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AN ORDINANCE DEALING WITH TEMPORARY ABSENCE IN THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

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Date Introduced: 6/20/2006
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Sponsors:
Goslin, Suffredin
Co-Sponsors:
Gorman, Murphy, Silvestri

Summary:

An ordinance to establish the option for the President of the Board to voluntarily step down from his duties and responsiblities. It also would allow the Board to select and Acting President to serve until the President is again able.


Full Text of Legislation:

WHEREAS, the County of Cook is a home rule unit of government pursuant to the 1970 Illinois Constitution, Article VII, Section 6(a); and

WHEREAS, pursuant to its home rule power, the County of Cook may exercise any power and perform any function relating to its government and affairs protecting health, safety and welfare; and

WHEREAS, the 25th Amendment to the United States Constitution creates a process to address a temporary, voluntary absence of the President of the United States; and

WHEREAS, Cook County, in order to properly manage its government and affairs, needs to address a temporary, voluntary absence of the office of the President of the Cook County Board; and

WHEREAS, to protect the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Cook County and in order to ensure that the government of Cook County has an Acting Executive with the duties and powers of the President if the elected President declares that he/she is temporarily unable to discharge the powers and duties of the office;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COOK COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS, THAT:

Whenever the President transmits to the Board of Commissioners a written declaration that he/she is unable to discharge the powers and duties of the office due to health or other reasons; then the Board shall select and appoint one of their number to serve as Acting President until the President transmits a written declaration to the Board of Commissioners that he/she is able to discharge the powers and duties of the office of the President. The Acting President shall have all of the responsibilities, powers and duties of the office of the President while serving as Acting President. The President shall continue to receive the pay and benefits of the Office of the President during any such temporary absence.

Approved and adopted this __ day of June, 2006.


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