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Tuesday marks day two of the semi-annual Cook County tax sale, where those delinquent on their property taxes have their liens sold to private investors, who can then collect massive interest rates. A push to change the system by some public officials has simply raised more questions.

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Why Cook County property owners who are eight months delinquent in paying taxes are about to owe major fees to private companies.

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The owners of tens of thousands of homes and properties in Cook County who’ve fallen behind on their taxes have only a couple more days to settle their debts – or they could wind up paying a lot more.

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WBEZ data reporter Chris Hagan

Cook County is shrinking again – and the 2016 drop in population is the biggest of any county in the entire country. Is this just a statistical blip or the beginning of an alarming trend?

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A new program aims to get all arrestees a defense attorney while in police custody.

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(Solar Energy Industries Association)

Cook County is more than halfway through a multiyear project that aims to make solar energy more affordable for residents.

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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle

Cook County is ahead of schedule on its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050, a new report shows.

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Kim Foxx is the first African-American woman to hold the position of Cook County State’s Attorney. She joins host Carol Marin to discuss her plans for the office.

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(Chicago Tonight)

What will 300,000 local patients face if Obamacare is repealed? We speak with the CEO of the Cook County Health and Hospitals System.

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Brandon Johnson works in the kitchen at Chicago restaurant the Girl and the Goat. (Chicago Tonight)

From the foster system to one of the hottest restaurants in town: How one young man is “mixing it up.”

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With a two-year decline in jail population, Cook County is demolishing some older jail buildings that once housed inmates.

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The ordinance passed by a slim 9-8 vote, with Board President Toni Preckwinkle casting the deciding vote.

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Voters have chosen to cut costs by consolidating the Cook County Clerk’s Office with the Cook County Recorder of Deeds in a binding referendum.

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Kim Foxx, left, and Dorothy Brown. (Chicago Tonight)

Kim Foxx has soundly defeated her Republican challenger for Cook County State’s Attorney, while Dorothy Brown wins a fifth term as Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court. 

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A sign at the Chicago North Secretary of State Facility, located at 5401 N. Elston Ave., announces the office is closed until Wednesday. (Paris Schutz / Chicago Tonight)

All Illinois Secretary of State offices and most other state government agencies are closed Tuesday, as Illinois recognizes Election Day as one of 13 paid holidays that workers receive throughout the year. 

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How voters in Cook County and Illinois get to decide on more than just candidates in Tuesday's election. The skinny on two binding ballot referenda that voters must decide on.