Suffredin- An Advocate for All of Us  
 

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



County Board Holds Up Hospital Demolition

Friday, January 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
by Abdon M. Pallasch

The old Cook County Hospital won yet another stay of execution Thursday as opposition-bloc members of the County Board claimed the votes to defeat board President John Stroger's proposed contract to demolish the building.

Board member Mike Quigley said the reason only three developers have submitted proposals so far to rehab the 89-year-old structure is that county officials quietly warned other developers not to bid on the building.

"You don't want to do this," unnamed county officials told the developers, warning them their other projects around town could be jeopardized, Quigley said.

Commissioner Larry Suffredin said one developer called the county to offer a proposal and was told, "Give it to somebody who's interested -- my job is to demolish the building."

"Nobody said that," Mike Lamont, director of capital planning, said. He, Stroger, County Board Finance Chairman John Daley and other county officials said they have not warned developers away.

The point, Stroger and other county officials who want the building demolished keep saying, is that any developer who wants to rehab the old building better be ready to pay for it all because the county is not willing to subsidize it.

Explaining his determination to raze the building, Stroger has alternately said that he wants to preserve open space at the site and that he wants to keep land available in case of hospital expansion.

"I talked with the president of Rush-Presbyterian [hospital] and they're land-locked over there," Stroger said. "They need to expand. We haven't been discussing this openly but we're going to have to expand. Rush was trying to get some of our land -- what little we still have."

That prompted Commissioner Carl Hansen to say, "It bothers me we keep expressing concern about Rush -- is there some secret deal going on with Rush that we don't know about?"

Stroger denied any secret deals.

Commissioner Jerry Butler, a Stroger loyalist, told Stroger it might be best to let the preservationist commissioners go forward until they convince themselves the old building is unusable.

"Sometimes, Mr. President, you have to let people do what they want to do so they can find out the fallacies of their thinking," Butler said. "If I had my way, I'd tear that building down. I'd get a bulldozer and at 11:30 at night, I'd use it."

Butler and Lamont said preservationists were exaggerating the costs of tearing down the front section of the old hospital -- it would cost only $2.8 million, not $30 million, they said.

Suffredin said Stroger was exaggerating the cost of keeping the old hospital standing. Stroger said it costs $500,000 a month to send water, heat and electricity to the building. Suffredin suspects it's closer to $50,000 a month. He suggests the county shut off the lights, gas, and water to save money.



Recent Headlines

Illinois exchange on 3 additional insurers' radar for 2015
Friday, August 22, 2014
Chicago Tribune

Cook County Health eyes new call center, more nurses to better compete for patients
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Crain's Chicago Business

Obamacare money boost helps Cook County hospitals budget next year
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Chicago Tribune

Cook County Health puts brakes on plan to sell HMO on Obamacare exchange
Friday, August 15, 2014
Crain's Chicago Business

City home values only glimmer in bleak Cook property value report
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Chicago Sun-Times

Trends in Estimated Full Value of Real Estate in Cook County
Thursday, August 14, 2014
The Civic Federation

Forest Preserves of Cook County Offers Wilderness Camping Opportunities for Families
Monday, August 11, 2014
Special to suffredin.org

Court: Bears owe Cook County $4.1 million in ticket taxes
Thursday, August 07, 2014
Crain's Chicago Business

3-week closures announced for Crawford repaving
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Skokie Review

Appeals court rules against Preckwinkle tax on business
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Chicago Tribune

Panel: Cook Co. use tax violates state law
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

County awards $680K to groups working to curb recidivism
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Inmates signing up for Obamacare: Dart
Monday, August 04, 2014
Chicago Tribune

Property tax bills rise at Cook County's biggest buildings
Monday, August 04, 2014
Crain's Chicago Business

9,000 Cook County Jail Inmates Enroll in Obamacare Amid Mental Health Crisis
Monday, August 04, 2014
5 NBC Chicago

'Transit deserts' don't serve workers, study says
Sunday, August 03, 2014
Chicago Tribune

Berrios relatives risk injury for right to crowd county payroll
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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

all news items

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