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.

County's deficit hits $40 million

Saturday, August 05, 2006
Chicago Sun-Times
by STEVE PATTERSON Staff Reporter

Cook County's budget deficit is at its worst point yet, and despite repeated demands made on county hospitals to collect more money, their deficits are growing.

Records released Friday show the county's current deficit is at $40 million and worsening. That's on top of the $300 million hole officials say must be filled in the 2007 budget.

And though commissioners have been prodding county hospital officials to collect more patient fees, the hospitals are showing their greatest shortfall yet in patient fees.

As of June 30, county hospitals had collected $54.6 million less in patient fees than what the county was expecting.

In June alone, records show the hospitals were $40 million short of projections -- more than four times December's $9.3 million shortfall and the worst seen yet this year.

Commissioner Gregg Goslin, who like others has heard repeated promises from hospital officials that they'll soon be turning things around, now wants hospital finance chief Alvin Holley fired.

"He's got to go," Goslin (R-Glenview) said. "They're not going to pay attention until they get hit in the nose. They need to be hit in the nose."

Holley did not return a call.

'We're working on it'

Goslin wants to see 1,000 jobs cut from the top-heavy Bureau of Health, saying there's been a $1 billion shortfall in bureau operations alone over the past three years.

Stroger Hospital is bleeding worst of all, falling $12 million short in June, up from a $1 million shortfall in December.

Just hours after taking office this week, County Board President Bobbie Steele pointed to the health bureau as an area where jobs need to be consolidated to save money.

Through a spokeswoman Friday, Steele said she's aware of the growing deficit and "we're working on it."

Former President John Stroger long resisted change at the patronage-laden bureau, even ignoring a mandate from the board that certain jobs be consolidated this year.

Also Friday, records showed a continuing shortfall in cigarette and gasoline sales in the heavily taxed county, even though June saw near-record revenues from both areas.

Recent Headlines

Woman, 19, arrested after escaping police custody at Cook County courthouse
Sunday, December 09, 2018
WLS ABC Chicago 7

Here's an exciting prospect: A boring assessor's office
Saturday, December 08, 2018
Crain's Chicago Business

Sheriff starts unique inmate program to combat Chicago's gun epidemic
Thursday, December 06, 2018
RTV 6 Indianapolis

Staff feud at tax appeals board turns nasty
Wednesday, December 05, 2018
Crain's Chicago Business

Cook County Tax Bills Posted Online Three Months Early
Wednesday, December 05, 2018
CBS Chicago

County Board makes it easier to choose Preckwinkle successor
Tuesday, December 04, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

New Cook County assessor vows end to favoritism as he takes office
Monday, December 03, 2018
Crain's Chicago Business

New Cook County Board members sworn in Monday
Monday, December 03, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Cook County referendums: 'Yes' to everything
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Chicago City Wire

Glenview to discuss Cook County minimum wage, paid sick leave ordinances in December
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Wilmette reverses course, fully adopts both county minimum wage and sick time rules
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Chicago Tribune

What Pritzker's minimum wage increase plan could mean for the suburbs
Monday, November 26, 2018
Daily Herald

Cook County sheriff’s vehicle struck during ISP pursuit on I-294
Sunday, November 25, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County 'Tails' program offers redemption for inmates, dogs
Thursday, November 22, 2018
Daily Herald

Cook County correctional officer owns bar where security guard Jemel Roberson shot by cop, officials say
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Chicago Tribune

More than 2 months after sisters were killed in crash with Cook County sheriff's officer, family still waits for answers
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Jail guard’s retaliation suit can proceed
Monday, November 19, 2018
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

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

all news items

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