Suffredin- Changing County Government  

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 has the largest unified trial court system in the world, disposing over 6 million cases in 1990 alone.

Peraica votes to confirm Zurccarelli to Employee Appeals Board

Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Chicago Sun-Times
by Mark J. Konkol

Republican Cook County Commissioner Tony Peraica cast the unlikely deciding vote to put a South Suburban Democratic powerbroker on an obscure county appeals board Wednesday.

Peraica — arguably county President Todd Stroger’s biggest Republican foe — voted to confirm Stroger’s appointment of Thornton Township Supervisor Frank Zuccarelli to the Employee Appeals Board. Without Peraica’s support, which left several commissioners scratching their heads, Zuccarelli’s appointment to the part-time board that settles disputes for non-union employees would have failed.

Zuccarelli, who also is the Thornton Township Democratic committeeman, said he planned to resign his $88,000-a-year job in the Recorder of Deeds office.

As Thornton Township supervisor, he is paid an additional $56,000-a-year with a $1,100-a-month expense account and $837-a-month car allowance.

He will serve on the appeals board with Rita Rezko, whose husband, Tony Rezko, awaits sentencing on federal corruption charges. Lobbyist William Filan and two others are on the board, which meets once a month. Board members receive a $38,000 salary and benefits.

Peraica defended his vote, saying he checked out Zuccarelli’s qualifications and plans to keep a close eye on the board’s effectiveness. Still, the irony that he sided with Stroger was not lost on him.

“There’s lots of irony in county government, absolutely. If I was the president of the county board would I have appointed Frank Zuccarelli? … No, I wouldn’t have,” Peraica said. “But he was appointed. I checked him out. His willingness to resign the position he holds currently in exchange for a position that pays one-third of what he was making before I think is a wise move for the taxpayers.”

Zuccarelli said he decided to take the board position to spend more time working in Thornton Township and to pursue a master’s degree at Governors State University.

Some commissioners questioned whether Zuccarelli could be objective on a board when people he has recommended for county jobs could appear before him.

Zuccarelli said he has recommended people for county jobs, but none of them have ever been hired. When asked about Peraica being the deciding vote on his appointment, Zuccarelli laughed.

“I think Tony tries to do a good job. There’s some difficulty with the way he approaches things. But I did have the opportunity to speak with him. I tried to reach out to all the commissioners,” Zuccarelli said. “I am concerned with those who didn’t [support me] but I think in time they will recognize they had nothing to worry about. I certainly wouldn’t do anything to make any of them ashamed.”

Recent Headlines

Berrios relatives risk injury for right to crowd county payroll
Tuesday, July 29, 2104
Chicago Sun-Times

Forest Preserve HQ plans expansion in River Forest
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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

all news items

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