Suffredin- Changing County Government  
 

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.
   
     
     
     



City, state top docs speak to Black AIDS crisis

Friday, April 14, 2006
Chicago Defender
by Mema Ayi

The city and state’s top public health officials delivered a powerful, but simple message Thursday: The Black community is in the midst of an HIV/AIDS epidemic.

As the kick-off event for the Let’s Talk, Let’s Get Tested Foundation’s fourth annual “I Need You to Survive” African American HIV/AIDS Walk and Bike Ride on May 20, Illinois Public Health Director Eric Whitaker and Chicago Health Commissioner Terry Mason spoke at the foundation’s media and sponsor luncheon at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center.

Talking about HIV/AIDS, knowing your status, as well as talking about the disease and prevention are vital to the Black community, the doctors said.

“We need to vigorously mobilize our community. We need to eliminate the shame, erase the stigma and encourage testing,” Mason said. “Across the board we can do better. We have to do better.”

About 1,200 African Americans in Chicago are infected each year. Currently there are about 20,000 African Americans in the city living with HIV/AIDS. Seventy-nine percent of those infected in Chicago are African American women, Mason said.

Churches, Mason added, could help educate the masses on prevention. But some churches do not want to discuss the topic.

“(The Black church) is kind of a sore point for me. There are a lot of issues we don’t talk about, but we’re going to have a bunch of people in our churches on Easter,” Mason said. “But let’s do it as if our future depends on it. Because it does.”

Whitaker agreed.

“The church is one of the central elements we have to reach out to,” Whitaker said.

Prevention is key to reducing the number of Blacks infected since a vaccine or cure is at least a decade away, said Lloyd Kelly, executive director of the Let’s Talk, Let’s Test Foundation.

Otherwise, the Black community nationwide will be lucky if it has only 40,000 new cases a year.“In America, AIDS is a Black thing and we had better understand it,” Kelly said.

In Illinois, the Black community is in state of emergency in regards of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Last year, Gov. Rod Blagojevich launched the Brothers And Sisters United Against HIV/AIDS (BASUAH) after looking at 2004 infection rates among Blacks in the state, said Blagojevich spokeswoman Cheryle Jackson.

  Share your thoughts on this story on the ChicagoDefender.com message board.
 
Blacks were just 15 percent of the state’s population, but more than half of the new HIV cases in 2004. More than 70 percent of those are Black women, Jackson said.

“When Blagojevich saw the numbers, he felt compelled to do more at the state level,” Jackson said.

Both doctors stressed HIV/AIDS is a preventable disease.

Jackson said strides have been made in the treatment of the disease, no longer making it a “death sentence” for those infected.

“This is really affecting young African Americans, but there are ways to avoid becoming a statistic in the first place,” Jackson said.

Prevention education, especially to young people, could be the key to reversing the trend, said Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County Dorothy Brown, who also attended the event.

“We are all links in the chain of success in the eradication of HIV and AIDS in our community,” Brown said. “It’s very important that we educate each other. We have to help our young women and men understand that they need to protect themselves.”
 A Media Titan - John H. Johnson: 1918-2005 
 The Chicago Defender's continuing coverage of the life and legacy of John H. Johnson, founder of Ebony and Jet magazines. This tribute will remain here until Aug. 8, 2006.
 
 
RON WALTERS: Priorities, Politics And The Pastor 
 Recent efforts by Illinois State Sen. James Meeks to forge a new coalition of African-Americans and White social conservatives is putting some African-American voters in a bind.
 
 
CONRAD W. WORRILL: Wisdom From Our Ancestors 
 The state of the Black Liberation Movement in American demands that we listen to the wisdom of some of our ancestors as we rebuild our movement.
 
 
Chicago Defender Inside Black America Podcast 
 What did Roland S. Martin tell Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg about his disrespectful column about Cook County Board President John Stroger Jr.? Click here to listen!
 
 

 
 
 



Recent Headlines

Nearly a century after a brutal murder, Chicago’s only lynching victim gets memorial
Thursday, March 21, 2019
The Grio

County harassment survey shows mixed faith in reporting system
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Recovery Behind Bars: Cook County Jail’s Opioid Treatment Program
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Medill Reports

Judge: Labor unions don't owe non-union state workers refunds, despite unconstitutional fees
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Cook County record

The language of justice: Court interpreters fight for client rights and their rights in Cook County
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Medill Reports

Cook County General Hospital's $90-Million Redevelopment Saves a Chicago Icon
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Engineering News Rec ord

Preckwinkle sends out harassment survey to staff after harassment controversy in her office
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Illinois Land Title Association Granted Summary Judgment in Case against Cook County Recorder of Deeds
Sunday, March 17, 2019
Illinois State Bar Association

Grand Jury Indicts Debt Collector of Bribing Cook County Clerk Dorothy Brown
Friday, March 15, 2019
WBBM Chicago

Indictment: Cook County's hired debt collector charged with bribing county officials to secure county contract
Friday, March 15, 2019
Cook County record

Karen Chavers Honored as 2019 Unsung Heroine
Thursday, March 14, 2019
Special to suffredin.org

Pappas to announce deadline for Cook County property owners to pay late taxes
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Courts Cause Confusion For Woman Trying To Resolve Her Case
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
CBS Chicago

Census changes raise fears of Illinois undercounting
Monday, March 11, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County Sheriff Warns of Apple Phone Scam
Monday, March 11, 2019
WTTW News

Caller poses as Apple to get victims personal info in scam targeting Cook County residents
Monday, March 11, 2019
WGN Chicago

Should Young Adults Be Sent To Juvenile Courts?
Sunday, March 10, 2019
NPR Radio

Cook County Jail hires 2nd consecutive mental health professional as warden
Wednesday, March 06, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Lawsuit: Sheriff jailed dozens because of faulty electronic monitoring devices
Monday, March 04, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Woman dies while in custody at Cook County Jail
Sunday, March 03, 2019
Fox 32

all news items

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