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Appeals panel: Chicago tour boat biz deserves new hearing for tax protest, because county misled on deadline
An Illinois appeals court says a Chicago sightseeing tour boat company was wrongly denied the chance to contest the county's attempt to make it pay taxes on its Lake Michigan and Chicago River tours because the county's Revenue Department misled the company on the deadline for filing its protest.
Judge: Cook officials must tell when learned they could sue Bank of America; could undermine discrimination suit
A Chicago federal magistrate judge has ordered Cook County officials who are suing Bank of America for allegedly discriminatory lending to tell the bank when they learned of a similar suit by the State of Illinois, which the bank believes will show some of the county's claims are barred by the statute of limitations.
A federal judge said he isn’t allowed to take jurisdiction over a lawsuit in which Cook County property owners claimed their property tax bills were falsely inflated so other properties could be underassessed and pay less.
Sheriff Dart says he, not state's attorney, calls employees before disciplinary board, asks suit be tossed
Cook County's sheriff, who is facing a suit by a suspended county jail deputy, wants the suit dismissed on grounds it would be "illogical" for the state's attorney to take disciplinary action against a sheriff's employee.
New law would require landlords in Cook County, possibly elsewhere in IL, to give financial data to tax assessors
If a Democrat-sponsored bill passes in Springfield, owners of countless rental properties in Cook County and potentially elsewhere in Illinois will have to turn over the property's financial records every year to their county assessor's office for tax calculation.
Wells Fargo: Cook County blocking try to compute how much 'discriminatory' foreclosures cost county courts
Ten months after a Chicago federal judge allowed Cook County to continue with a small portion of its foreclosure discrimination lawsuit against Wells Fargo, the lender has accused the county of blocking its ability to mount its defense by attempting to stop it from interviewing officials in the Cook County court system.
Cook County taxpayers should expect a less troubled and more efficient Cook County Assessor's office, a spokesman for newly elected Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi promised.
Cook County OKs 8 tax inventive deals for Chicago, DesPlaines, Elk Grove, Lyons, Wheeling, other suburbs
Cook County has awarded eight businesses tax incentives equal to half off their property taxes for the next 12 years, in an effort, a county spokesman said, to either keep businesses and jobs in the county or revitalize vacant sites, add new jobs and return them to the tax rolls.
Cook County OK to restrict campaign cash from lawyers, others seeking 'official action,' appeals court says
A state appellate court has again ruled Cook County has the power to make ethics rules that apply to county officers, including the Cook County Assessor, this time finding the County Board did not overstep in prohibiting real estate lawyers and otheers from contributing to the campaign coffers of county officials when they are seeking “official action” from the county.
A family suing Cook County, alleging they were attacked shot in their home by a county correctional officer, who ultimately committed suicide, has asked a federal judge to appoint someone to represent the deceased correctional officer's estate, so they can wrap up their legal claims.