Right now it is free, why not charge $25 per class? And make all misdemeanor marijuana possession charges petty offenses, with a minimum fine of $500! So much money is wasted in court on these cases.
If you are going to stick a tax on a private used vehicle purchase, you ought to charge the tax upon vehicle registration, rather than surprise the buyer with a hefty tax bill four months later. If you can't get the state (DMV) to facilitate this, then you should not have enacted the tax without this minimal consideration for Cook County residents.
Chicago's murder rate is out of control despite all of the city and state regulations to reduce access to guns.
"It is very important to us to tax guns because we know that guns are the sources of the incredible violence we have in our neighborhoods," Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle told a news conference.
I always thought the sources of incredible violence were incredibly violent people. Its a tough sell, especially in Chicago. This is going to fall on deaf ears, but if I were a violent person I would A) Like a guarantee from the City of Chicago that the person I'm about to rob is unarmed. and B) Not care what gun laws were on the books anyway.
How many murders will there be before the city actually does something other than hold "Anti-violence rallies"?
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Unfair vehicle use tax - I feel the amount charged for used vehicles is totally unfair.. it should be based on vehicle cost not just age.. I got a bill for 175$ for a motorcycle i paid 150$ ... how is thst even close to fair?? If I had purchased from a dealer the tax would have been 15$ come on cook county be more fair!
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I would put all the administrative asst in a pool and offer them to go to other locations in the cook county system when there is a need. Some will be happy to relocate, and have a new challenge and learn new skills. Use the resources you currently have to cut cost all over the county. I for one am an administrative asst II I came to the detention center to work with administration however I was transferred to an area that I use none of my skills for office work ( Microsoft word, excel, outlook. And I am doing work in what should be a clerk’s position. I am also being trained to be in an area that will have direct contact with the minors of the center. I have no desire to do to work with minors. This should be trained staff, counselors or Probation officers duties than an un-trained administration asst. when the minors first come in. if there was a pool of offerings that each employee can be placed in I do believe this will satisfy the needs of the many as well as keeping good employees who do want to work for the county and it will also foster a better work environment. It will also fill your need of skilled employees in other locations.
The Cook County budget covers a huge amount of spending. There are 17 commissioners with relatively small staffs. Few of the commissioners or staff members have great expertise in accounting, budgets and audits.
The commissioners should get money to hire outside accounting expertise to review the budget submitted by the president. This would be a spending increase, but it would also achieve two important goals:
1. The budget would get scrutinized better.
2. The commissioners would better understand the budget.
Ideally, this would make Cook County government work better.
Establish a clearinghouse of vacant and abandoned properties in the area along with the following information:
1) Legal status of the property (eg disputed foreclosure, absentee owner, etc)
2) Available resources in close proximity (to gauge or stimulate potential real estate development interest)
3) Habitability status (move-in ready or needs work?)
4) Zoning Status (especially for commercial properties to determine possible mixed use)
5) TIF and other special funding availability
The aim of the initiative would be to match available commercial and residential structures with individuals and households seeking affordable housing. The initiative would provide wrap-around social services for individuals and households moving into properties along with harnessing government, private and NGO resources for the sustainable rehabilitation of properties that needed repairs.
It just so happpens that I am working on just such an initiative, called Legally Occupy and I could use the support of the Cook County Board and others interested in promoting affordable housing in the area to help get the initiative up and running.
I am especially seeking support that would allow me to devote full-time effort for the next 30 to 60 days to further build out the Hidden Value in Abandoned Buildings (HViAB) platform that I am developing with Dan Fehrenbach of CNT Energy. A rudimentary version of the HViAB platform focused on the Bronzeville area of Chicago won a runner-up prize in the 2012 Urban Sustainability Hackathon sponored by the Center for Neighborhood Technology in October.