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'Social enterprise' companies will get bidding edge for Cook County contracts under new ordinance

A new Cook County ordinance will give preference on bidding to vendors who the county believes are set up to serve the public benefit.

Judge: Cook County didn't violate speech rights of fired ex-staffer who ran vs Elmwood Park's Silvestri

A Chicago federal judge is closing the door on an ex-Cook County government staffer’s attempt to sue powerful Cook County politicians, saying he can’t demonstrate the county violated his constitutional rights by firing him after he helped expose alleged political corruption in Elmwood Park, and then campaigned to take the county board seat held by Peter Silvestri, Elmwood Park’s mayor.

Berrios lawsuit: Cook County ethics ordinance illegally limits his campaign cash, imposes fines

Cook County Assessor and chairman of the county's Democratic Party Joe Berrios has sued the Cook County Board over campaign donation limits.

Cook deputy says 'sham' merit board had no power to fire her in 2011 over personal misconduct charges

A former Cook County Sheriff's Office sergeant, fired for alleged off-duty incidents involving alcohol, is suing Sheriff Tom Dart, claiming the sheriff's Merit Board had no authority to sack her, because board members were serving interim, rather than six-year terms as required by law, making the board a “sham.”

Another class action over now-repealed Cook County pop tax lands in court, even as others settle

On the day the controversial Cook County “pop tax” expired, one of the law firms behind the rash of class action lawsuits against area retailers and restaurants over the collection of the tax brought perhaps one final class action claim against an area retailer, saying a man was charged a few cents too much for club sodas he purchased at two local Jewel supermarkets.

AFSCME: Cook Sheriff's Merit Board members terms' illegal; disciplinary decisions invalid since '05

A powerful public workers’ labor union has sued the Cook County Sheriff, saying members of the Cook County Sheriff’s Merit Board – whom the sheriff essentially appoints - aren’t spending enough time in office, potentially undermining all disciplinary cases the board has handled against deputies and correctional officers represented by the union since 2005.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.