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Indictment: Cook County's hired debt collector charged with bribing county officials to secure county contract

By Jonathan Bilyk | Mar 15, 2019

The owner of a Pennsylvania debt collection company, which for years has chased down those who owe money to Cook County, has been indicted on federal charges of allegedly bribing court clerks, including Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown, to land such contracts.

Cook County 'use tax' revenue soars; county partners with collector, local lawyers to track down unpaid taxes

By Jonathan Bilyk | Apr 9, 2018

Cook County residents who have bought a car in recent years may need to begin watching their mail for an envelope from Cook County, demanding perhaps hundreds of dollars under a county tax, thanks to an ongoing, little-heralded arrangement with a debt collector and local law firm deputized to act as county attorneys.

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