Suffredin- For a Better Cook County  
 

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.

   
  Eighteen of the 20 largest banks in the world and more than 50 foreign banks have offices in Cook County.
   
     
     
     



With heat on, county clears up its legal perk

Thursday, October 05, 2006
Chicago Tribune
by Mickey Ciokajlo

Employee newsletters can be dreary affairs, what with all the notes about retirements and health insurance and 401(k) plans.


But Cook County government now has something a little edgier to communicate: what its employees need to know about paying for a lawyer because federal investigators have come calling.


"Like changes to dental coverage, we need to tell them, `If you need an attorney, these are the rules,'" said Commissioner Peter Silvestri (R-Elmwood Park). "Unfortunately, we need to tell people this."


Commissioner Mike Quigley (D-Chicago) suggested that the name of the newsletter that goes to the county's 26,000 workers should be called, "The Indictment News."


Federal agents fanned out across the county two weeks ago, serving subpoenas and a search warrant and interviewing employees in an investigation of hiring practices. With Chicago and the State of Illinois already the subject of federal hiring probes, there are few outposts of government where the subject of hiring a lawyer could not be a matter of water-cooler chatter.


County commissioners mulled the matter Wednesday during a Finance Committee meeting, where they approved paying a $10,400 legal bill for former Commissioner Al Carr. Federal authorities had contacted Carr, along with other commissioners and employees, as part of an investigation into minority contracting fraud.


Silvestri, chairman of the county's Litigation Subcommittee, noted that employees should be told before they hire lawyers that the most the county will pay is $185 an hour.


The county will pay for the legal fees for employees as long as the representation pertains to their official duties and they are not convicted of a crime.


Carr was not accused of any wrongdoing. Carr's lawyer was paid $485 an hour.


Silvestri said commissioners agreed to pay the bill because the lawyer was unaware of the county's limit until after the work was done. Also, the lawyer obtained a court order mandating he be paid that amount, Silvestri said.



Recent Headlines

Property tax pinch: Average North Sider’s bill to rise by $536, South Sider’s by $23
Friday, June 21, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Own property on Chicago’s North Side or central core? Expect a big tax hike
Friday, June 21, 2019
Chicago Tribune

If you live in these areas, your property taxes are about to soar
Thursday, June 20, 2019
Crain's Chicago Business

Cook County property tax bills posted online ahead of mailing, taxes due August 1
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
ABC Channel 7

Cook County Assessor’s Office asks commissioners to lend staff — and is told, yeah, we’re pretty busy
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County Health Program Focuses on ‘Whole Person Care’
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
WTTW News

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

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

all news items

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