Monday, May 13, 2013
The cost of colonoscopies, MRIs, CT scans and mammograms can shift a lot from place to place.
On average, the costs of common health care tests such as a mammogram or MRIs in Cook County compare well to Illinois state averages. For example, a colonoscopy in Cook County costs about $1,050 less than state averages. However, the cost of the procedure can vary greatly within the county from a low of $1,940 to a high of $9,790. That's according to data from New Choice Health, a private company that encourages people to become smarter healthcare consumers. Average costs between neighboring counties, such as DuPage, did not show big variations in the Chicago area for the most part, but Cook did show a much greater range of prices. The maximum cost of a CT Scan was $5,960 with a minimum of $1,670 in Cook County. These big regional …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart releases a surveillance video that purports to show a corrections officer didn't slip and fall as he claimed in a workers compensation claim.
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart wants you to know he's keeping an eye on the "duty injury king" — a corrections officer known among his peers for submitting false injury claims while on the job — and others like him. The sheriff's office released a video tape Wednesday that purports to show the time and location where a corrections officer claimed he slipped and fell, injuring his back on Nov. 20. The officer is now suspended without pay, and the sheriff wants to press criminal charges. The sheriff's office's claim about the video states: On November 20th of last year a Correctional Officer submitted a false injury report claiming that he sustained a back injury while returning from transporting a detainee. He reported to other staff the he …
Monday, April 1, 2013
Do you think the new tax will help curb taxpayer expenses tied to gun violence?
A new $25 tax on every gun purchase in suburban Cook County took effect Monday as part of the larger 2013 county budget approved by county commissioners and County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, various media outlets reported. The new gun tax is expected to bring in around $600,000 in revenues this year and is aimed at curbing taxpayer expenses tied to gun violence, which Preckwinkle says crowds jails and drives up health care costs, NBC Chicago reported. Patch wants to know do you think the new tax will help curb taxpayer expenses tied to gun violence? Tell us in the comment section. Preckwinkle's chief of staff, Kurt Summers says told the Sun-Times that the average health care cost to treat a gunshot victim is $52,000. He added …
Monday, March 4, 2013
The county hopes to help smokers quit the habit and raise more money with this recent tax hike.
Cook County smokers will have to shell out more than ever after last Friday’s $1 cigarette tax hike. This comes on top of an additional $1 jump on the state level last June. The county is hoping to receive an extra $25.6 million from the increase, but historic examples suggest the figure might be wishful thinking, according to the Chicago Tribune. In additional to the estimated revenue, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle hopes the initiative will deter youths from smoking and help current smokers kick the habit. Get the rest of the story by the Chicago Tribune.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Want to see who sold their home in Cook County? Patch has compiled a searchable ongoing list of property sales in Cook County, based on data from the Cook County Recorder of Deeds.
Want to know how much that house down the block sold for or how many million dollar home sales there were in your community last year? Patch has put together a searchable real estate database of Cook County property sales that is updated twice a month as new data is received from the Cook County Recorder of Deeds. You can search by address (the field will fill in automatically as you start typing, but be patient — it may take a moment to catch up with you), or search a full town or a specific price range within a town. You can also search by the buyer or seller's name (and those fields will fill automatically as well). If no price is listed, or other information is missing, it is because it was not included in the information from the …
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
The Cook County Sheriff's Office has arrested Dajuan Brown, who will appear in Cook County bond court today on charges of involuntary sexual servitude and human trafficking.
A Chicago man will appear in court today for forcing females to work as prostitutes. Dajuan Brown, 35, is facing charges that include 10 counts of involuntary sexual servitude and 1 count of aggravated human trafficking. Cook County Sheriff's Police took Brown into custody Tuesday morning after learning that he was keeping females against their will, giving them heroine several times a day and forcing them to work as prostitutes, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced Tuesday. Police arrested Brown Tuesday morning at his apartment on the 1400 Block of North Laramie in Chicago. Sheriff’s investigators obtained a search warrant after they learned of drug activity within the apartment and collected statements from witnesses who claimed …
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
John L. Wilson has been indicted on 31 felony charges and faces life in prison for the first-degree murder of 14-year-old Lyons Township freshman Kelli O'Laughlin.
The man charged with the murder of an Indian Head Park teen is requesting to represent himself at trial. The attorney who had been representing him, Naperville-based John Paul Carroll is facing *disciplinary action and a possible 90-day suspension for two unrelated cases. John L. Wilson is charged with murdering 14-year-old Kelli O'Laughlin, a freshman at Lyons Township High School, after she came home from school and walked in on him burglarizing her house last October. Carroll had agreed to continue to represent Wilson through any disciplinary proceedings, because the potential disciplinary action did not disqualify him from doing so. Judge John Joseph Hynes asked Wilson Monday if he wanted to continue to be represented by Carroll and co…
Thursday, May 10, 2012
The ceremony remembering Cook County Officers killed in the line of duty will start at 11 a.m.
Police officers and other law enforcement personnel from all police agencies throughout Cook County are expected to attend the 11th Annual Cook County Peace Officers Ceremony of Recognition and Remembrance today. The ceremony will honor peace officers killed in the line of duty from throughout Cook County. The event will be held at the Cermak Woods Forest Preserve, 7601 W. Ogden Avenue, in Lyons, and is open to the public. The event begins with a silent police motorcade comprised of police motorcycles and vehicles from more than 60 different departments. The motorcade will start at 10:30 a.m. from Morton College, 39th & Central in Cicero. It will travel west down 39th St (Pershing Road) to Ogden and then to the site at Cermak Woods where …
Sunday, April 29, 2012
There are 63 registered sex offenders in unincorporated Cook County and one in Burr Ridge.
Registered sex offenders living in unincorporated Cook County were once again notified to check in with the Sheriff’s Office, in order to re-register. Notifications went out to all registered sex offenders in Unincorporated Cook County that they were required to appear in one of 4 chosen locations on April 21st, between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. to re-register as a sex offender in Illinois. State law requires that all sex offenders in Illinois re-register once a year, with their respective law enforcement agencies. The Cook County Sheriff’s Office usually requires sex offenders to do this at least two times a year. In addition to re-registering, the offenders are each required to view a video which reiterates the responsibilities and rules they …
Monday, April 16, 2012
It's always good to be caught up on state politics. Here's an easy guide to what happened this week.
Editor's Note: This article was created by aggregating news articles from Illinois Statehouse News that were written by various Illinois Statehouse News reporters. SPRINGFIELD — A state representative was indicted on a federal bribery charge, officials in Washington, D.C., addressed Illinois' fiscal troubles, and warmer weather means road construction is under way from Chicago to Cairo. Rep. Derrick Smith indicted on bribery charge A federal grand jury indicted state Rep. Derrick Smith, D-Chicago, on a single federal bribery charge. Smith is accused of accepting $7,000 in exchange for writing a letter of support for a day care center he thought was seeking a $50,000 Early Childhood Construction Grant through the state's Capital Development…