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Cook County repeals 'pop tax,' but lawsuits it spurred are still pending - though perhaps not for long

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 11, 2017, 11:00pm

The Cook County “pop tax” will soon be a thing of the past, after the Cook County Board buckled to public pressure and repealed it. But local judges still must deal with a slew of class action lawsuits filed against supermarkets, convenience stores and restaurants over allegations they improperly collected the tax from customers.

County Board poised to can 'pop tax;' controversial tax rollout could also prompt rulemaking reform

The Cook County Record Oct. 7, 2017, 1:03am

With signs indicating the Cook County Board is poised to soon repeal the unpopular "pop tax," a Cook County commissioner has also set the stage to rewrite the rules by which county administrators can go about creating rules to collect taxes and impose regulations, potentially addressing a major complaint of businesses in the wake of the county's controversy-plagued rollout of the tax this summer.

Animal Legal Defense Fund sues to force Cook County to cough up report on animal control operations

Scott Holland Oct. 5, 2017, 3:33pm

The California-based Animal Legal Defense Fund wants a judge to force Cook County to release information on the county’s animal control department, asserting the county is intentionally withholding a report from the public the group believes likely contains more information about operations at county animal control than what was revealed in a released summary of the report from the county’s inspector general.

Proposed legislation to nix Cook County soda tax could conflict with Illinois home rule principle

Karen Kidd Aug. 30, 2017, 12:02am

While polling data indicates Cook County's new so-called "pop tax" is largely unpopular, two proposals filed in the Illinois General Assembly to flush the tax could infringe on the principle of home rule.

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.”

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 board OKs tax incentive ordinance, introduces measures against companies who violate deals

Sara McCleary Apr. 7, 2017, 9:49am

The Cook County Board of Commissioners recently approved a new ordinance that will set out new regulations for recipients of tax incentives through the Cook County Bureau of Economic Development.

Tax incentive packages handed out to several city, suburban Cook County businesses to remain, expand

Dawn Geske Feb. 1, 2017, 11:40pm

Saying the county is trying to work with local communities to boost the local economy, the Cook County Board has approved a series of tax incentive packages recommended by the county's Bureau of Economic Development.

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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