Suffredin- For a Better Cook County  
 

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.
   
     
     
     



Tell it to the judge

Sunday, November 13, 2005
Chicago Tribune
Editorial

Back in September, Cook County commissioners met for the first time since the Tribune editorial board had detailed massive problems at the county's Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. The response: Defensiveness, personal insults and self-righteous rhetoric pinballed around the room for six hours.

The few commissioners who tried to engage in a real discussion about the dangerous, wasteful and dispiriting conditions at the center were hooted down.

"Stop talking about hacks and all that stuff," County Board President John Stroger snapped. "Practically everybody in here has been helped by somebody."

Commissioner Joan Murphy worried about hurting the feelings of the center's workers. Commissioner Deborah Sims griped that all the debate was delaying her lunch.

Well, there's going to be another debate soon about the detention center, and that kind of nonsense won't be tolerated.

County commissioners and other officials with responsibility for the detention center have been summoned to appear before U.S. District Judge John Nordberg on Jan. 11. They are being hauled into court to explain why conditions at the center are so awful. Nordberg is the judge in a class-action lawsuit brought against Cook County by the American Civil Liberties Union regarding poor conditions at the center.

In court last Thursday, Nordberg expressed dismay at reports of continuing problems and demanded that county officials give him a written response within a month. Nordberg said he wanted all county officials overseeing the center, including board commissioners and Stroger, to appear before him on the January date to explain their failure to correct the problems.

Commissioner Michael Quigley, one of a handful of board members advocating an overhaul of the detention center, expressed understandable frustration that the board has been so incapable of fixing its own mess that a federal judge has to step in and do it.

"We're so inept," Quigley said, "the judiciary is going to be running Cook County before long."

Will it come to that?

 



Recent Headlines

$1M settlement to family of man denied medical attention while in police lock-up
Monday, January 21, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

After beating in Evanston, Northwestern alum seeks to promote better policing
Sunday, January 20, 2019
Injustice Watch

Cook County offers two tax exemptions for seniors
Saturday, January 19, 2019
Homewood Flossmore Chronicle

Will political infighting delay your Cook County property tax assessment appeals?
Friday, January 18, 2019
Daily Herald

Cook County offers $8.5 million in transportation grants
Friday, January 18, 2019
Chicago Tribune

It's time to talk about the way we choose judges
Friday, January 18, 2019
Crain's Chicago Business

Pritzker signs ‘long overdue’ gun dealer licensing bill, vows ‘more work to do’
Thursday, January 17, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County Health Opens New Health Center in Arlington Heights
Thursday, January 17, 2019
Daily Herald

A look at other criminal cases where Cook County judges cleared Chicago cops
Thursday, January 17, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

3 Chicago cops found not guilty in Laquan McDonald cover-up conspiracy case
Thursday, January 17, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Old Cook County Hospital on track to become next city landmark
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Glenview Tentatively OKs Opting Back Into County Minimum Wage, Sick Time Laws
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Journal and Topics Online

Free Radioactive Radon Test Kits From Cook County
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Special to suffredin.org

Toni Preckwinkle and county watchdog at odds over political travel reimbursements
Friday, January 11, 2019
Chicago Tribune

2 Cook County judges — one cleared of gun charge, one reassigned for anger management — to return to bench at criminal court
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Chicago Tribune

It's been a bad decade for property taxes
Wednesday, January 09, 2019
Crain's Chicago Business

Bond court reform has not put more violent offenders back on the street
Wednesday, January 09, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Glenview pushes minimum wage, paid sick leave discussion to next week
Tuesday, January 08, 2019
Chicago Tribune

How Fritz Kaegi Plans to Transform the Cook County Assessor’s Office
Friday, January 04, 2019
WTTW Chicago Tonight

Cook County Health recognizes Cervical Health Awareness Month
Friday, January 04, 2019
Special to suffredin.org

all news items

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