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IL Supreme Court: Berrios can't block county Inspector General's investigation at Assessor's office

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 1, 2016, 12:27pm

The state’s highest court has declared Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios must comply with subpoenas issued by the county’s Inspector General, saying a Cook County ordinance empowering the Inspector General to “detect, deter and prevent corruption, fraud, waste, mismanagement, unlawful political discrimination or misconduct in the operation of County government” can be constitutionally applied to investigations of potential misconduct in the offices of elected county officials, like Berrios.

Infrastructure council applauds Cook County's 25-year transportation plan

Taryn Phaneuf Aug. 6, 2016, 1:41pm

CHICAGO —  With the introduction of a long-range transportation plan, Cook County officials have outlined priorities for the county that will impact local decisions, as well as plans across the region.

Cook County Home Rule Tax Ordinance reform aimed at simplifying certain tax payments

Carrie Salls May 24, 2016, 6:13pm

CHICAGO – The Cook County Board of Commissioners approved a package of Home Rule Tax Ordinance reforms on earlier this month that the board said is aimed at providing individuals and businesses with a simplified process while improving the efficiency of the Cook County Department of Revenue.

Class action demands Cook County refund bail bond fees retained by circuit clerk before 2016

Scott Holland Mar. 31, 2016, 4:19pm

A man who was acquitted of murder charges stemming from a 2014 Palatine bar fight has sued the offices of Cook County’s circuit clerk and treasurer, alleging they kept far too much of his bail bond fees – and he believes they likely did the same to potentially thousands of others who have posted bond in recent years.

With legal battle over gambling machine tax ended, casino owes Cook County $3 million

Annie Hunt Feb. 9, 2016, 9:26am

After the Illinois Supreme Court refused to hear the casino owners' appeal, Cook County now has the green light to collect $3 million in unpaid taxes from Midwest Gaming, owner and operator of Des Plaines’ Rivers Casino.

Gun rights group lawsuit targets new Cook County ammo tax, says violates U.S., state constitutions

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 22, 2015, 12:39pm

An Illinois group which advocates for the rights of gun owners has taken aim at Cook County’s taxes on the sales of firearms and ammunition, asking the courts to find the county’s taxes to be unconstitutional infringements on the Second Amendment rights of citizens in the county. On Dec. 17, Guns Save Life Inc., a group which purports to include members in Cook County and throughout Illinois, filed suit in Cook County Circuit Court.

Lawsuit seeks to prevent Cook County's "puppy mill" ordinance from taking effect next month

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 9, 2014, 1:35pm

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