Suffredin- An Advocate for All of Us  

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.

  The first blood bank in the world was established at Cook County Hospital by Dr. Bernard Fantus in 1937.

City to ask hospitals to provide services the city now offers

Thursday, October 19, 2006
Pioneer Press
by BOB SEIDENBERG | City Editor

Evanston stands among the few local communities that maintain their own in-house health departments, but the setup could change based on some comments Monday by aldermen and Mayor Lorraine H. Morton. During a budget program review session at the Civic Center, Morton joined several aldermen in urging staff to pursue talks with the local hospitals administrators about how the hospitals might deliver services the city now provides. Alderman Elizabeth Tisdahl, whose 7th Ward includes Evanston Hospital, suggested that pressure placed on hospitals recently about the amount of charity care they provide presents "an incredible opportunity" for the city to save money. The city currently employs seven nurses and a half-dozen other staff members affiliated with clinical services stationed at the Health Department. The department is housed on the ground level at the Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave. Health teams provide services to qualifying families. Services include family planning, dental care and childhood immunizations. The number of registered clients in the dental clinic alone averages 1,645 annually. The department's sexually transmitted diseases division logs 1,200 clinic visits a year. Nurses immunized 800 people and performed 140 school physicals. The cost of the department's personal health services ran to about $1.5 million in the last budget, officials said during their presentation. City Manager Julia Carroll and Jay Terry, city director of Health and Human Services, said they have had some preliminary discussions with officials at Evanston Hospital and St. Francis Hospital about how the two institutions would be willing to help. However, staff was reluctant to carry the talks further without a clear policy direction from aldermen, Carroll told council members Monday. Encouraged to negotiate The mayor and aldermen were more than clear, saying they want the city to explore the issue, aggressively if possible. "If there's ever a time to get serious about this, now is the time because the hospitals are under fire," Morton told the city manager. "I often wondered why we gave flu shots at the city when they give them at drugstores," she continued, "but it's something we've been doing over the years." Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, said St. Francis already performs some services for the community, such as providing a corporate day-care program with 20 slots open for members of the community. She asked that she and Tisdahl be included in future discussions on the issue. Alderman Lionel Jean-Baptiste, 2nd Ward, noted council interest in the issue dates back to 2001. He said he wonders why the city has been slow to move forward. He added later, though, that negotiations should be pursued in a way so that any current city employees "are not left out in the cold." Alderman Melissa A. Wynne, 3rd Ward, said officials must make sure there's no drop in the level of services provided if the responsibility shifts to the hospitals. She said an agreement also should include a condition allowing the city to monitor services rendered by the hospital, to ensure they will meeting standards. Morton said "no hospital is going to let Evanston monitor what they are doing." Nevertheless, "that's a goal we should strive to have," replied Wynne. Recreation expenses in focus The Health and Human Services discussion followed a presentation from the city's Parks, Forestry and Recreation Department. The department, with $12.2 million in budgeted expenditures, accounts for 14 percent of the city's general fund budget. It also serves as an important revenue generator, bringing in $4.2 million through its recreation programs. During discussions, Jean-Baptiste raised concern that one of the notions about the recreation program is that "you pay to play," while residents unable to pay "are left out." On the other hand, Alderman Delores Holmes, 5th Ward, said program revenue isn't coming close to covering the city's costs to deliver the services. Douglas Gaynor, director of Parks, Forestry and Recreation, said that while the city does provide some fee assistance and scholarships, the amount now is relatively small. Gaynor said officials face a challenge as they also work on finding ways to make more programs available. He, Jean-Baptiste and others have been involved in discussions of a "youth engagement" program that seeks to involve teenagers in city activities to a greater extent. Carroll said officials also face a challenge. "If you don't have pay to play, somebody is not paying a fee and you're going to have more programs subsidized by the taxpayers," she told aldermen. If the city were to charge true costs, including covering overhead, programs would be priced "out of the market," she said. The council's policy direction on the issue is important, Carroll said, because "it's a constant balance between the marketplace, providing services and serving those who can't pay."

Recent Headlines

Top prosecutor Kim Foxx apologizes as 18 convictions linked to corrupt cop vacated
Monday, September 24, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Preteens out of detention before trial under new ordinance
Friday, September 14, 2018
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Cook County Board bars detention of youth under 13 years old
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Injustice Watch

Preteens accused of crimes won't be locked up at Cook County juvenile center
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

Slowik: Cook County offers residents last chance to comment on strategic plan
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Daily Southtown

Settlement over Cook County's 2007 decision to cut inmates' dental care will cost nearly $5.3 million
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Anti-patronage Shakman pact requiring federal oversight of Cook County hiring, firing to end
Friday, August 31, 2018
Chicago Tribune

1st District upholds merit board in firing of deputy
Thursday, August 30, 2018
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Neighborhood program helps Cook County residents buy homes
Sunday, August 26, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

Judge upholds Cook County firearm, ammunition taxes
Thursday, August 23, 2018
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Editorial: E-filing should make Cook County courts more accessible. It doesn't
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Cook County tax incentive could pave way for Wingstop, Dunkin' Donuts on Elgin's Summit Street
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Editorial: What happened to the elk?
Friday, August 10, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Wells Fargo to offer $15,000 grants to potential Cook County homebuyers
Thursday, August 09, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Suit alleges Cook County detainees secretly monitored in bathrooms in holding cells at courthouses
Wednesday, August 08, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Half the elk at Busse Woods died last year, and officials arenít sure why
Tuesday, August 07, 2018
Chicago Tribune

A letter from Dr. Jay Shannon regarding gun violence and Stroger Hospital
Tuesday, August 07, 2018
Special to

As Evanston adapts to minimum wage hike, nearby towns say they have no plan to join in
Tuesday, August 07, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Lawsuit could blast a $250 million hole in county budget
Monday, August 06, 2018
Crain's Chicago Business

Pappas: Automatic refunds of $19.5 million going to 53,000 homeowners because of property tax cuts
Monday, August 06, 2018
Special to

all news items

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