Tag: Cook County Board of Commissioners

‘This Is Shameful,’ Says Boykin of Hospital System’s Lack of Black Contractors

Saturday, December 16, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin  (1st) during a Dec. 11 press conference about the CCHHS’s lack of black contractors. | Courtesy Commissioner Boykin

As of October of this year, the Cook County Health and Hospitals System had spent around $165 million on contracts to purchase things like medical supplies and equipment, according to data provided by the county’s Office of Contract Compliance.

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Today is ‘Independence Day,’ Says Boykin As Sugar Tax Ends

Friday, December 1, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin during a Dec. 1 press conference at a supermarket in Cicero. | Commissioner Boykin/Twitter 

At midnight on Dec. 1, the Cook County Sweetened Beverage tax — which imposed a penny per ounce increased tax on the retail sale of sweetened beverages in the county — effectively ended.

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Boykin Faces Two Challengers for Commissioner’s Seat

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Brandon Johnson, left, who along with Bertha Pernell (not pictured), plan to challenge Commissioner Richard Boykin, right, in the Democratic Primary race. 

Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin (1st), whose district encompasses all or parts of Bellwood, Broadview and Maywood, is up against two declared challengers in the Democratic Primary race for his seat on the Board of Commissioners.

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County Must Make Up for $200M Budget Hole, Says Commissioner

Monday, November 13, 2017 || By Igor Studenkov || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: A chart breaking down the county’s FY 2018 operating budget by office, released by the office of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. | Cook County 

During a Nov. 7 town hall he organized in Chicago, Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin (1st), whose district includes all or parts of Bellwood, Broadview and Maywood, presented an outline of the county’s budget.

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With Soda Tax Canned, Area Business Owners Hope Customers, Revenue Return

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Mike Nutley, one of the owners of Ed’s Way in Forest Park, inside of his store earlier this summer. | Wednesday Journal File

The Cook County Board of Commissioners voted 15-1 on Wednesday to repeal the deeply unpopular sweetened beverage tax, which tacked on an additional penny per ounce onto certain sugary drinks. The roll back goes into effect on Dec. 1.

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County Commissioners Push for Repealing Sugary Drink Tax

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.

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Boykin Considering Run for Board President

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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