Alcohol consumption takes a significant financial and human toll on society. Youth are particularly hard hit. America’s economic price tag for underage drinking’s resulting violence, car accidents and suicide attempts is $61.9 billion (Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, 2009).
Nearly two thirds of voters are in favor of increasing the Alcohol tax in [...]Continue Reading →
When the Cook County alcohol tax was introduced in 1989, it was designed to support the County public health system where doctors and nurses see the impact and financial costs of increased alcohol consumption on a daily basis.
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Alcoholic Beverage Tax will be adjusted from $0.06 to $0.09 for beer; from $0.16 to $0.24 for beverages with 14% or less alcohol; from $0.30 to $0.45 for beverages with 14% to 20% alcohol; from $2.00 to $2.50 for beverages with more than 20% alcohol.
Beer 14% Alcohol or less 14% – 20% Alcohol 20% [...]Continue Reading →
Cook County has been holding weekend bond court at all five suburban courthouses despite a low volume of cases at some locations. Consolidating weekend bond court at the Criminal Courthouse will make the criminal justice system more efficient.
•The five suburban courthouses hold bond hearings on Saturdays—Skokie, Rolling Meadows, Maywood, Bridgeview, and [...]Continue Reading →
Cook County detains a relatively large number of youth at a considerable cost. The County aims to lower the detention population over two years by investing in alternatives.
The County is investing in alternatives to detention to lower the population, enabling it to close down one of the nine [...]Continue Reading →
An excerpt from FoxChicago.com, which appeared Friday, October 28th:
More than a thousand layoffs, higher fees on booze, parking and stickers are all put into effect to help Cook County balance its budget, while still [...]Continue Reading →
The president of the Cook County Board is floating her proposed budget for 2012, and there’s plenty for citizens already feeling nickeled and dimed not to like: New licensing fees on cash-operated jukeboxes, pool tables [...]Continue Reading →
In times of austerity, it can be very difficult for elected officials to advance any significant agenda items while also balancing a budget. But the Cook County Board of Commissioners president, Toni Preckwinkle, is trying to do just that.
Ms. Preckwinkle [...]Continue Reading →
Cook County taxpayers are making difficult decisions every day to safeguard their future in this economy. They are cutting back on spending, asking everyone to pitch in and doing more with less. They expect their government to make similar sacrifices.
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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s proposed 2012 budget is getting high marks from a noted government watchdog.
As WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports, to say Civic Federation president Laurence Msall is pleased with Preckwinkle’s $3 billion budget plan would be a bit of an [...]Continue Reading →