Suffredin- For a Better Cook County  
 

Accountability
Forest Preserves
Public Safety
Cook County Budget
Forest Pres. Budget
Property Tax Appeal
Health & Hospitals
Land Bank Authority
Policy Resolutions
Unsung Heroine

 

   
 
   
   
 
   
     
  Office phone numbers:  
   
 
 

The Cook County Code of Ordinances are the current laws of Cook County.

   
 

Search current and proposed Cook County Legislation in Larry's exclusive legislative library.

   
  Cook County is the second most populous county in the nation. It is the 19th largest government in the U.S.
   
     
     
     



Mixed Reaction on "violence" tax
Preckwinkle takes heat for proposed tax on guns and ammunition

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Remember comedian Chris Rock's joke about gun control?


"You don't need no gun control.  We need some bullet control.. If a bullet cost $5,000, there'll be no more innocent bystanders, Rock joked while serious.

Well, that's sort of the idea proposed by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle this week.

Preckwinkle said a special tax on firearms and its ammunition could help ease health costs associated with gun violence and help stem the violence.

"Cook County suffers from systemic gun violence.  The wide availability of ammunition exacerbates the problem," she said.

About one-third of the guns found on city streets were sold at gun shops in the county's suburbs, she stressed.

Anti-violence activist and Director of CeaseFire Illinois Tio Hardiman agrees.

"Any effort to help stem the tide of violence isa great idea.  I know we won't change the mindset of all that are committing gun violence, but any effort helps.  I applaud the County Board President," Hardiman said.

Hardiman said he's not blind to the fact that some will still get their hands on guns illegally, but various efforts working simultaneously helps subside the violence.

The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms blasted Preckwinkle's proposed tax.

"Law-abiding firearms owners in Cook County should not be shouldering the bills for criminals.  Under Preckwinkle's plan, honest citizens would be financially punished for the bad behavior of a criminal element that appears to be rampant and unchecked, considering the number of shootings and murders that have been tallied," said the committee's chairman Alan Gottlied, adding, "Perhaps Preckwinkle shot consider an alternative.  How about a tax on politicians for impairing th gun rights of law abiding citizens by preventing them from protecting themselves, their families and their homes from the county's violent criminals?"

The county faces a $115 deficit next year.  Preckwinkle will unveil the proposed 2013 budget this month.


Recent Headlines

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart: “This has been a bipartisan disaster.”
Thursday, February 21, 2019
WGN Chicago

EDITORIAL: Don’t bungle MWRD’s plan for an independent inspector general
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart Pivots To Podcasting To Fight Opioid Abuse
Thursday, February 21, 2019
WBEZ Chicago Public Radio

It's time to modernize the assessor's office
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Crain's Chicago Business

Body found in vehicle at Cook County Forest Preserve near Hoffman Estates
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Daily Herald

Local legislators tout efforts to help those facing mental health issues
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Pioneer Press

It's time to modernize the assessor's office
Monday, February 18, 2019
Crain's Chicago Business

EDITORIAL: We could have taken Gary Martin’s gun away
Monday, February 18, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Hours before Aurora mass shooting, former mayors met in Chicago to discuss strategies to reduce gun violence
Friday, February 15, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Illinois Supreme Court sets civil, criminal fee schedule
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Seniors: Are your Cook County property taxes delinquent? Your home could be at risk
Thursday, February 14, 2019
WLS Abc 7 Chicago

Editorial: Look out, taxpayers: When governments have more pensioners than employees
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Hundreds of accused criminals on electronic monitoring are missing
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
ABC Channel 7

Glenview adopts Cook County minimum wage and sick leave ordinances, effective July 1
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Lawsuit over property tax assessments survives challenge
Monday, February 11, 2019
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

EXPERIENCE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF THE FOREST PRESERVES THROUGHOUT WINTER
Thursday, February 07, 2019
Special to suffredin.org

Cook County Jail detainee dies at Stroger Hospital
Thursday, February 07, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office Says Its Gang Database Is on Lockdown, but Questions Remain
Thursday, February 07, 2019
Pro Publica

Charges dismissed against man accused of threatening judge
Thursday, February 07, 2019
Daily Herald

Double Down: Twin Brothers Rehabbing Chicago
Wednesday, February 06, 2019
Chicago Defender

all news items

Paid for by Larry Suffredin and not at taxpayer expense. A Haymarket Production.
^ TOP