Yesterday, the Cook County Board unanimously passed its budget. Inside the budget is a slew of fee and tax increases hat will effect virtually every resident of Cook County. One measure will especially hit people who have to go to court. If you park in a parking garage at any Cook County Courthouse you will be charged $4.75 a day to park your car. The measure exempts jurors and law enforcement personnel but sticks everyone else with this new fee. In reading the measure, it indicates that the fee will be charged at parking garages at the courthouse. This would cover Rolling Meadows, Skokie, 26th and California, and Juvenile Court at 1100 S. Hamilton, where an hourly parking fee is already charged. It seems as if the parking fee would not apply to the courthouses that do not have parking garages, such as Maywood, Bridgeview, Markham, 555 W. Harrison, and the branch courthouses such as Grand and Central, Belmont and Western, Harrison and Kedzie, 51st Street and 111th Street. It should take a little time to set up the process so we will keep an eye out on when this new revenue enhancement measure will be put into place and how this will happen.
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