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Cook County budget includes staff reductions, sugary beverages tax

Nora Shelly, City Editor

November 18

Filed under City, Local, Politics

The Cook County Board of Commissioners approved their 2017 budget this week, which includes a tax on sweetened beverages and cuts to county staff. The budget, approved by a 11-4 vote Tuesday, includes staff reductions of 300 Cook County emp...

Soda prices in Cook County set to rise this summer

Sam Krevlin, Reporter

November 10

Filed under Business, City, Local

Evanston consumers will have to pay more to buy sugary drinks later this year after a soda tax was passed narrowly on Thursday by the Cook County Board. The tax, which passed with a 9-8 vote, will increase the price of a two-liter...

Evanston workers to see $13 minimum wage by 2020

Sam Krevlin, Reporter

October 27

Filed under Business, City, Latest Stories, Local, State

Evanston workers will see their minimum wage raised to $13 an hour over the next four years, after the Cook County Board approved the incremental increase on Wednesday. Starting in July, wages will increase to $10 an hour....

Cook County districts may receive funding for transportation projects

Sam Krevlin, Reporter

October 23

Filed under City, Local

Evanston may receive funds from county coffers to tackle transportation infrastructure projects next year. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced last week that she is including half a million dollars to be...

Cook County board considering tax on sugary drinks

Nora Shelly, City Editor

October 14

Filed under Business, City, Local

Your can of soda may cost a little bit more next year, if the Cook County Board of Commissioners follows through on a proposal to tax sugary drinks. Board President Toni Preckwinkle introduced the proposal on Thursday as part...

Cook County Circuit Court will allow juvenile hearings on weekends

Sam Krevlin, Reporter

October 11

Filed under City, Crime

Juveniles arrested over the weekend in Cook County will no longer have to wait until Monday for a hearing, after the Circuit Court of Cook County ordered last week that juvenile hearings be conducted on weekends. Currently,...

Cook County Board votes for paid sick time for suburban workers

Sam Krevlin, Reporter

October 9

Filed under City, Local, State

The Cook County Board voted Wednesday to give suburban workers paid sick time. More than 440,000 suburban workers in Cook County, including those from Evanston, will be affected by the ordinance allowing a maximum of five...