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County continues talks for expanding local jail facility

At the Sept. 18 Cook County Committee of the Whole meeting, the county’s ‘Jail Study Master Plan’ facilitated by Wold Architects will be the primary topic.


WTIP to host county commissioner candidate forum Sept. 20

Election Day is Nov. 6, and there are two contested seats this year to serve on the Cook County Board of Commissioners.

Cook County Board of Commissioners 2018. Photo by Joe Friedrichs

Commissioners set preliminary levy at 5.99 percent

There was a meeting of the Cook County Board of Commissioners Tuesday, Sept. 11.

Vacation rentals are common throughout Cook County. Photo by Joe Friedrichs

Fees, tax increases likely for vacation rentals in Cook County

Cook County officials and the local Vacation Rental Committee continue to discuss a means to have oversight on the number of vacation rentals in the county.


County will discuss 2019 budget during town hall meetings

The Cook County Board of Commissioners, along with county staff, are hosting a series of town hall meetings in September to discuss the 2019 county budget.

Swim meet on March 11, 2017 at the YMCA. All photos by Martha Marnocha

County administrator talks YMCA costs for taxpayers

There was a meeting of the Cook County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, Aug. 21. The following discussion and action items occurred during Tuesday’s meeting.


County aims for transparency with budget process

Cook County staff and elected officials say they are striving to make the budget process as open and accessible to citizens as possible this year.

Superior, Wisconsin as seen just hours after the explosion April 26, 2018. Photo by Kristy DeVera

Blast at oil refinery near Lake Superior impacts Cook County roads

The Twin Ports area of Lake Superior made national headlines in late April when a series of explosions and intense fire erupted at the Husky Energy oil refinery in Superior, Wisc.


Leo Lake and Sawtooth Bluffs focus of county meeting

The public landing at Leo Lake and an update on the development plans for Sawtooth Bluffs were two key topics discussed during a meeting of the Cook County Parks & Trails Commission.


County delays plans for Hovland garage, ice rink warming house

The proposed upgrades to the public works garage in Hovland and a warming house for the skating rink at the Cook County Community Center might not take place this year as previously scheduled.