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.

   
  The Cook County Law Library is the second largest County law library in the nation.
   
     
     
     



Cook County Health narrows CEO field to 12, plans to open another building at jail for COVID-19 response
Five of the 12 have already been interviewed, M. Hill Hammock, Chair of Cook County Health’s Board of Directors, said Friday.

Friday, May 29, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times
by Rachel HInton

The pool of potential candidates to lead Cook County’s health apparatus has been winnowed from 150 to 12, a handful have already been interviewed, and the window to apply for the position will soon close.

“We’re impressed with the quality of the candidates their capability, their experience and are about to interview additional candidates as well so we’re on track to reach our original goal of six months to find the new CEO,” M. Hill Hammock, Chair of Cook County Health’s Board of Directors said.

Hammock gave his update on the search for a new head of the county’s $2.8 billion health operation at a Friday meeting of the full board.

Five of the 12 candidates have already been interviewed, Hammock said.

“We’re moving along briskly, and we have additional interviews scheduled and things seem to be going well there, and the board as a whole is participating actively in those interviews and those evaluations,” Hammock said.

New, potential candidates will no longer be accepted for the position in “the next week or two,” Hammock said.

Last month, Hammock said the search for a permanent CEO for the Cook County Health system was operating “on full tilt.”

The search firm tasked with finding a new leader, Heidrick and Struggles, reached out to “over 180 different sources and lists and contacts to identify potential candidates,” he said last month.

The search for a new CEO began when the board of directors decided not to renew the contract of former CEO Dr. John Jay Shannon in November, ousting him from the role and slotting Debra Carey, then the deputy CEO of the health system, as Interim CEO beginning Jan. 1, during the search for a permanent replacement.

That was the first shakeup in the upper ranks of the county’s health arm, which also saw the chief financial officer and the head of the county’s Department of Public Health ousted in recent months.

The county’s health system oversees Stroger and Provident hospitals as well as health care at Cook County Jail and other county sites. The health system also conducts a managed-care program called CountyCare.

At the Friday meeting, Carey gave an update on how the health system is handling the coronavirus.

From March 19 to May 19, the hospital has used 510,258 masks or 8,648 masks per day. There have also been 128,172 gowns used in that time frame, or 2,172 gowns per day.

The health system has used 35,120 shoe covers, which breaks down to 595 covers per day, and 46,675 hair coverings — or 791 caps over that two-month period.

At the Cook County Jail, the number detainees has risen from 4,124 in April to 4,260 in May — the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center also saw an increase, going from 170 in April to 199 this month.

The number of new detainees testing positive for the virus has decreased, dropping from 97% in March to 5% in May. Those who enter the jail are isolated and, of 34 recent detainees, 30 were found to be positive for the coronavirus during the intake process.

Additional buildings and barracks at the jail have been opened to accommodate intake housing, Carey said. Before the pandemic nine buildings were open, now, that number is 13 and next week a 14th will open.

“So what that means is, is that we are able to isolate, quarantine and provide the appropriate social distancing for the detainees,” Carey said. “And we also expect that this will continue for the foreseeable future.”



Recent Headlines

Cannabis, gambling taxes to boost county amid long-term budget woes
Thursday, July 02, 2020
The Daily Line

Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here’s what’s happening Thursday with COVID-19 in the Chicago area
Thursday, July 02, 2020
Chicago Tribune

'Going To Do The Best We Can': Cook County Adjusts Outreach Strategy For US Census Due To COVID-19
Thursday, July 02, 2020
WBBM Radio

Why local school districts are lining up against Fritz Kaegi
Thursday, July 02, 2020
Crain's Chicago Business

How COVID-19 threatens health care in Cook County
Thursday, July 02, 2020
Crain's Chicago Business

Cook County’s new website shows nearly half of census funds spent on advertising, marketing
Wednesday, July 01, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Forest Preserves of Cook County opens more in Phase 4
Wednesday, July 01, 2020
Daily Herald

Dart, other county sheriffs demand state prisons start accepting inmates again
Wednesday, July 01, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

A COVID-19 surge in your county? New Illinois website offers ways to check.
Wednesday, July 01, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Chicago, Cook County, Illinois raise minimum wage Wednesday
Wednesday, July 01, 2020
The Daily Line

Illinois ends June with about half the daily COVID-19 deaths and new cases as in peak month of May
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Kim Foxx confirms office will err on side of dismissing cases related to protests, curfew
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Kim Foxx plans to drop charges against those violating curfew, Fox 32 news reports
Monday, June 29, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Illinois minimum wage increases take effect July 1
Monday, June 29, 2020
ABC 7 Eyewitness News

Home property taxes still rising despite bigger hike on business
Monday, June 29, 2020
Crain's Chicago Business

Illinois announces 15 additional coronavirus deaths, lowest one-day total since March
Sunday, June 28, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Former county health chief: Racism common factor in deaths in ’95 Chicago heat wave, COVID-19
Sunday, June 28, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

‘And She Could Be Next’ profiles grassroots political heroines of the moment
Sunday, June 28, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Amazon to open two new fulfillment centers in south suburbs
Saturday, June 27, 2020
Chicago Crusader

Cook County courts reopening July 6
Friday, June 26, 2020
Crain's Chicago Business

all news items

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