Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is so desperate for funding that she’s considering selling naming rights to county facilities.
Cash-strapped Cook County government and its more financially sound Forest Preserve District partner are looking to bring in corporate money by selling naming rights, sponsorships and concessions.
Preckwinkle spokeswoman Liane Jackson suggested a law firm might pay to put its name on the Daley Center law library or a shoe company might pay to sponsor a forest preserve bicycle path. A landscaping company might want to advertise on the envelope flap of a county mailing, or a car shop might want to put a sign up at one of many county garages, she said.
Here are some of Ward Room’s suggestions for corporate sponsorships.
-- The Great Escape Cook County Jail
-- The Smuckers All-Natural Forest Preserve
-- The Jake and Elwood Blues Cook County Assessor’s Office
-- The Metropolitan Dasani Bottled Water Reclamation District
-- The 1-800-NOT GUILTY Public Defender’s Office
-- The Cook County Sheriff’s Department, brought to you by Arrest-A-Pest Exterminating
-- The Cook County Criminal Courts Building, sponsored by Law & Order: Criminal Intent
Now, let’s hear yours.