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.

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



Let Claypool run the show

Friday, July 14, 2006
Chicago Tribune
Editorial

Cook County Democratic committeemen are free to further trash their party's reputation by treating public office as a cheap bauble to be bequeathed and inherited. If the clout crowd slates the unqualified Ald. Todd Stroger (8th) on Tuesday to complete his father's run for presidency of the County Board, voters still can decide in November whether to elect or reject him.

The decision with more immediate impact may come Wednesday, when the County Board commissioners are scheduled to choose one of their number to serve the last four months of John Stroger's current term. There's been much intrigue over how that decision will play out. But the best outcome is obvious: The board's Democrats and Republicans should come together to select Forrest Claypool as interim president--and then selflessly help him solve budget and other problems that have festered for months.

Claypool can use this time to begin containing costs at a government that has swollen to a size taxpayers can no longer afford. He'd certainly have help from fellow Commissioner John Daley.

Daley was interested in the interim presidency but recused himself when some power brokers began playing race cards. But in his role as the board's finance chairman, Daley has urged the county's elected officials to help fix a gaping budget hole by spending only 96 percent of their appropriated funds. (The returns aren't all in, but some officials are cooperating and some are not. Stay tuned.) Daley also has shown interest in consolidating redundant offices and cracking down on the abysmally managed patronage pit that passes for Cook County's health operations.

There's still some chatter about drafting Daley against his wishes. But Claypool definitely wants the job and can do it.

Commissioners, this is your chance to launch the long overdue reform of county government. This interim presidency shouldn't be about petty party loyalties or who once promised to support whom. This decision is about the rescue of a failing government that belongs to hard-pressed taxpayers who expect the muscular leadership they just don't see at the County Building.

Whoever serves as interim president will have to produce instant savings and a difficult new budget. Public awareness of the county's chronic refusal to curtail costs means that tax increases can't seriously be on the table. A board that has dug itself into a deep hole by overspending--and by refusing to streamline a government of 26,000 employees--has to change course.

If Democrats and Republicans who see themselves as reformers on the board can come to agreement, that can happen. Claypool demonstrated during the primary campaign that he has the ideas and the will to get the job started. Unfortunately, he won't be interim president long enough to finish it. He can, though, begin enough reforms that the board president who is elected in November can't easily turn back the clock.



Recent Headlines

Beekeeping Behind Bars: Inmates Raise Bees at Cook County Jail
Friday, June 14, 2019
WTTW News

Bernie Judge, fiery Daily Law Bulletin editor, dies at 79
Friday, June 14, 2019
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Court rules county retirees entitled to health care no matter who last employer was
Thursday, June 13, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Prevent Illinois from being the next ground zero for measles
Thursday, June 13, 2019
Crain's Chicago Business

At Cook County Jail, Inmates Relax Their Minds, Bodies With Yoga
Thursday, June 06, 2019
Prison Mindfulness Institute

Illinois Dept. of Revenue Releases Final 2018 Cook County Equalization Factor
Thursday, June 06, 2019
JD Supra

Skokie drops recent proposal to opt out of Cook County minimum wage ordinance
Wednesday, June 05, 2019
Chicago Tribune

JAMA examines rising drug costs • CVS' ambitious transformation • Cook County extends Medicaid contract
Wednesday, June 05, 2019
Crain's Chicago Business

DCFS says nonprofit misused taxpayer dollars, demands repayment of $100K
Wednesday, June 05, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Cook County judge, ripped for ‘insensitive’ racial comments, dumped from bench
Wednesday, June 05, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County Offers Low Cost Rabies And Microchipping Clinic
Wednesday, June 05, 2019
Patch

Masturbating Cook County Jail inmates could cost taxpayers $2 million-plus in legal fees
Tuesday, June 04, 2019

New training and protocols needed at Cook County, task force says after sexual harassment scandal
Friday, May 31, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Cook County assessor's tax reform bill skids in Springfield
Friday, May 31, 2019
Crain's Chicago Business

Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi's property tax reforms stall out in Springfield
Friday, May 31, 2019
Chicago Tribune

The North Shore Mosquito Abatement District has found the first mosquitoes to test positive for West Nile virus in the District this year.
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Special to suffredin.org

Cook County to Address Perinatal Health Disparities with $4.8M Grant
Friday, May 24, 2019
WTTW News

Audit Recommends Ways To Overhaul Cook County Property Tax System
Thursday, May 23, 2019
WBEZ News

Cock-a-doodle-deferred? After ‘urban farmers’ cry foul, county tables rooster ban
Thursday, May 23, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

From green screen computers to staff shortages, a new audit says Cook County's property tax system needs more resources
Thursday, May 23, 2019
Chicago Tribune

all news items

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