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
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.

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



Preckwinkle, some commissioners say enough votes for amended budget

Friday, November 17, 2017
Chicago Sun-Times
by Rachel Hinton

Cook County commissioners and Board President Toni Preckwinkle have supplied a bipartisan patch to the $200 million hole in the budget.

And although, a vote isn’t schedule until Tuesday, many believe the amended budget – that includes 425 layoffs and an additional 762 vacancy eliminations – has enough support for it to pass. The six budgetary amendments range from adjusting current revenue projections to adjusting capital funding source for capital equipment purchases.

Most of the layoffs are middle management positions in the sheriff’s office and the chief judge’s office, although almost all offices will face reductions.

Commissioner Richard Boykin, D-Oak Park, said that he expects a unanimous vote in favor of the budget. He called the amended budget a “victory for taxpayers.”

“This has all of the ingredients of a workable approach to what could have been a crisis,” Boykin said. “It preserves our public health and safety sectors and rightsizes our government. I’m glad we could do it without raising taxes.”

After repealing the penny-an-ounce sweetened beverage tax last month, Preckwinkle left closing the budget gap to commissioners.

After weeks of department presentations, Preckwinkle presented her own fix — initially eliminating 746 vacancies and cutting $32 million by improving the county’s span of control among other things.

On Friday, she “applaud the commissioners for their collaboration on the amendment, as well as the separately elected officials, county staff and the public for their input, and look forward to passage of our budget Tuesday.”

Commissioner Larry Suffredin, D-Evanston, said he would expect more modifications to be made to the budget between now and Tuesday’s vote.

Though he called the amended budget a step in the right direction, Suffredin, who has voted “no” to two of the last three budgets, said that his focus would be on trying to make sure services provided by the sheriff’s office and the chief judge’s office could remain in tact.

“When you have a budget this big it’s a jigsaw puzzle, and with a $200 million hole it’s a difficult one,” Suffredin said. “We need to make sure it’s fully functional. If we take away mid-level supervisors it could cost us more down the road.”

Suffredin, who also voted no to repealing the beverage tax, said that the budget still needed to be refined and discussed before the Tuesday vote.

Commissioner Sean Morrison, R-Palos Park, said he was “glad” that Preckwinkle’s office stepped in to help reduce the budget.

“We were able to close this gap despite the refrain that we couldn’t do it,” Morrison said. “Through cuts and rightsizing, we’re making 2018 a new era for our government.”

That new era will include continued scrutiny to how the county spends its money.

Boykin and Morrison both said more could have been cut from the budget, especially from the county’s health system.

Morrison said branch courts and combining human resources and procurement offices were areas he and his colleagues may keep in mind going forward.

Boykin said taxpayers can expect ordinances to be introduced in December and January addressing the county’s litigation, overtime and procurement processes in an attempt to create “structural reforms.”

Boykin added that the amendments are a short-term fix and that, without continued contracting, it may lead to more budget fights in the future.

Morrison would agree.

“If we start instituting procedural changes, it will help us continue to decrease our operating costs,” Morrison said. “We rolled up our sleeves and said ‘enough was enough.’ We need to continue to do that, and continue looking for inefficiencies.”

 

 



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