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.
   
     
     
     



Cook County to start dividing up ‘much-needed’ $51 million in federal CARES Act funding to suburbs hardest hit by coronavirus pandemic

Wednesday, July 08, 2020
Chicago Tribune
by Alice Yin

Cook County suburbs will receive about $51 million in federal aid under a formula that officials say will prioritize areas with the direst financial and public health needs, board President Toni Preckwinkle announced Wednesday.

More than 100 cities, towns and villages will receive a slice of the money, which makes up 12% of the total $429 million coronavirus relief fund given to Cook County under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, Preckwinkle said at a news conference in west suburban Berwyn.

When announcing what she called “much-needed relief” to local governments, Preckwinkle stressed that racial equity surrounding the coronavirus response was paramount — a common theme during her messaging since the pandemic started. The county worked with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning to devise an “equitable funding formula” that considers a municipality’s immediate needs, median income and public health statistics, she said.

“As we know, COVID-19 is having a disproportionate impact on Black and brown communities,” Preckwinkle said. “This approach is designed to ensure these dollars are going to communities most impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.”

But the federal aid comes with the condition that local governments may only use it for direct COVID-19-related expenses, such as reimbursements for personal protective equipment or other costs incurred responding to the pandemic. Lost revenue from sales, amusement and other non-property taxes throughout the coronavirus outbreak cannot be offset by CARES Act funding.

For this fiscal year, a nearly $281 million budget gap is projected for Cook County, and that number could grow to a projected $410 million during the next fiscal year.Preckwinkle has said the county is working to close those shortfalls, although she’s also hoping Congress passes another round of coronavirus relief that would include money for local governments. The Democratic-led U.S. House has approved additional legislation, which it dubbed the HEROES Act, but the GOP-controlled U.S. Senate has not taken up the matter and is on recess until July 20.“We’re hopeful that the Senate will take up the HEROES Act or some variant that provides support to local units of government,” Preckwinkle said. “We anticipate that there’ll be some Senate action.”

Cook County Chief Financial Officer Ammar Rizki said that despite the lack of aid for revenue loss that municipalities “desperately need,” the formula for allocating the $51 million will ensure communities hardest hit by the pandemic get their fair share of the funding. The county will release its exact calculations in about a week, Rizki said.

“Even before the pandemic, we knew several communities in our southern and southwestern part of our county were economically challenged,” Rizki said. “And then the pandemic just made those challenges worse. This is why looking through an equity lens was such an important piece.”

Also at the briefing were Berwyn Mayor Robert Lovero, whose city is getting $788,000 from the CARES Act, and Cook County Commissioner Frank Aguilar, D-16th, whose district includes Berwyn.

“No one came to 2020 expecting a need to budget funds for a global pandemic,” Aguilar said. “No one could anticipate businesses shutting down, schools closing, parents being laid off and most of our vulnerable residents being forced to stay home. But it happens.”

Contact

Alice Yin works the overnight shift at the Tribune, responsible for covering whatever breaks. She is a Medill School of Journalism graduate and was a statehouse reporter for the Associated Press in Michigan before being hired last summer by the Sun-Times. Alice likes to explore new restaurants, go jogging and frequent bookshops.


Recent Headlines

Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here’s what’s happening Thursday with COVID-19 in the Chicago area
Thursday, August 06, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Daily Bulletin: How ‘Operation Legend’ is Changing Chicago Courts
Thursday, August 06, 2020
The Trace

Preckwinkle: 2020 on Pace to be Worst Year for Suicides in Black Community in a Decade
Wednesday, August 05, 2020
WTTW News

Illinois has $300 million to help renters, homeowners catch up on payments
Wednesday, August 05, 2020
Crain's Chicago Business

Kane, DuPage counties warn of increase in COVID-19 rates, caution they could reinstate restrictions
Wednesday, August 05, 2020
Chicago Tribune

‘We Have No Choice But to Do Better’: Cook County Pledges to Address Increase in Black Suicides
Wednesday, August 05, 2020
The Trace

Officials: Cook County’s Justice for Black Lives resolution could have implications for Southland
Wednesday, August 05, 2020
Daily Southtown

Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here’s what’s happening Tuesday with COVID-19 in the Chicago area
Tuesday, August 04, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Health department issues guidance for suburban Cook County, Illinois,
Tuesday, August 04, 2020
Special to suffredin.org

Illinois schools reopening updates: What suburban Chicago districts plan for fall
Tuesday, August 04, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Pritzker: COVID-19 Pandemic is Now Worse in Carbondale Than Chicago
Tuesday, August 04, 2020
WTTW News

County working on plan to reverse rise in Black suicides — ‘crisis that once again hits the African American community the hardest’
Tuesday, August 04, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Offices under Preckwinkle score mixed grades under self-published ‘performance dashboards’
Tuesday, August 04, 2020
The Daily Line

Federal push in Chicago begins to show up in new gun cases, some bypassing Cook County prosecutors
Tuesday, August 04, 2020
Chicago Tribune

With 2020 on pace to be the worst year in a decade for Black suicides, Cook County officials sound alarm on yet another ‘horrifying’ pandemic
Tuesday, August 04, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Visitors to Cook County Suburbs from COVID-19 Hot Spots to Quarantine for 2 Weeks
Monday, August 03, 2020
WTTW News

Board of Review Responds to Assessor’s Comment
Monday, August 03, 2020
Evanston RoundTable

Young activist dies after being shot in West Rogers Park. ‘We can honor him by continuing the call to end gun violence.'
Monday, August 03, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Hektoen COVID-19 Contact Tracing Initiative
Monday, August 03, 2020
Hektoen

Visitors to Cook County Suburbs from COVID-19 Hot Spots to Quarantine for 2 Weeks
Monday, August 03, 2020
WTTW News

all news items

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