Cook County Board President Preckwinkle was honored earlier this week with American City and County Magazine's 2012 Leader of the Year Award at the Annual Conference of the National Association of Counties July 13-17 in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Preckwinkle, a Chicago Democrat, said in a news release that she was "thrilled" for the "vote of confidence from my peers."
At the conference this year, Preckwinkle sponsored a resolution supporting charity care requirements for non-profit and tax-exempt health care facilities, including measurement of the amount of actual charity health care providers tender to those in need. The resolution reflects Preckwinkle's broader healthcare agenda, which supports charity care requirements in proportion to tax exemption, with the goal of decreasing the burden of uncompensated care atcounty hospitals.
Also at the conference, Preckwinkle urged the support of the "Marketplace Fairness Act," a bipartisan legislation in Congress aimed at leveling the playing field between local retailers that have a physical presence within a state, and online retailers.