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.

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



Judge to County Board: Time to hire guards

Thursday, December 29, 2005
Chicago Sun-Times
by NATASHA KORECKI Federal Courts Reporter

A federal judge told Cook County commissioners Wednesday to push aside the politics of an election year and hire more jail guards as a court decree requires.

"There have been a number of people other than the County Board that have stepped up to the plate," U.S. District Judge George Marovich said. "It is time to step up to the plate."

Marovich said it was "mind-boggling" the county hasn't set aside new money in its proposed budget for more guards to help staff a crowded Cook County Jail. Representatives from the jail watchdog group the John Howard Association reported the jail was understaffed by 668 to 798 guards.

Cook County Sheriff Michael Sheahan told Marovich he wanted the county to pay for about 250 more jail guards in 2006 to keep up with the jail's growing population. That could cost about $15 million. But Sheahan said the proposed county budget, which could be approved in February, doesn't include any money for additional guards.

Minimum levels not being met

A 1982 federal consent decree set minimum staffing levels at the jail that aren't being met. Marovich is overseeing the decree, which was the result of a lawsuit filed by inmates.

"I think it's time they realize they're part of the decree, too," Sheahan said of Cook County commissioners.

Marovich initially scheduled a contempt-of-court hearing, but all parties agreed to talk just before commissioners take a final vote on the budget.

Cook County Board President John Stroger, who attended the hearing, said he'll ask Finance Committee Chairman John Daley to try to come up with the money to pay for more guards. Stroger said he didn't know where the money would come from.

"It'll take new revenue sources," he said.

Marovich said he realizes next year is an election year and that special-interest groups with more money than inmates will be "screaming in your political ear," but he said commissioners are responsible for following the decree.

"Nothing cannot be the number," Marovich said.



Recent Headlines

Cook County Land Bank Authority Announces Opening of Registration to Give Away a Free Home
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
The Chicago Crusader

NEW ILLINOIS LAW ENDS $120 FEE TO CLEAR FALSE CRIMINAL RECORDS IN COOK COUNTY
Friday, August 09, 2019
Illinois Policy

Top Cook County Jail chess players take on the world
Wednesday, August 07, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Public defender takes shots at Chicago Police gun offender webpage
Wednesday, August 07, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Commentary: Data alone won’t stop Chicago gun violence; Cook County needs a public ‘Violence Reduction Dashboard’
Wednesday, August 07, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Cook County Jail detainees take on inmates around the world in online chess tournament
Tuesday, August 06, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Here’s What You Need To Know About The Ongoing Bail Debate In Chicago
Monday, August 05, 2019
WBEZ Chicago Public Radio

Cook County Jail hosts international chess tournament
Monday, August 05, 2019
WGN Chicago

Cook County property taxes are due today, Aug. 1.
Thursday, August 01, 2019
Special to suffredin.org

Forest Preserves of Cook County Celebrate Dan Ryan Woods Investments
Thursday, August 01, 2019
Chicago Defender

Cook County TIFs generate $1.2 billion
Thursday, August 01, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Changes coming to Cook County assessor’s office
Thursday, August 01, 2019
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

In Chicago, TIF Revenues Soaring
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
WTTW News

A controversial tax subsidy program will generate a record $1.2 billion in revenue. Here’s what the number means for Chicago.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Group to rally in support of Kim Foxx as challengers emerge
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Crain's Chicago Business

Report: Incarceration Rates Drop Nearly 20% Under Kim Foxx
Monday, July 29, 2019
WTTW Chicago

Lightfoot blames bond court reform for gun violence
Thursday, July 25, 2019
Chicago Reporter

Cook County Health Hires Audit Firm To Review Scathing Inspector General Report
Thursday, July 25, 2019
WBEZ News

Former County Commissioner Shocked Animal Abuser Registry He Worked To Create Was Never Used
Thursday, July 25, 2019
CBS Chicago

No one on County Board sharing Arroyo’s view of inspector general
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

all news items

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