The Cook County Board has the authority to set policy, and pass ordinances & resolutions related to the responsibilities of county government including approving certain county purchases, levying taxes and adopting the annual budget for the entire county government, including the budgets of the other independently elected county officials. For the unincorporated areas of the county the County Board also passes and enforces all regulatory ordinances on issues such as public health & safety and building & zoning.
The Board of Commissioners conducts its business at regularly held bi-monthly Board meetings as well as through its standing legislative committees and subcommittee.
All records on final actions of the Cook County Board are housed with the Clerk of the Board. All records of items referred by the Board to its legislative committees or subcommittees are held by the Secretary to the Board. Any notice or report of a Committee’s action to be considered or taken on items in committee is prepared by the Secretary to the Board’s Office.
County Board Proceedings
The Clerk of the Board records the activity of the Cook County Board of Commissioners by preparing bi-weekly agendas and post-meeting reports and maintaining county board records. Click here to visit Cook County Clerk Website
Proceedings of the Committees and Subcommittees
The Secretary of the Board records the activity of all County Board legislative Committees and Subcommittees. Any notice or report of a committee’s actions to be considered or taken on items in committee is prepared by the Secretary’s office. Click here to view Proceeding of the Committees and Subcommittees on the Secretary of the Board’s website
County Code of Ordinances
The Cook County Code of Ordinances is available online. The Code constitutes codification of the general and permanent ordinances of Cook County, Illinois. Click here to visit Cook County Code of Ordinances Website at municode.com
County Legislative Reference
Legislative Reference Services provides this online database of legislation introduced into the Cook County Board of Commissioners and the Forest Preserve District of Cook County Board of Commissioners. This searchable database includes both pending legislation and post-action legislation. Click here to visit the Legislative Reference Online Database
Forest Preserve District of Cook County
The Cook County Board of Commissioners also serve as the Forest Preserve District Board of Commissioners. The proceedings of this separate government entity are maintained on the Forest Preserve District website. Click here to visit the Board Agendas section of the Forest Preserve District.