Suffredin- An Advocate for All of Us  

Forest Preserves
Public Safety
Cook County Budget
Forest Pres. Budget
Property Tax Appeal
Health & Hospitals
Land Bank Authority
Policy Resolutions


  Office phone numbers:  

Search current and proposed Cook County Legislation in Larry's exclusive legislative library.


The Cook County Code of Ordinances are the current laws of Cook County.

  Cook County is the second most populous county in the nation. It is the 19th largest government in the U.S.

Rally pushes Steele for interim post

Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Chicago Sun-Times


It looked and sounded like a kickoff for Cook County Board member Bobbie Steele's campaign to be named interim board president while John Stroger recovers from a stroke.

Three dozen supporters, some from state Sen. Rickey Hendon's organization, cheered at a rally for Steele at the County Board. Steele said she did not organize it -- women from the community did.

Hendon emceed, warning black voters not to divide their support between South Side Ald. William Beavers (7th) and West Sider Steele. Geography and gender should not keep her from the position she deserves, Hendon said.

Referring to the split in the black community between Aldermen Tim Evans and Eugene Sawyer that helped elect Mayor Daley in 1989, Hendon said a split would be "counterproductive" and "appalling."

'They don't tell us anything'

Stroger has not spoken to Steele since his stroke three months ago. Neither has he called Board President Pro Tem Mario Moreno or Finance Chairman John Daley. They rely on word from Beavers; Stroger's son, Ald. Todd Stroger (8th), or Chief of Staff James Whigham.

"I'm not criticizing Mr. Whigham's style or whatever, but there's no flow of information from the office to us," Steele said after the rally. "We're just kind of like in a holding pattern. I'm vice chairman of finance and they don't tell us anything."

No one could or would say whether Stroger was released from the hospital Monday. Beavers said Todd Stroger told him his father was doing well but Beavers did not ask if Stroger had been released.

The Sun-Times reported last week that support was building for Steele to take over temporarily.

On Monday, she told supporters, "President Stroger should use all of his energy to focus on his recovery ... and not have to worry about the business of county government."

Moreno, Daley and Beavers criticized Steele and Hendon, saying they should wait for Stroger's family to announce whether he will retire.

"The family has said they'll make a decision in July -- why can't they wait?" Beavers said. All three men said Steele does not have the votes to create an interim president post.

Hendon said a split would elect John Daley as president. Daley said he would not comment on whether he was interested in the post before the Stroger family's announcement.

Of the 80 Democratic committeemen who would choose a replacement for Stroger if he decides not to run, none appeared with Steele Monday. Beavers is a committeeman and lives in Stroger's district. Stroger's son Todd also has expressed interest in the job.

One commissioner pleased with Monday's rally was Tony Peraica -- the GOP candidate for County Board president. He said he may vote for Steele for interim president and he is glad she supports a procedure to name an interim president.

The plan Steele and Commissioner Larry Suffredin are crafting would be softer than Peraica's, allowing Stroger to return if his condition improves, Suffredin said.

Beavers said he knows Stroger is getting better because on Thursday, "he wanted a friend of mine to bring him some fish to eat. A person ordering these kinds of things, that means his mind is competent and he knows what he wants to eat," Beavers said.

Recent Headlines

Records falsified in Metra work logs
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Chicago Tribune

How we shaft the mentally ill
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Chicago Tribune

County Board Of Review To Digitize, Streamline Property Tax Appeals System
Monday, July 28, 2014
Journal Online

Three DUI arrests, revoked license still on sheriff's payroll
Monday, July 28, 2014
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County approves road projects for upcoming years
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Northwest Indiana Times

Palatine, County Forest Preserve To Partner Up
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Palatine Journal Online

Man dies following beating at Cook County Jail
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Chicago Tribune

Cook County Health Board selects new leaders
Friday, July 25, 2014
Crain's Chicago Business

The PrivateBank pledges $10 million to the Cook County Land Bank
Friday, July 25, 2014
Chicago Tribune

Cook County Commissioners switch votes, rehire erstwhile contractor
Friday, July 25, 2014
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County Board adds two questions to packed fall ballot
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Chicago Tribune

Cook County to cut buildings' carbon emissions
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Fox 32 Chicago

Cook County Board sends assault weapons referendum to the ballot
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County mulls fund-of-funds investment, other changes
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Pensions & Investments

Forest Preserves of Cook County to get expertise, guidance from new Policy Council
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Special to

Preserves and parks offering memorial trees and benches for a price
Monday, July 21, 2014
Chicago Tribune

Community leaders, sheriff aim to help mentally ill inmates
Monday, July 21, 2014
FOX 32 Chicago

TIF Revenue Down 2 Percent in Suburban Cook Co.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Palatine Patch

Recorder of Deeds staffers accused of political motive in firing
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County sheriff's department will focus on catching people wanted on arrest warrants
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Chicago Sun-Times

all news items

Paid for by Larry Suffredin and not at taxpayer expense. A Haymarket Production.