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Have you thought of a visit to Mr. Madigan?

Toni Preckwinkle, president of the Cook County Board, visited the Tribune Editorial Board this week to warn that for lack of payments from the state, she'll soon have to lay off workers and curtail programs that collect child support enforcement, reduce criminals' recidivism and promote public...

Preckwinkle warns of possible county layoffs due to state budget impasse

With the state falling further behind in paying its bills, Cook County is starting to consider layoffs of workers who help collect child support and keep non-violent offenders out of state prisons, County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said Monday. As of Jan. 31, the state was $66.1 million behind...

State's attorney candidate Kim Foxx: 'I'm not beholden to Toni Preckwinkle'

Kim Foxx, candidate for Cook County state's attorney, gets the Toni thing. She's a realist, having grown up in the notorious Cabrini-Green housing project. But she got out, got an education, became a prosecutor and is now a south suburban soccer mom. And as Cook County Board President Toni "Taxwinkle"...

Foxx supporters say they have votes to win state's attorney endorsement over Alvarez

Supporters of challenger Kim Foxx's bid for Cook County state's attorney say they have the votes to win the Democratic Party endorsement on Thursday, the result of an extensive push by County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. The assessments came Wednesday, the eve of a special meeting of the 80...

Preckwinkle calls for McCarthy to go, Alvarez to step down

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Monday called for State's Attorney Anita Alvarez to step down and for Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy to be ousted because of their handling of the investigation into the shooting of an African-American teen by a white Chicago police...

As personnel spending rises, what will Toni Preckwinkle tax next?

A marathon Cook County Board meeting last week included some testy exchanges but a predictable result. Commissioners passed a $4.5 billion budget that counts on higher sales taxes, a new tax on hotel rooms, an ammunition tax and some fee hikes. It passed 12-5. Most of the money the county will...

Prickwrinkle's Budget Passes

More taxes! Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's $4.5 billion budget won approval Wednesday, and people who shop, stay in hotels and file lawsuits will be paying more next year.Overall county spending is expected to increase by about $500 million under a budget commissioners approved 12-5. Show More Summary

Preckwinkle's tax-laden 2016 county budget easily passes

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's $4.5 billion budget won approval Wednesday, and people who shop, stay in hotels and file lawsuits will be paying more next year. Overall county spending is expected to increase by about $500 million under a budget commissioners approved 12-5. The spending...

Preckwinkle hotel tax clears key hurdle with vote to spare

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's proposal to impose a 1 percent hotel tax cleared a key hurdle Friday, making it likely that Chicago's overall rate will rise to 17.4 percent next year. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's proposal to impose a 1 percent hotel tax cleared...

Push back on taxes, commissioners, and protect Chicago's convention trade

Rejoice, golfers and bowlers. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has dropped plans to tax your activities because she ran into too much opposition on the board. But she's not done taxing. She has shifted her focus to hiking taxes on hotel stays. If she gets her way when the County Board...

Preckwinkle defends latest tax increase instead of cutting budget

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Monday defended her proposed 1 percent hotel tax, calling it "very modest." Facing a wave of criticism from business interest groups, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Monday defended her latest tax-increase proposal: a new 1 percent...

All Hail Toni!

Shifting the unpopular taxes so she can be the hero....like Rahm and Shortshanks used to do: Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will nix her 3 percent amusement tax proposal and instead push for a 1 percent hotel tax, Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin said Thursday.A 1 percent hike would spike Chicago’s hotel tax to 17.4 percent. Show More Summary

The Toni Taxes: Last Resort Part 3

For Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, negotiating a budget deal this fall has been like a spaghetti toss. Throw a fistful of taxes at the wall and see which will stick. Preckwinkle in October tried to sell her budget and tax proposal as a last resort — not to be confused with the 1-percentage-point...

Preckwinkle ditches amusement tax hike, now looking at hotel tax

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has ditched her proposal to extend a 3 percent amusement tax to cable TV and is instead suggesting a 1 percent hotel tax, a board member said Thursday. Democratic Commissioner Larry Suffredin of Evanston said he was called in to meet with Preckwinkle...

Here a Tax, There a Tax

And once again, not a single substantive cut to government : Months after winning approval for a controversial penny-on-the-dollar sales tax increase, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle now wants to extend the county's 3 percent...Show More Summary

Don't have fun. It's taxed.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle wants to tax golf, bowling, ice skating — recreational activities already taxed by the city of Chicago — to help balance next year's county budget. Amusement parks, kayaking, fishing, billiards, you name it. If her budget passes, participants of sports...

Cook County Considers 3 Percent Tax on Cable, Bowling And Other Fun Things

Cook County residents could be facing another tax hike if County Board President Toni Preckwinkle gets her way. [ more › ]

Preckwinkle plans to tax cable TV, bowling and golf

Months after winning approval for a controversial penny-on-the-dollar sales tax increase, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle now wants to extend the county's 3 percent amusement tax to cable TV and recreational activities such as bowling and golf. The additional $20 million would help...

Cook County Is Spending $500K On New Restorative Justice Programs

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has announced the county will spend $500,000 on piloting restorative justice programs. [ more › ]

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