from the Cook County Sheriff’s Central Warrants Unit, hence the “C.W.” More than 10,000 letters were mailed welcoming …
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
If families can't afford burial, bodies will be donated for medical research.
The Cook County chief medical examiner announced that bodies left for more than two weeks at the medical examier's office will be donated for medical research if families can't afford the burial, as reported by the Chicago Tribune. According to the chief medical examiner Dr. Nancy Jones, the policy is "effective immediately." However, the county will bury bodies if they are decomposed, infected with the AIDS virus as well as bodies that weigh more than 300 pounds. To read the entire article, visit the Chicago Tribune.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Volunteers needed this Saturday at Harms Flatwoods in Skokie.
Spring cleaning may be a few seasons away from now, but residents are invited to participate in a different type of sprucing up this weekend. On Saturday, Sept. 24, Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin, 13th District, and the North Branch Restoration Project will hold a work day to recognize National Public Lands Day. Volunteers are welcome to participate for as long as they wish at Harms Flatwoods from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., located west of the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie. Work day activities will include cutting and clearing brush, collecting seeds, and picking up trash. Equipment and supplies will be provided, but volunteers are encouraged to bring work gloves if they have them. Last year, more than 170,000 volunteers pitched in …
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Residents can appeal property tax assessment on the web.
Yesterday the Cook County Board of Review announced that filing a property tax appeal is now a little easier, according to Chicago News Cooperative. Residents of Cook County can now file their appeal online. Previously, in order to appeal a tax assessment, paperwork had to be filed at one of the county’s offices or during an outreach session with a county official. The new system is now accessible at www.cookcountyboardofreview.com. Property owners who attend outreach sessions can also fill out a one-page form describing why they need a tax break. The one–page form is another new addition in an effort to streamline tax assessment appeals. To read the full article visit the Chicago News Cooperative.
Monday, August 22, 2011
Some see northern suburbs feeling little effect. Others are not so sure.
A preliminary projected Cook County budget shortfall of more than $315 million sent County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and the commissioners scrambling to find a solution before the first public hearing on the 2012 budget Thursday. With two thirds of the budget spent on health care and the criminal justice system, the impact on north suburban communities like Glencoe, Winnetka, Kenilworth, Wilmette, Glenview, Northbrook and Des Plaines may be less painful than it will for those who more directly use county services, according to Commissioner Larry Suffredin (D-Evanston). Preckwinkle, Suffredin, Commissioner Gregg Goslin (R-Glenview) and Commissioner Elizabeth Gorman (R-Orland Park), who represents Des Plaines, all made it clear …