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 …
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, May 31, 2011
Couples are advised to get to the Daley Center before 6 a.m.
On June 1 every county clerk's office in Illinois will open early to celebrate the offering of civil union licenses. "I'm thrilled this day has finally come," Clerk David Orr said. "This will be a joyous day for all couples - gay and straight - who want to make history as part of the inaugural group of civil unions." Couples are advised to line up at the Daley Center, 50 W. Washington St., before 6 a.m. at the northeast door. The doors will open at 6 a.m. and the Vital Records office will open at 7:30 a.m. Couples should take the escalators down to the lower level (Pedway) and line up outside the Vital Records office, Room CL-27. Civil union licenses will be available for same-sex and heterosexual couples. The clerk's office is advising …
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Morton Grove Patch takes a peek inside the voting booth in Morton Grove for this week's installment of the Viewfinder.
Today marks the last day of early voting for suburban Cook County voters, and according to County Clerk David Orr, voting polls have seen high turn-outs around the 120 towns and villages in the county. You can read details on the April 5 election and your own ballot here.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
It's getting busier in these past few days.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Voters are heading out in numbers to cast early ballots for next Tuesday's election. Monday marked the busiest day so far, with 1,970 voters in suburban Cook County casting their ballots, according to Cook County Clerk David Orr. Where to go for Early Voting Thanks to touch screens that store different ballot types, registered voters can visit any one of suburban Cook County's 43 early voting locations, which you can find here. But the closest locations for local voters include: All sites are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Here's what you'll need Voters are required to present election officials with "valid identification" before receiving a ballot. According to the clerk's office, valid forms of ID include a current driver's license, …
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Less than three hours after polls closed, the Cook County Clerk has reported 90 percent of voting results.
As election results flowed in throughout the evening, Cook County Clerk David Orr's office offered timely updates on their website and in their Chicago office. Reporters gathered in Orr's office from local media outlets including WGN, ABC, NBC, CBS, the Chicago Tribune, and the Chicago Sun-Times. Offering unofficial results on scrolling screens and hard copies, the office was busy throughout the evening. Orr – who was also up for re-election – continued to work as the results came in. In less than three hours after the polls closed, Orr's office reported 90 percent of its returns, something that he called a "great thing." As results filtered in, the office experienced efficient reporting. Initial estimates indicate an expected voter …