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:  
   
 
 

Search current and proposed Cook County Legislation in Larry's exclusive legislative library.

   
 

The Cook County Code of Ordinances are the current laws of Cook County.

   
  Cook County is the second most populous county in the nation. It is the 19th largest government in the U.S.
   
     
     
     



Sheriff gets no help to hire court-ordered jail guards

Thursday, January 12, 2006
Chicago Sun-Times
by STEVE PATTERSON Staff Reporter

Last year, a federal judge ordered Cook County commissioners to include hundreds more jail guards in their 2006 budget -- but when County Board President John Stroger unveiled that budget, he allowed for zero new guards.

The judge threatened to hold commissioners in contempt of court for violating his order -- but when Sheriff Michael Sheahan asked for 250 new jail positions, Stroger gave him none extra.

Sheahan came into a budget meeting Wednesday asking how he's going to meet a federal court order to increase staff-to-inmate ratios at the jail.

He left without an answer.

Asks for 250 new jail positions

Stroger made clear he had washed his hands of the problem, leaving it to 16 other commissioners to come up with a funding solution.

His budget director, Donna Dunnings, said it would cost $7 million to fund the jobs Sheahan wants, bringing 250 new employees on throughout this year, while jumping to $13 million in 2007.

The county is already preparing to raise the cigarette tax by $1 a pack to cover the overall $3 billion budget, but would need more to pay for new jail guards.

Commissioners avoided saying that means raising other taxes, instead saying they're seeking "revenue enhancements" and "new revenue sources," while also asking Sheahan if he could cut from his existing budget -- or shift personnel -- to meet the need.

He insists he can't do that.

Stroger also cut funds for women's jail programs -- though he promised to restore the money -- while additionally cutting contractually mandated uniform allowances for county officers.

By court order, commissioners must build on the 283 new jail jobs they added last year to meet the call for 668 overall new jobs.



Recent Headlines

Special prosecutor billed Cook County nearly 50K for Van Dyke murder case
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County Board votes in favor of $4 million settlement in Stroger medical malpractice case
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Judge bucks Cook County law, says boys as young as 10 can be locked up
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Village of Northbrook Opts Back In to the Cook County Earned Sick Leave Ordinance
Monday, October 15, 2018
National Law Review

Chicago health system to add 240+ jobs
Monday, October 15, 2018
Becker's Hospital Review

Fired doctor sues county, loses whistleblower claim
Friday, October 12, 2018
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Cook County health system to add jobs
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Crain's Chicago Business

No layoffs or tax hike in mayoral hopeful Preckwinkle’s proposed county budget
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

'Inclusionary' housing ordinance rewrite advances
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Evanston Now

Faced with tight budgets, more Illinois counties merge clerk, recorder offices
Monday, October 08, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

Class action: Hundreds of Cook Sheriff officer suspensions invalid, because State's Attorney not involved
Friday, October 05, 2018
Cook County Record

One Cook County judge bucks chief judge’s order against unaffordably high bail
Monday, October 01, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

Game of thrones? Watchdog sees ‘scheme to defraud’ in Pritzker toilet tax break
Monday, October 01, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

County Board approves $31M election equipment contract despite lawsuit; $11M to settle 2 malpractice lawsuits
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Chicago Tribune

County approves new election equipment contract, despite rival firm’s lawsuit
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

Top prosecutor Kim Foxx apologizes as 18 convictions linked to corrupt cop vacated
Monday, September 24, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Preteens out of detention before trial under new ordinance
Friday, September 14, 2018
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Cook County Board bars detention of youth under 13 years old
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Injustice Watch

Preteens accused of crimes won't be locked up at Cook County juvenile center
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

Slowik: Cook County offers residents last chance to comment on strategic plan
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Daily Southtown

all news items

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