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
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 Hospital fills more outpatient prescriptions every day than are filled at 26 Walgreen's drug store combined.
   
     
     
     



Cook County Board should make cuts, not raise taxes

Friday, October 14, 2005
Daily Southtown
by Frances Street

In response to the Oct. 6 article by Jonathan Lipman ("Stroger says new taxes 'on the table'):

With the anticipated escalation of home heating costs this winter — estimates range from between 50 percent to 70 percent more than last winter — and the current increase of gasoline prices affecting the prices of all delivered goods, not to mention the economic impact that Hurricanes Katrina and Rita have had, the last thing we need is a tax increase by any governing body to cover its fiscal mismanagement.

Even with my husband's 3 percent annual pay increase, which is anticipated but not guaranteed, we will need to make adjustments in our spending to cover these increases, while still providing the necessities for our family and keeping our budget healthy. Many families will also face these problems.

Cook County officials may need "new revenue," but their job, if they choose to actually do it, should be to spend the current revenue wisely and responsibly. Mr. Stroger, cuts can always be made if you look hard enough. You might consider a cut in the salaries of overpaid county officials and department heads, and work down from there. They say "it" runs downhill, so let's start at the top and go from there.

Mr. Stroger, you may "enjoy being president" of the county board, but you were not elected to enjoy yourself. You were elected to do the right thing by your constituents in Cook County. You were elected to make hard choices, not friends.

You may not be willing to sell your soul to be president, but apparently you have no qualms about pillaging the pockets of the families in Cook County to cover your fiscal mismanagement.

Raising taxes is always the easy way out of any governmental money problems. Mr. Stroger, last year you raised the taxes on cigarette purchases in the county. Have you already squandered the millions you received from that tax hike?

If you and the county board members are unwilling to make the necessary cuts to balance our county budget, perhaps the voters will make the necessary cuts come election time.

Frances Street is a Midlothian resident.



Recent Headlines

System News
Friday, May 17, 2019
Special to suffredin.org

Cook County Health Recognizes Mental Health Awareness Month
Thursday, May 16, 2019
Daily Herald

Skokie plans for road improvements near Edens Expressway: 'It’s desperately needed'
Thursday, May 16, 2019
Skokie Review

5 Chicago hospitals earn D grades for patient safety in new report, Northwestern slips to a B
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: Backward Glances
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Cook County Eliminated Its Gang Database, But Advocates Say Harm Continues
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
WBEZ News

New Cook County Housing Authority Proposal Targets the 'Missing Middle'
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Evanston RoundTable

Census Citizenship Question Could Hurt Citizens, Noncitizens Alike
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
WBEZ Chicago Public Radio

News from Friends of the Forest Preserves
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Special to suffredin.org

Cook County commissioners get earful about soon-to-be-destroyed gang database
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Detainee dies days after suicide attempt at Cook County jail
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Curious City How Chicago Women Created The World’s First Juvenile Justice System
Monday, May 13, 2019
WBEZ Chicago Public Radio

Cook County report: Sharp drop in jail population, but crime did not jump
Friday, May 10, 2019
Injustice Watch

Will Cook County be home to the next big measles outbreak? Researchers think so.
Friday, May 10, 2019
Chicago Tribune

May is Prime Time for Birding in the Forest Preserves of Cook County
Thursday, May 09, 2019
Special to suffredin.org

More Babies Are Illegally Abandoned Than Turned Over Through Illinois’ Safe Haven Law In Cook County
Thursday, May 09, 2019
CBS Chicago

Empty businesses may lose county tax incentives
Wednesday, May 08, 2019
Homewood-Flossmoor Chronicle

As new DCFS report highlights failures, Cook County guardian says 'inept' child welfare agency is ‘not doing its job ... at every level’
Tuesday, May 07, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Cook County passes bill to stop discrimination against tenant applicants
Tuesday, May 07, 2019
Chicago Crusader

Women Jail Guards Say Sheriff’s Department Tolerated Sexual Harassment By Cook County Inmates
Monday, May 06, 2019
WBEZ Chicago public Radio

all news items

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