Welcome to STAR, the Performance Management Initiative for Cook County

At Cook County, we are setting targets to achieve results. STAR is a partnership of the Board of Commissioners, County Agencies, employees, union representatives, and residents. All offices and agencies of the County report progress toward stated goals, and work together to improve performance. We report to you every three months to tell you how well Cook County is doing, to point out where we have room for improvement, and to invite you to share your ideas on how to run your county better. We are committed to achieving our four tenets:

  • Fiscal Responsibility: Ensure County taxes are as low as possible and that taxpayer dollars are used effectively.
  • Innovative Leadership: Create a culture of exemplary leadership, professionalism and collaboration in County government, which makes it possible to deliver high-quality services to residents.
  • Transparency and Accountability: Provide transparent and accountable public information to residents to strengthen public trust and ensure a more effective government.
  • Improved Services: Provide high quality, reliable frontline services to the public.

We invite you to read through and respond with your ideas by reading through our reports and submitting your ideas through the Cook County Good Ideas site.