Suffredin- For a Better Cook County  

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 has the largest unified trial court system in the world, disposing over 6 million cases in 1990 alone.

Non-profit hospitals told to give more care to poor

Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Chicago Tribune
by Ray Quintanilla

Cook County Commissioner Roberto Maldonado (D-Chicago) on Tuesday warned the county's non-profit hospitals that they could risk losing their property-tax exemptions in the future if they do not boost their charitable care to the county's poor.

This latest arm twisting comes a day after Illinois Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan said non-profit hospitals in Cook County and across the state are providing low levels of charitable medical care to the county's poor and indigent.

"It's shameful that these hospitals are providing such little care to the poor," said Maldonado, standing in the lobby of Stroger Hospital.

"Rather than care for poor patients, these hospitals are sending the poor to Stroger Hospital--a Cook County medical facility that's already bursting at the seams."

Maldonado said ideally he would like to see non-profit hospitals brought onto the tax rolls as part of his plan to fund health care for the poor. That plan calls for tax dollars generated by the county's more than 60 non-profit hospitals to be earmarked to underwrite health care for the poor.

Those hospitals can afford it, he said.

On Tuesday, Cook County Assessor James Houlihan said his office will begin gathering data on the dozens of hospitals across Cook County--including the likes of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the University of Chicago Hospitals and others--to determine an estimate of taxable value.

Houlihan's office cautioned this is only the first of many hurdles that would need to be cleared for non-profit hospitals to be placed onto the tax rolls.

"My office will begin collecting data on property-tax exempt hospitals during the upcoming triennial assessments so we may provide the Cook County Board with some estimate of value," Houlihan said.

Danny Chun, a spokesman for the Illinois Hospital Association, said Maldonado's plan would spell disaster for Cook County and force some hospitals to close their doors or drastically reduce services.

"You have to look at the facts," Chun said. "The reality is some of these hospitals would just go under."

Recent Headlines

Northbrook will revisit Cook County minimum wage ordinance in May
Sunday, November 18, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Suffredin: County to seek 'safeguards' for golf course road
Friday, November 16, 2018
Evanston NOW

She's been waiting 15 months for her rape kit to be processed. A new proposal to track evidence aims to change that.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Preckwinkle to unveil policy roadmap for Cook County for next five years
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

U.S. appeals judges: Go fight over lawsuits with Dorothy Brown in state court
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

COMMENTARY: Here's how the Shakman case curbed Cook County patronage
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Appeals court backs Dorothy Brown in lawsuit over public access to electronic records, says judge overstepped authority
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Chicago Tribune

What’s Next As Voters Overwhelmingly Support Higher Minimum Wage, Paid Sick Time
Monday, November 12, 2018
Journal and Topics Online

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's security chief fired after review spurred by watchdog report
Thursday, November 08, 2018
Chicago Tribune

An earlier opening day: 2019 Cook County forest preserves permits go on sale Nov. 15
Thursday, November 08, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Cook County opening 2019 picnic permit sales Nov. 15
Monday, November 05, 2018
Special to

The Cook County Land Bank looks to go commercial
Monday, November 05, 2018
RE Journal

Nov. 15 is new opening date for Cook County forest preserves permits
Monday, November 05, 2018
Daily Herald

Cook County Gun Dealer, Minimum Wage Referendums On Ballot
Monday, November 05, 2018

The Abandoned WWI Monument One Chicago Man Is Determined To Save
Friday, November 02, 2018
Chicago Patch

Cook County freed from federal oversight
Thursday, November 01, 2018
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

First-of-its-kind trauma recovery center serves survivors of domestic violence, hate crimes, sexual assault, gun violence in Cook County
Monday, October 29, 2018

Northbrook opts in to Cook County paid sick leave ordinance, more uncertainty for employers, lawyer says
Monday, October 29, 2018
Cook County Record

First-of-its-kind Advocate Trauma Recovery Center serves survivors of domestic violence, hate crimes, sexual assault, gun violence in Cook County
Monday, October 29, 2018
WLS Channel 7

Cook County sheriff, CVS team up on safe prescription painkiller disposal
Saturday, October 27, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

all news items

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