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Cook County officials bank on legally imperiled beverage tax to balance county budget

John Breslin Jul. 24, 2017, 4:02pm

As a Cook County judge prepares to rule later this week on whether the county should be allowed to begin collecting its so-called sweetened beverage tax, county officials say the county has banked much of its budget hopes for the coming year on the $17 million a month in revenue they expect the tax will pour into county coffers.

Cook County soda tax to remain blocked, for at least a few more days, appeals panel says

Jonathan Bilyk Jul. 10, 2017, 4:27pm

A state appeals court has rejected Cook County’s attempt to lift a stay on the county’s new so-called soda tax, directing a Cook County judge to proceed with plans to hear arguments on whether enforcement of the tax should be more permanently blocked.

Retailers could face new litigation threat, expenses under 'poorly written' Cook County 'soda tax' rules

Jonathan Bilyk Jul. 5, 2017, 3:02pm

Already facing a litany of potential litigation threats, retailers in Cook County could soon need to take steps to minimize a new threat, popping up thanks to what they call Cook County’s poorly written and potentially unlawful “soda tax.”

Judge OKs retailers' request, bottles Cook County 'soda tax' for now

Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 30, 2017, 4:47pm

A Cook County judge has decided to bottle up, for now, Cook County’s plan to begin collecting a penny-per-ounce tax on soda and other sweetened beverages.

Retailers: Cook County soda tax unconstitutional, leaving drink sellers exposed to penalties, lawsuits

Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 27, 2017, 3:47pm

Saying Cook County rules would leave them unable to collect and pay the proper amount of taxes on the sodas, sweet teas and other sweetened drinks they sell, while leaving them exposed to penalties and lawsuits, a group of grocers, through their trade association, have asked a Cook County judge to block the scheduled July 1 implementation of the county’s so-called soda tax.

Cook County paid sick leave ordinance takes effect July 1; employers should learn the rules, lawyer says

Laura Halleman Jun. 23, 2017, 2:28pm

On July 1, Cook County's new mandatory paid sick leave ordinance will take effect. And employers would do well to learn if the ordinance will apply to them and to acquaint themselves with the "burdensome" rules, which were released to the public May 25, that the county will use to guide the implementation and enforcement of the ordinance.

Cook County inks $36 million case management deal with Tyler Technology

Glenn Minnis Jun. 2, 2017, 10:32am

The Cook County Clerk’s office has reached a $36 million deal with Tyler Technology that the clerk's office is touting as moving operations a step closer to the 21st century.

Near South Health Clinic, doctor allegedly failed to follow up on 2006 colonoscopy

Louie Torres Jun. 2, 2017, 10:21am

A woman's family is suing Gail Floyd M.D., and Cook County's Near South Health Clinic, alleging they failed to provide results from a colonoscopy.

Attorney and former Western Springs board president says state, not county, should set minimum wage

John Sammon May 27, 2017, 11:22am

The outgoing president of the Western Springs Village Board said the State of Illinois, and not counties, should set policy with regard to setting a minimum wage and sick leave policy to avoid a confused hodgepodge of differing pay scales.

High property taxes fuel record number of Cook County assessment challenges in 2016

Pam Wright May 25, 2017, 10:37am

The Cook County Board of Review has settled a record number of cases in closing its 2016 session, fueled largely by property taxpayers seeking relief from some of the highest property taxes in the country.

Arlington Heights mayor: Cook County labor ordinances 'not manageable' for individual municipalities

Dee Thompson May 15, 2017, 4:17pm

The village of Arlington Heights has become one of the latest Cook County suburbs to opt out of the county's mininum wage and mandatory paid sick leave ordinances. And the mayor of Illinois' 13th-largest municipality said the village board did so out of concerns for the impact of those ordinances on the village's businesses, who told village officials they feared the ordinances would create an unlevel playing field for the community against competitors in neighboring counties.

Forest Preserve PD employee claims colleagues forcibly entered property during personal time off

Louie Torres May 15, 2017, 12:14pm

A police department employee is suing Cook County, Forest Preserve District of Cook County, and three Cook County Forest Preserve District Police officers, including a deputy chief, alleging intentional infliction of emotional distress for forcibly entering his property.

Newly elected Cook County judge resigns after failing to report for duty in traffic court

Laura Halleman May 3, 2017, 12:14am

A Cook County judge who for months refused to show up for duty in traffic court has resigned.

Cook County environmental department changes name, expands mission

Russell Boniface May 2, 2017, 3:09pm

The Cook County Department of Environmental Control announced on April 12 that it will change its name to the Department of Environment and Sustainability to reflect a slightly different focus and some new responsibilities. The agency name change goes into effect Dec. 1, 2017.

Judge lets juvenile detainees continue suit vs Cook County over filming of TV show "Empire"

Scott Holland Apr. 24, 2017, 11:36am

Juvenile detainees will be allowed to continue part of their class action complaint of rights violations against Cook County prison officials and television network Fox after a federal judge in Chicago refused to dismiss the entire case, claiming the county had wrongly surrendered control of large portions of the county’s juvenile detention center while the studio filmed episodes of hit television show, “Empire.”

Cook County Sheriff's Department detective allegedly responsible for car accident

Louie Torres Mar. 30, 2017, 2:02am

An Oak Park woman is suing a Cook County Sheriff's Office detective, the Cook County Sheriff's Department and Cook County for allegedly taking insufficient measures to prevent her from being injured in a car accident she claims the detective caused.

Lawsuit asks court to order Cook County to look into alleged discrepancies in Circuit Clerk funds

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 10, 2017, 1:44pm

A Chicago businessman has asked a Cook County court to order the county to conduct an audit of the finances of the county’s Circuit Court Clerk office to explain what the businessman says are apparent discrepancies, totaling perhaps hundreds of millions of dollars, between what the businessman and his lawyers believe should have been collected for special-use court funds from millions who pass through the county’s court system, and the figures the court clerk has allegedly publicly reported.

Adapting to the patchwork: Communities, employers consider options in wake of Cook Co. labor rules

Stephanie N. Grimoldby Mar. 10, 2017, 12:09pm

A growing number of Cook County communities are opting out of the county's minimum wage and sick leave ordinances. And businesses are considering their options to adapt to a patchwork legal landscape and what they perceive to be an increasingly unfriendly environment for business in Cook County.

Second-installment property tax bills may rattle some suburbanites

Dawn Geske Mar. 1, 2017, 12:35am

Cook County property tax bills have hit residents’ mailboxes and were due to the county on March 1 - but taxpayers especially may not like what they see when the second installment bills arrive four months from now.

New laws at state, local level bring changes in 2017 employers should be mindful of, labor attorney says

Christopher Knoll Dec. 30, 2016, 11:56am

As the calendar flips to a new year, a host of new laws in Illinois and elsewhere will take effect, including a number of which employers should particularly be mindful.