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Lost millions hiding in unincorporated Cook County

If counted by itself, it would be the sixth-largest city in Illinois, just a few thousand people behind Naperville and Joliet, and only a third smaller than Aurora or Rockford. Yet it has no town hall and collects no tax itself, though its residents consume local government services.

It—or, perhaps more properly they—are the estimated 126,000-plus Cook County residents who, according to a fascinating report released by the Civic Federation, live in a sort of time warp. They’re taxpaying residents of Cook County but enjoy the frontier status of not being incorporated into any town like the 5.1 million other people who live in the county…Please click here to read Greg Hinz’s story in Crain’s Chicago Business. A related story can be found here.

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