Cook County Health narrows CEO field to 12, plans to open another building at jail for COVID-19 response

Dr. John Jay Shannon, then CEO of the Cook County Health system, looks on as Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle speaks in 2017. | Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times file Five of the 12 have already been interviewed, M. Hill Hammock, Chair of Cook County Health’s Board of Directors, said Friday. The pool of potential candidates […]

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Sen. Durbin hits the ‘frontline’ of the county’s battle against COVID-19

Debra Carey, the interim CEO of Cook County Health, joins Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Sen. Dick Durbin to talk about the county’s COVID-19 response. | Rachel Hinton/ Sun-Times The battle against the deadly coronavirus should include more money for testing, Durbin said, standing outside of tents that serve as walk-up and drive-thru […]

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Cook County COVID-19 response plan focuses on communities ‘hit the hardest’ to ensure ‘recovery will encompass everyone’

Bill Barnes, the director of the county’s Emergency Management and Regional Services, and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle explain the county’s COVID-19 response plan, which was unveiled Thursday. | Screen grab. The plan also includes a community advisory council composed of community leaders and advocates who are being recruited to provide feedback from their […]

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Preckwinkle offers plan to delay fees on late property tax bills

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle unveiled a plan Wednesday that would waive two months of late fees for property tax payments. | Sun-Times file photo Property taxes are due in early August, but the plan would waive fees for two months until October. Homeowners would get a two-month waiver of fees on late property […]

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Wuhan Tests, Modi Rescue Package, Reopenings: Your Wednesday Briefing

(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the on what to read, cook, watch, and do while staying safe at home. And now for the Back Story on … Rushing to reopen This week, Donald G. McNeil Jr., our infectious disease correspondent, wrote about a possible second wave in the coronavirus pandemic. He focused […]

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Letter in Koschman case calls for explanation from Webb

Attorney Dan Webb is named special prosecutor to investigate the death of David Koschman at Cook County Criminal Courts on April 23, 2012 . | John H. White/Sun-Times. What’s going here? Did Webb deceive the public? Is Michael Daley not a member of the Daley family? Some years back, when Chicago Sun-Times reporters Chris Fusco […]

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Cook County sheriff’s office runs out of electronic monitoring bracelets

A discarded surgical mask sits on the sidewalk across from Division 10 at the Cook County Jail. | Andy Grimm/Sun-Times The lack of devices could strain the sheriff’s office’s ability to socially distance detainees, leading to more COVID-19 cases, inmate advocates said. The Cook County sheriff’s office has run out of electronic monitoring bracelets, worrying […]

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Coronavirus, France, Duterte: Your Wednesday Briefing

(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the on what to read, cook, watch, and do while staying safe at home. And now for the Back Story on … Covering Covid-19 in China Steven Lee Myers, our Beijing bureau chief, and Edward Wong, our diplomatic correspondent, this week discussed covering the coronavirus outbreak in […]

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Quarantined Americans are watching a lot of HGTV, Food Network

Americans stuck at home staring at fading furniture and wondering what to cook for dinner have been a boon for television networks like HGTV and the Food Network. The Food Network’s overall ratings in April were up 25 percent over the same month last year, while HGTV was up 22 percent, the Nielsen company said. […]

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Cook County searching for overlooked COVID-19 deaths as far back as November just ‘to cover our bases’

This image from undated video provided by the Office of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle shows set-up for the Cook County Medical Examiner’s surge center in Chicago to handle the influx of COVID-19 cases. | Office of Cook County Board President via AP The state recorded its first COVID-19 death on March 16, but […]

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Dart touts improvements, warns of security issues as Cook County Jail battles COVID-19

A discarded surgical mask sits on the sidewalk across from Division 10 at the Cook County Jail, where officials have faced an outbreak of COVID-19 that has seen more than 500 inmates and more than 300 jail staff infected with the virus. | Andy Grimm/Sun-Times Social distancing behind the walls may not be possible if […]

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Cook County bond rating outlook downgraded from stable to negative

The coronavirus pandemic has blown a hole in the Cook County budget. | Sun-Times file The change in the outlook is related to pandemic and recession pressures on the county. After taking Cook County’s general obligation bond rating down a notch in January, S&P Global Ratings has lowered its outlook from stable to negative, citing […]

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County health officials hope to interview potential CEO candidates as early as May or June

Former Cook County Health CEO John Jay Shannon met with the Sun-Times Editorial Board to discuss the budget. He was ousted from that role last November. | Rich Hein/Sun-Times | Sun-Times Media The search for a new CEO began when the board of directors decided not to renew the contract of former CEO Dr. John […]

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Cook County gives businesses more time to pay sales taxes

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle | Brian Rich/Sun-Times file Consumers will continue to pay the Home Rule taxes when making purchases, but stores and other businesses won’t have to forwarding the money to the county until June 1. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced Tuesday the county will extend the deferment of collecting […]

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Federal judge orders single cells for Cook County Jail detainees to slow spread of coronavirus

A discarded surgical mask on the sidewalk outside Division 10 at the Cook County Jail. A federal judge Monday issued an order mandating that most detainees be housed in single cells to prevent the spread of COVID-19. | Andy Grimm/Sun-Times A class action lawsuit had sought the release or transfer of elderly and medically compromised […]

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County braces for $200 million revenue gap from COVID-19 — and prepares for ‘how bad this could get’

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle speaks during a news conference earlier this month. | Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times file For the county’s general fund, which covers the Sheriff’s Office, the Cook County State’s Attorney and others, the revenue shortfall is around $200 million. That hole is largely due to decreased revenue from the county’s sales […]

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