Monday, September 18, 2017 || By Lee Edwards/Austin Weekly News || @maywoodnews
Featured image: A Chicago choir that won a separate choir competition last year. | Austin Weekly News File
Choirs from all across Cook County and even places beyond Illinois will all converge on St. Michael Missionary Baptist Church, 4106 W. Monroe St., on Oct. 7 to compete in the third annual Cook County Wide Gospel Choir Competition hosted by Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin (1st) and The Cook County Wide Gospel Choir Competition.
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Monday, September 11, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
Feature image: Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, left, and Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin, during an event in 2015. | Wednesday Journal File
Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin (1st) — whose district represents all or parts of Broadview, Bellwood and Maywood — has taken another step toward running against Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.
Continue reading “Boykin Circulating Petitions Ahead of Possible Run for Board President”
Friday, August 11, 2017 || By Bob Skolnik/Wednesday Journal || @maywoodnews || Photo: Getty Images
Five Cook County Commissioners announced on Aug. 9 that they will support an ordinance to repeal the controversial Cook County penny-an-ounce tax on pre-sweetened beverages.
Commissioners Richard Boykin (D-1st), Sean Morrison (R-17th) and Tim Schneider (R-15th) appeared at a press conference Aug. 9 at the County Building to announce their move to repeal the tax.
Continue reading “County Commissioners Push for Repealing Sugary Drink Tax”
Tuesday, August 8, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin (1st), whose district includes Bellwood, Broadview and Maywood, said in an interview last week that he’s considering a run to replace Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle — who is currently dealing with the fallout from an unpopular sweetened beverage tax, deep budget cuts and mass layoffs.
“President Preckwinkle has taken us as far as she can take us,” Boykin said. “She’s damaged the county in a real way. She’s done as much as she can do. … I expect that this whole beverage tax, the incompetent way it’s been rolled out and the unfairness of it will hurt her. It will damage her [politically].”
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Sunday, August 6, 2017 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews || Feature image: Getty Images
Cook County Commissioner Richard R. Boykin (1st), Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios, Maywood Mayor Edwenna Perkins, the Maywood Board of Trustees and Rev. Marvin E. Wiley (pastor of the Rock of Ages Baptist Church in Maywood) will co-host a property tax appeal workshop on Monday, Aug. 7, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., at the TH Wade Building, 1405 Madison St. in Maywood.
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Monday, July 31, 2017 || By Thomas Vogel/Forest Park Review || @maywoodnews
A Cook County judge on July 28 dismissed a lawsuit brought by the Illinois Retail Merchants Association (IRMA) aimed at stopping a one-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary beverages.
The tax will go into effect on Aug. 2, according to a press release from Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.
The ruling, announced last Friday afternoon, comes about a month after the new tax, passed in November 2016, was to be implemented. Friday’s decision is the latest twist in a weeks-long legal battle.
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Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin (1st) addresses community members during a July 15 town hall held at village council chambers, 125 S. 5th Ave. in Maywood. | Michael Romain/VFP
Friday, July 28, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
During a town hall meeting he convened in Maywood on July 15, Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin (1st) announced that the county board was set to approve a grant of around $206,000 to install a bike path along Washington Blvd.
The county board unanimously approved the grant, which is part of a $7.2 million county-wide highway improvement project, at a regular meeting on July 19.
Formally called the 2017 Invest in Cook Awards, the projects are designed to provide incentives to municipalities to encourage “non-auto” forms of transportation.
Continue reading “Maywood Gets $206K, Melrose Park Gets $203K for Bike Lanes | Video Cameras for New Maywood Metra Station | More”