Board of Commissioners
Toni Preckwinkle, President of the County Board:
The President is the chief executive officer of Cook County. This individual serves a four-year term as elected by the voters of the county as a whole. In her role as president, she presides over County Board meetings, directly administers and supervises various departments, and executes in writing all instruments necessary for the sale or transfer of county property.
Board of Commissioners:
The Cook County Board of Commissioners is the governing policy board and legislative body of the county. It is comprised of 17 Commissioners, each serving a four-year term as elected by single member districts. Each district represents approximately 300,000 residents.
The Cook County Board has the authority to legislate through the passage of ordinances and resolutions. Such policies regulate county responsibilities, which include: the approval of certain county purchases, appropriation and adoption of the entire Cook County budget, levying of taxes, and oversight of the Cook County Forest Preserve and Cook County Health and Hospitals System.
The Board of Commissioners conducts its business at regularly held bi-monthly Board meetings, as well as through its standing legislative committees and subcommittees.
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