Cook County News

Cook County retirees outnumber active employees in two years

By Chris Lentino, Illinois Policy Institute | Nov 17, 2017

Recently released data shows retirees outpacing active employees, adding pressure to an already stressed pension fund.

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

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 12, 2017

CHICAGO - The Cook County “pop tax” will soon be a thing of the past, after the Cook County Board buckled to public pressure and repealed the widely panned and unpopular penny-per-ounce tax on soda and a wide range of other sweetened drinks.

'Speculation' about Cook County 'pop tax' proves accurate

By The Madison County Record | Aug 15, 2017

“As to the concerns that improper collection of the tax will open the Merchants up to litigation, any such notion is merely speculation at this point and does not render the Ordinance unconstitutionally vague.”

Cook County officials and their attorneys need hard discipline

By The Madison County Record | Aug 9, 2017

Here's the thing about inappropriate behavior: What is outrageous will seem less so when compared to something more outrageous.

Preckwinkle suing soda tax opponents, judge fears 'chilling effect'

By John Kristof, Illinois Policy Institute | Aug 8, 2017

Cook County’s lawsuit seeks damages from the Illinois Retail Merchants Association.

‘Show Me Your Lawsuit State’ tops ATRA’s Judicial Hellholes list

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Dec 16, 2016

The Metro-East St. Louis region joined the ranks yet again as this year’s worst jurisdictions, with St. Louis topping the American Tort Reform Association’s Judicial Hellholes list and Madison and St. Clair Counties ranking sixth in the nation. ATRA, however, praised Associate Judge Stephen Stobbs’ recent revised case management order governing the Madison County asbestos docket.

Crowder installed as treasurer of IJA for '16-'17 term

By Carrie Salls | Jun 14, 2016

Madison County Circuit Court Judge Barbara Crowder started a one-year term as treasurer f the Illinois Judges Association (IJA) following installation of a new slate of officers for 2016-2017 on June 3.

Chicago alderman saved Trump $11.7 million in property tax appeal scheme

By Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute | May 2, 2016

A new report revealed that Klafter & Burke, a property-tax law firm owned by Chicago Alderman Ed Burke, helped Donald Trump cut property taxes on his downtown Chicago hotel by nearly 40 percent over seven years, saving Trump and his investors $11.7 million.

Judge slaps restraining order on access to Topinka campaign money amid lawsuit by late comptroller's son

By Scott Holland | Jan 25, 2016

The campaign funds of the late Judy Baar Topinka are now formally frozen, thanks to an order issued Jan. 22 in Cook County Circuit Court.

Unconstitutional: Cook County judge rules against new jurors law

By Elizabeth Schubert | Jan 2, 2016

An Illinois Circuit Court judge says reducing the number of jurors in civil trials is unconstitutional, a decision that could bring the law passed late last year to the state supreme court. 

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