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Cook County, officials accused of charging unlawful court fees

Louie Torres Oct. 13, 2017, 5:00am

A woman has filed a class action lawsuit against Cook County Circuit Clerk Dorothy Brown, Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas and Cook County, alleging they force litigants to pay unconstitutional fees.

Illinois automatic voter registration bill signed into law; Cook clerk says will enable cleanup of voter rolls

Russell Boniface Sep. 26, 2017, 12:38am

When Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill on Aug. 28 to automatically register Illinois residents to vote, the man in charge of the office that oversees elections in suburban Cook County said the signature was the final piece in a long sought tool to "clean up" voter rolls in the county and elsewhere.

Poll workers needed in Cook County for April 4 election

Dee Thompson Mar. 14, 2017, 2:22pm

Poll workers are in short supply in parts of Cook County this spring, and Cook County Clerk David Orr has put the word out to find and train workers before the April 4 consolidated election.

Cook County voters will select new mayors, school boards, other local elected officials on April 4

David Hutton Mar. 10, 2017, 12:19am

Despite being an “off-election year,” Cook County voters will decide a number of key local races on the ballot in the April 4 consolidated general election, which could have big implications for their hometowns, local schools and their tax bills.

Online app makes getting on Cook County ballot easier

Russell Boniface Dec. 30, 2016, 10:22am

CHICAGO – Cook County residents seeking elected office can now apply online using a new application to simplify the process of getting information and generating candidate paperwork packets.

7th Circuit nixes Calumet term limits challenge, but says IL referendum limits may be unconstitutional

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 6, 2016, 11:09pm

A panel of federal appeals judges in Chicago has hinted Illinois’ so-called “Rule of Three” - which limits to three the number of referendums voters in a single municipality can decide in a single election, in a bid to reduce "clutter" on the ballot – may not pass constitutional muster, noting it can invite political gamesmanship on the part of powerful municipal officials who can use their power to crowd out citizen-initiated reform measures.

Voter turnout high in suburban Cook County but doesn’t reach 2008 turnout

Dawn Geske Nov. 25, 2016, 9:57am

Voter turnout in the suburban areas of Cook County failed to reach the high levels garnered in the 2008 presidential election, but still easily surpassed the last presidential election cycle in 2012, the Cook County Clerk's office reported, as voters turned out in strong numbers to tackle a host of races and referendums.

Voters OK absorption of Cook County Recorder's duties into Clerk's office, potentially saving millions

Cloreth Greene Nov. 23, 2016, 4:08pm

This past Election Day, Cook County voters chose to merge the Cook County Clerk’s Office and the Cook County Recorder of Deeds, a move supporters believe will result in cost savings and increased efficiency for taxpayers.

Write-in judicial candidate: Votes for ex-law clerk suspended for impersonating judge shouldn't count

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 16, 2016, 10:30pm

An appointed Cook County judge, running as a write-in candidate for an elected judicial seat on one of the county’s judicial subcircuits, has asked a Cook County judge to toss out the more than 85,000 votes received by her opponent for the judgeship, Democratic Party nominee Rhonda Crawford, a former law clerk whose law license was suspended by the Illinois Supreme Court shortly before Election Day amid accusations she impersonated a judge from the bench.

Cook County Clerk calls for funding of voter registration tech to keep voter records current

Dawn Geske Jun. 30, 2016, 10:55am

With the presidential election approaching this November, Cook County Clerk David Orr is calling for the state to keep its promise to fund a program to more efficiently keep voter registration records up to date.