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



Stroger budget would cut health clinics, 450 jobs

Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Chicago Tribune
by Mickey Ciokajlo

Cook County Board President Todd Stroger today unveiled a $3 billion budget proposal that would hold the line on 2007 spending by closing 16 community health care clinics, cutting about 450 full-time county workers and forcing other reductions from reluctant law enforcement leaders.

The budget plan, which now goes to the 17-member board for hearings, does not include any tax or fee increases, officials said. The county has posted the budget on its Web site.
Stroger, who was elected in November to the seat held for years by his father, John Stroger, vowed to close a $500 million projected deficit without raising taxes.

"This budget reduces overall spending while simultaneously absorbing unavoidable spending pressures and swallowing huge reductions in various county revenue sources," Stroger said during a 16-minute budget address. "In short, this budget plan contains substantial spending reductions throughout county government."

The budget eliminates 1,492 full-time positions throughout the government. About 30 percent of those positions are currently filled, Budget Director Donna Dunnings said.

Spending in the county's enormous health system will be reduced by $103 million, bringing it to $730 million, from the 2006 appropriation.

Dr. Robert Simon, interim chief of the health bureau, declined to go into much detail during a press briefing Tuesday after Stroger's budget address, saying he first wanted to make his presentation to commissioners later this month.

Simon did say that of the county's 26 community health clinics, 10 would remain open.

Simon said underutilized clinics, which he did not identify, would be closed and that hours and staffing would be expanded at the remaining sites to handle an increased work load. He repeated his earlier warnings that patients could expect longer lines, at least in the short term as the system is restructured.

Simon also said babies would no longer be delivered at Provident Hospital. Expectant mothers would instead be transferred to Stroger Hospital, which has seen its deliveries drop significantly in recent years, Simon said.

Elsewhere in the county, State's Attorney Richard Devine's five community prosecution offices and a community outreach unit are targeted for elimination. Devine said that he could lose 75 prosecutors as well as other personnel but that he will fight for more funding before the county board.

In the sheriff's office, Stroger's budget team proposed eliminating the $1.6 million community services department. Stroger said it was part of an effort to return the county to its "core mission," and eliminate extraneous programs.



Recent Headlines

Cook County board to vote on new budget today
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
WGN Channel 9

Preckwinkle agrees to fewer Cook County job cuts; hundreds of layoffs still in works
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Chicago Tribune

Teamsters Local 700 Files for Temporary Restraining Order Against Cook County Merit Board
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Special to suffredin.org

How Cook County finally got a new budget
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Crain's Chicago Business

ONTIVEROS: I think I miss that soda pop tax
Monday, November 20, 2017
Chicago Sun-Times

Budget Cuts Expected For Cook County Public Guardian’s Office
Monday, November 20, 2017
CBS Chicago

Ex-Cook County Board President Todd Stroger says he's running again
Monday, November 20, 2017
Chicago Tribune

More than 300 Cook County employees will lose jobs to balance budget
Monday, November 20, 2017
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County Jail Population Down 15 Percent After Bond Reforms
Monday, November 20, 2017
WTTW Chicago Tonight

Stroger vs. Preckwinkle: Hide your wallets.
Monday, November 20, 2017
Chicago Tribune

After momentous week, prosecutor Kim Foxx says 'we have to right wrongs'
Monday, November 20, 2017
Chicago Tribune

Police union president slams Foxx, prosecutors after exonerations
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Chicago Sun-Times

MIHALOPOULOS: Will pop-tax anger unseat Preckwinkle, or fizzle out?
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Chicago Sun-Times

After Warning of 'Painful Cuts,' Preckwinkle to Unveil 2018 Budget Amendment
Friday, November 17, 2017
NBC Chicago

Watchdog: Quit stalling on Cook County justice system data
Friday, November 17, 2017
Crain's Chicago Business

The Week in Review: Record Wave of Exonerations Tied to Rogue Cop
Friday, November 17, 2017
WTTW Chicago Tonight

Preckwinkle, some commissioners say enough votes for amended budget
Friday, November 17, 2017
Chicago Sun-Times

Preckwinkle: Nothing Pleasant About Hundreds Of Layoffs
Friday, November 17, 2017
CBS Chicago

Cook County commissioners get behind Preckwinkle's budget cuts
Friday, November 17, 2017
Chicago Tribune

Chuy Garcia Sole Cook County Commissioner Iffy on Budget
Friday, November 17, 2017
WTTW Chicago Tonight

all news items

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