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.

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



Clinic patients are left in limbo
County budget cuts could close facilities

Thursday, January 11, 2007
Chicago Tribune
by Josh Noel

In the Woodlawn Health Center waiting room, beside brochures for prescription drug assistance and domestic violence hot lines, a stack of fliers touts what the clinic considers its most urgent public-health issue.

"Fight!!! For Woodlawn," the fliers read, followed by a Cook County commissioner's phone number.
As county officials consider closing an undetermined number of the county's 26 community health clinics, Woodlawn patients and officials say they feel the bull's-eye squarely on their backs. Woodlawn serves about 5,000 patients a year, small enough that it could be told to shut its doors as a result of County Board President Todd Stroger's directive to slash all agency budgets by 17 percent.

Beside the homemade fliers sit a photocopied newspaper article explaining the cuts, on which someone scrawled, "And I voted for Todd! What a waste."

With concrete floors and dated, sometimes torn, vinyl furniture in the eight examination rooms, the facility might not be the coziest, but patients expressed alarm at the prospect of the clinic closing. For uninsured patients, the county clinics provide free health care.

Having no Woodlawn clinic would force many to travel farther, where they would likely stand in longer lines for care and wait longer for appointments.

"I'm pretty sure I'd go to the doctor less if this place closed," Mae Wilson, 81, said as she waited for her ride after a morning appointment. "I depend on my children to take me to and fro, and they depend on being able to take off from work to do that. Their schedule might not always cooperate if I have to go farther."

In the waiting room, where months-old magazines and religious tracts occupy patients, the crush wasn't overwhelming Wednesday. About seven people waited in blue plastic chairs, most of them seniors who use the clinic for their primary care. They come every three months for checkups and to be monitored for conditions such as diabetes and heart problems.

Woodlawn, which has eight doctors on staff, is booked through April, even though there is no telling if it will still be open then, said Robert Hart, 68, who is both a patient and a member of the clinic's advisory board. "Any other clinic you would go to would already be filled up," Hart said. "This place is essential."

Many patients said Wednesday they did not know where they would go for their next appointments if not to Woodlawn Health Center.

"It's very inconvenient," Arthur Hearn, 80, said as he left the clinic. "If someone told me where I could go, I'd still get myself checked."

Also on the chopping block could be Project Brotherhood, a non-profit "black men's clinic" that operates out of the Woodlawn facility. The 8-year-old organization offers medical care and social assistance, such as help with resumes, fatherhood classes and haircuts. Project Brotherhood pays no rent and gets volunteer medical services from the clinic's doctors.

Project Brotherhood would be open to moving to another county clinic, but it's unclear if that is feasible, said co-founder Marcus Murray, 35.

"We're in limbo," Murray said. "The steps we took to make health care accessible to black men might be wiped out."

Even so, staff member Matthew Greene on Wednesday taped up Project Brotherhood's schedule of events for March. "I don't know why we're putting the calendar up," he said. "Who knows if we will be here?"



Recent Headlines

Northfield woman’s plea prompts assessor’s relief for floodplain homeowners
Friday, September 20, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

When we lose 29% of our birds, we are doing something terribly wrong
Friday, September 20, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Why is Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi belatedly lowering property taxes for some New Trier homes?
Thursday, September 19, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County Jail’s book limit ruled as proper
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Chicago Daily law Bulletin

Prisoner escapes from Chicago police custody en route to Cook County Jail
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

County clerk’s office needs federal oversight
Monday, September 16, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

City Club of Chicago: Toni Preckwinkle – Advancing Racial Equity in Cook County
Monday, September 16, 2019
WGN Radio

Choosing Cook County judges, Justice Ginsburg reminds us, should not be a popularity contest
Monday, September 16, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Kim Foxx interested, wary of working with Trump White House on criminal justice reform
Sunday, September 15, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Is Clerk Karen Yarbrough ‘best official’ in county — or is patronage hiring flap only ‘tip of the iceberg’?
Sunday, September 15, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

A secret vote will choose Cook County’s next judicial chief. A $270 million budget, thousands of employees, and the future of a huge court system are at stake.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Evans Faces Challenge Thursday For Position As Cook County Chief Judge
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
WBEZ News

Cook County Health's John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital Receives $5M Federal Grant to Support Cancer Research
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Daily Herald

Cook County Forest Preserves Might Pitch Property Tax Hike To Voters
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
WBEZ News

Column: Ethically, Todd Ricketts owes Cook County six more years of property taxes on his Wilmette house. He should pay up.
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Watchdog accuses County Clerk Karen Yarbrough of running ‘illegal patronage’ operation, wants court oversight
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Cook County Prosecutors Decline To File Charges In About 1 In Every 5 Murder Cases
Thursday, September 05, 2019
WBEZ Chicago Public Radio

Cook County Maps Story of Opioid Epidemic with New Website
Thursday, September 05, 2019
WBEZ News

Slow refund checks for Water Tower residents—including the county treasurer—lead to proposed fee
Wednesday, September 04, 2019
Crain's Chicago Business

Criminal history vs. compassion? County debate over role of rap sheets in rental decisions
Wednesday, September 04, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

all news items

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