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 Hospital fills more outpatient prescriptions every day than are filled at 26 Walgreen's drug store combined.
   
     
     
     



Steele vows to aid juvenile site
Next board chief says she won't rule out management change

Friday, July 28, 2006
Chicago Tribune
by Ofelia Casillas

Incoming interim Cook County President Bobbie Steele visited the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center Thursday, vowing to do "anything necessary to protect the health and welfare of those children."

"If it takes a change in management, I will do that," Steele said, responding to County Board Commissioner Forrest Claypool's call Wednesday to replace center Supt. Jerry Robinson and his senior staff.
"I will do whatever it takes to bring some resolve to the madness at the juvenile detention center," Steele said.

County officials have been in and out of court for years as reports of abuse and unsatisfactory conditions have dogged the facility, which holds an average of 400 teenagers, many awaiting trial.

As part of the most recent settlement between the American Civil Liberties Union and the county last month, a federal judge appointed Brenda Welch as compliance administrator to implement change at the facility.

In critiquing the center, Steele cited two Tribune articles this week that detailed Welch's findings of unsanitary and unsafe conditions at the site, as well as resistance to court-ordered reforms.

Claypool said he was encouraged by Steele's stance.

"I hope that she follows through on her words," Claypool said. "Nothing less than a complete change of senior management, however, will bring about compliance with the court order and the protection of these children."

ACLU attorney Benjamin Wolf encouraged Steele to speak to experts "and hear their frustrations with the current policies and management."

Steele acknowledged problems at the center "could have been resolved earlier," but she stopped short of criticizing Cook County President John Stroger, who is stepping down Monday after suffering a stroke earlier this year.

"I don't want to relive what has happened under the old administration," she said. "It is important that we move more expeditiously and pay more attention to court orders."

Steele said that after she is sworn in Tuesday, she will have the authority to demand change. "If they are not following through on required standards, it's a tough decision that has to be made about the management there," she said. "Obviously there is something wrong with the management. That is very clear to me."

During her visit to the center Thursday, Steele said she sat in on a staff meeting in which workers, led by Robinson, discussed "how they can better work with the court monitor."

Steele said the staff is awaiting an improvement plan, written by Welch and other experts, on how best to fix problems at the center.

"In the meantime, they are working to improve whatever internal problems [Welch has] cited. They do recognize that there are problems, and they seem to be willing to work toward resolving those problems.

"I let them know that abuse of children will not be tolerated, and any negligence in terms of employees not living up to the standards set by the institution will not be tolerated, no exception to the rule," Steele said.

Stroger spokeswoman Chinta Strausberg said Robinson did not "want to make any further comments."

"Mr. Robinson said he will let [Steele] speak," Strausberg said.



Recent Headlines

Tracking turtles and habitat use: Study in Cook County
Sunday, September 25, 2016
Chicago Sun-Times

No unincorporated Cook County residents should be forced into annexations
Friday, September 23, 2016
Chicago Tribune

Report: Cook County should eliminate unincorporated areas
Friday, September 23, 2016
Daily Herald

First Phase of North Branch Trail Extension Opens
Friday, September 23, 2016
Special to suffredin.org

Growing MWRD tree program shelters region from storms
Friday, September 23, 2016
Special to suffredin.org

Report: Unincorporated areas a 'financial burden' to Cook County
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Daily Southtown

Cook County To End Practice Of Making Kids Spend Weekend In Jail Before They See A Judge
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
WBEZ Chicago Public Radio

Preckwinkle mulling tax on sugary soft drinks
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Chicago Sun-Times

Joan Murphy, Cook County commissioner, longtime politician dies at 79
Sunday, September 18, 2016
Chicago Tribune

Cook County health system wins state approval for new, 9-story outpatient building
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Chicago Tribune

Cook County Working On A Managed-Health-Care Plan For Uninsured Residents
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
WBEZ Chicago Public Radio

Dr. Willie Wilson to bail out Cook County Jail detainees who are poor
Monday, September 12, 2016
Chicago Crusader

Letter: Misused medicines are killing Cook County residents. Here's how we can stop it
Friday, September 09, 2016
Chicago Tribune

Cook County plan links transportation and racial equity
Friday, September 09, 2016
Chicago Reporter

Biggest assessment hikes a shore thing in north Cook suburbs
Friday, September 09, 2016
Crain's Chicago Business

Outgoing Cook County State’s Attorney Reflects on Office
Friday, September 09, 2016
WTTW Chicago Tonight

Man charged with sex assault of teen in Cook forest preserve
Thursday, September 08, 2016
Chicago Tribune

New Lawsuit Says Cook County Is Violating Juveniles’ Due Process
Thursday, September 08, 2016
WBEZ Public Radio

Editorial: Four lessons from murder case solved after 23 years
Monday, September 05, 2016
Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Tonight: Violence-Prevention Program Starts in Hospitals Instead of Streets
Friday, September 02, 2016
WTTW Chicago Tonight

all news items

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