Suffredin- For a Better Cook County  
 

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

 

   
 
   
   
 
   
     
  Office phone numbers:  
   
 
 

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

   
 

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

   
  The Chicago Board of Trade and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange trade 60% of the world futures contracts.
   
     
     
     



Board has right to replace Stroger

Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Daily Southtown
by Jonathan Lipman

The Cook County Board could, if it mustered the political will, force ailing President John Stroger from office for "inability to act," according to a 19-page legal opinion issued Monday by the board's attorney.
Board attorneys and members have said previously they could do nothing unless Stroger, who has not been seen publicly since his stroke March 14, stepped aside.
"For me, the crux of this is the board does have the power," said Commissioner Mike Quigley (D-Chicago), who requested the opinion. "But the majority of the board does not want to (act)."
There are two proposals regarding Stroger's absence on the agenda for today's meeting, and a third proposal might be added as a new item.
Commissioners might take no action today, instead letting Stroger's family announce their intentions in July, as promised. But commissioners say anything is possible given the amount of political maneuvering in the past few weeks.
"So much information has been swirling around ... you don't know how things are going to shake out," said Commissioner Bobbie Steele (D-Chicago).
Steele held a campaign-style rally last week, but said Monday she has no interest in "taking Stroger's job away from him."
The board meets July 12 and then goes on break until September.
"Since we've waited until almost July, 10 more days is not going to hurt us," Steele said. "I hope the family will deliver a decision by then."
A proposal by Commissioner Larry Suffredin (D-Evanston) creates an "interim president" position. Stroger could hand off power temporarily, keep his pay and benefits, and get power back when he's healed.
Suffredin said he'll defer his proposal unless he has the votes to pass it.
Although his proposal was soundly rejected when the board met two week ago, Commissioner Anthony Peraica (R-Riverside) said he will re-introduce a plan that calls for a hearing with witnesses testifying under subpoena about Stroger's condition.
Peraica argued it was necessary because Stroger's staff and family spokesmen have been insisting the president is recovering and remains in charge of the county, while the Daily Southtown and other media have reported he remains weak.
Commissioners said at the last meeting the board didn't have the authority to hold any investigative hearing.
But the new opinion, written by Patrick Driscoll and Elizabeth Reidy, the top two lawyers of the state's attorney's civil actions bureau, says the board can do a lot under the home rule powers granted by the state.
The board can declare the office of the president vacant if the president dies, resigns, is removed from office for legal reasons, or "other inability to act."
There's little legal precedent for deciding what "inability to act" means, the opinion says.
Absent a ruling from a judge, "the board, sitting as a whole, may determine whether the facts occasioning a vacancy exist, even where those facts are disputed," the opinion says. "The board must afford the president reasonable notice ... (and) an opportunity to object."
In a footnote, the lawyers say the board could issue subpoenas for evidence and to compel witnesses, such as Stroger's family or doctors, to testify before the board.
The board could also take Stroger to court, as the commissioners are the only ones with legal standing to challenge his right to hold office, the opinion says.
"It would be big-time, major litigation that could drag until it doesn't matter," Quigley said. "I can't tell you how the board is going to react to this."
Commissioner Earlean Collins may also add a third proposal to the mix, one that would expand the powers of the existing president pro tem, Commissioner Mario Moreno (D-Chicago).
Moreno's only role now is to run the meetings in Stroger's absence, but Collins measure would let him take over all the executive functions of the office, such setting the budget and negotiating with unions.
Budget figures released Monday show the county's revenues are now $38 million behind budget projections, up from $16 million behind two months ago.


Recent Headlines

COVID crisis makes 28 percent of Cook households vulnerable to housing loss
Thursday, May 21, 2020
Crain's Chicago Business

Residents say they are being kept in the dark about COVID-19 as nearly 90 deaths are recorded at low-income housing in Chicago. ‘This is dangerous.'
Thursday, May 21, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Coronavirus In Illinois: State Surpasses 100K Confirmed COVID-19 Cases
Thursday, May 21, 2020
WBEZ News

Cook County passes COVID property-tax relief
Thursday, May 21, 2020
Crain's Chicago Business

Cook County Board passes Sept. 30 disaster proclamation extension, property tax late fee waiver
Thursday, May 21, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Coronavirus live blog, May 20, 2020: Coming soon: Outdoor dining, drinking, tennis, golf, state parks – but Pritzker warns ‘We are by no means out of the woods’
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Forest Preserves promotes 'Memorial Day at Home'
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Daily Herald

State of play: Forest Preserve Golf puts safety first
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Cook County Forest Preserve Foundation

Latest coronavirus news for May 19, 2020: Live updates
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

COVID-19 death toll in Cook County surpasses 3,000
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Man recently released from Cook County Jail back behind bars for 2019 murder
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Niles home to most COVID-19 deaths among Cook County suburbs, majority reported in nursing homes, data shows
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Judge Tosses Suit Challenging DCFS Ban on Supervised In-Person Visits During Pandemic
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
WTTW News

The Chicago region and flooding: We sink or swim together
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County Considers Property Tax Payment Extension To Oct. 1
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Journal and Topics Online

Online privacy breach adds to the worries of unemployed gig workers
Monday, May 18, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Closing streets for outdoor dining with safe social distancing? Sounds like a plan
Monday, May 18, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Data breach in new Illinois online unemployment system exposes private information
Monday, May 18, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Closing streets for outdoor dining with safe social distancing? Sounds like a plan
Monday, May 18, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Prognosis for COVID-19’s hit on Cook County finances plagued by ‘unknown unknowns’
Sunday, May 17, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

all news items

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