Donald Trump’s presidential win has confounded elected officials in Chicago and Cook County, and raised serious questions about potential local impacts to County medical care and the federal probe into the Chicago Police Department. Tuesday’s election had other big impacts, including the elimination of a county office and new control of hundreds of millions in transportation dollars.
We’ve included an extended interview with Cook County Recorder of Deeds Karen Yarbrough, whose office will fold its duties under the jurisdiction of the County Clerk. The County has until 2020 to figure out how to merge the two offices, and Yarbrough, who opposed the binding referendum, says no one has reached out to her to talk about it.
And roughly 78% of Illinois voters advanced an amendment to the state constitution, dubbed the “Lockbox Amendment.” It would force the state and local municipalities to direct transportation-related tax dollars to roads, highways, bridges and other transportation infrastructure. In theory, it’s a laudatory goal, in practice, there are serious consequences. The Civic Federation’s Laurence Msall explains why.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle also cast the deciding vote on a controversial plan to slap a penny-per-ounce tax on sweetened beverages, making Cook largest county in America to impose such a tax. Democratic commissioners who voted no invoked the wrath of Trump voters who might strike back when the board’s up for election in 2018.
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