Suffredin- Changing County Government  
 

Accountability
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.

   
  The first blood bank in the world was established at Cook County Hospital by Dr. Bernard Fantus in 1937.
   
     
     
     



Old County Hospital wins a new reprieve

Friday, January 23, 2004
Chicago Tribune
by Mickey Ciokajlo

After a sometimes raucous 90-minute debate Thursday, Cook County commissioners again put off a decision on whether to demolish the old Cook County Hospital. A committee hearing was set for Feb. 4, at which developers will present renovation proposals for the 90-year-old building, and they will be expected to provide details for funding the project. County Board President John Stroger wants the old West Side building torn down and has been seeking a vote on demolition bids. In December, Stroger agreed to a month delay and Thursday, when he did not have the votes to go forward with demolition, Stroger went along with another postponement. Larry Suffredin, a veteran lobbyist and first-term Democratic commissioner from Evanston, is leading the charge on the board against demolition. Suffredin is also instrumental in the budget standoff between Stroger and the board, and increasingly Thursday it appeared that he and Stroger were in a larger showdown for control of the 17-member body. Joseph Antunovich, an architect working with one of the developers, said he would be prepared to make a presentation at the hearing. David Bahlman, president of the Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois, which has worked with Antunovich and the other developers, said Antunovich's plan would call for a private developer to renovate the building and then lease it back to the county for use as medical office space. In pushing his argument for demolition, Stroger acknowledged Thursday that the county has a need for medical office space. The new hospital, which opened last year next door and is named for Stroger, lacks offices for doctors. Stroger also said that the adjacent Rush University Medical Center has been looking for room to expand. Preservationists said the argument for the need for office space plays into their hands because that is what the Antunovich plan would provide. Suffredin and Commissioner Mike Quigley said developers have been discouraged to submit redevelopment proposals, an assertion Stroger and his staff denied. Developers now must demonstrate that preserving the old hospital makes financial sense. "We're still alive in this process," Suffredin said. "Now we're going to have to spend some time on the finances. That's what we're going to have to work on."


Recent Headlines

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

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

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

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

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

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

An unwelcome surprise from the Cook County health system
Monday, July 14, 2014
Chicago Tribune

New Cook County Health CEO must find millions in savings - stat
Monday, July 14, 2014
Crain's Chicago Business

Fitch cuts rating on Cook County
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Reuters

Man trapped in Cook County Jail 30-plus hours files court papers
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Chicago Tribune

Man trapped in Cook County Jail visiting room for 31 hours
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Chicago Tribune

Orr, Suffredin To Explain Expanded Voting Rules At Town Hall
Wednesday, July 09, 2014

County land bank sweeping up the debris of the housing crisis
Monday, July 07, 2014
Crain's Chicago Business

Exoneree Diaries: Jacques mentors in Cook County juvenile detention
Monday, July 07, 2014
WBEZ Chicago Public Radio

No way to paper over Circuit Court Clerk's record keeping: critics
Friday, July 04, 2014
Chicago Sun-Times

Meeting on changes in election law
Thursday, July 03, 2014
Evanston Now

Winnetka receives $2M grant, authorizes stormwater project bidding
Thursday, July 03, 2014
Pioneer Press

Winnetka receives grant for flood control work
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Chicago Tribune

all news items

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