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 …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle gave a press conference at Abt Electronics in Glenview on Wednesday to announce the one percent drop in Cook County's sales tax rate.
Cook County taxpayers will be spending less money at the cash register from now on. The county sales tax dropped to .75 percent on January 1, effectively repealing the one percent sales tax hike former County Board President Todd Stroger introduced during his tenure. "I kept my promise to residents to eliminate the sales tax hike, the most significant pledge of my 2010 campaign," said current board president Toni Preckwinkle at press conference on Wednesday. "I have worked hard since taking office to ensure that families and businesses can trust county government again." Preckwinkle appeared at Abt Electronics in Glenview on Wednesday, along with Michael Abt, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and the Illinois Retail Merchants Association…
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is proposing a tax on the purchase of guns and ammunition.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has proposed a 'violence tax' that would be applied to the purchase of guns and ammunition, the Huffington Post reported. The Chicago Sun-Times reported the tax would be meant to generate revenue, curb the number of guns in circulation, and offset the societal cost of gun violence. Preckwinkle's chief of staff, Kurt Summers, told the Sun-Times that the average health care cost to treat a gunshot victim is $52,000. He added that 70 percent gunshot victims do not have health insurance. The tax plan faces opposition by the Illinois State Rifle Association. The organization's excutive director, Richard Pearson told the Huffington Post that the proposal as "just another scheme concocted by the …
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Glenview President Kerry Cummings will host an informational session July 25th highlighting improvement projects in Northern Cook County. Among them, construction along Harms Road.
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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 …
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, September 16, 2011
When legislator joined leadership team the biggest beneficiaries were her constituents.
When state Rep. Elaine Nekritz (D-Northbrook) became an unofficial part of the majority leadership in the General Assembly in January, her constituents became the winners. “When you’re in the room you have a louder voice,” Nekritz told a group of more than 60 supporters as she kicked off her reelection campaign Thursday at a Glenview restaurant. “I spend an extra day a week [in Springfield] and I represent all of you a little more directly.” When the current term of the legislature began, Nekritz became one of six representatives to regularly meet with Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) to review pending legislation and help make decisions on what bills to move forward. “We’re involved in all policy decisions in a meaningful way,” …
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 …
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…
Friday, October 29, 2010
With the Nov. 2 election approaching, voters will decide among three candidates to lead the Cook County commissioners.
Three candidates are vying to be the next president of the Cook County Board of Commissioners -- an office that has received considerable coverage in light of recent scandals. On Nov. 2, county voters will decide among Democrat Toni Preckwinkle, Republican Roger Keats and the Green Party's Tom Tresser. The candidates bring different backgrounds and varying degrees of experience to the race. They also want to focus on a range of issues from cutting wasteful spending to encouraging more regional planning. Each candidate believes they are the best person for the job. Toni Preckwinkle, Democrat An alderwoman for the nearly 20 years, Democratic candidate Toni Preckwinkle wants to attract talented and competent people to work in county …