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 Hospital fills more outpatient prescriptions every day than are filled at 26 Walgreen's drug store combined.
   
     
     
     



Official: Juvenile abuse persisted

Thursday, March 29, 2007
Chicago Tribune
by James Janega

A court-appointed monitor says six of 19 staff members accused of committing repeated physical abuse at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center allegedly carried out abuses again after retraining.

In a report obtained by the Tribune, Brenda Welch -- appointed by a federal judge in June to oversee reforms at the troubled center -- painted a picture of a facility laboring with a thin staff of overwhelmed supervisors who in February failed to follow up on abuse allegations, didn't ensure proper well-being checks, and had yet to foster a worthwhile grievance process for residents.
Nineteen staff members had been required under the court reforms to undergo more training, counseling and supervision because they were subjects of multiple allegations of physical abuse. But the court-appointed monitors have not approved the training program the accused employees reportedly went through. Parts of the programs contained no lesson plans, the report stated.

Of those staff members, six were accused after the training of additional abuse. In some cases, none of the allegations were passed on to appropriate authorities, Welch said in the report.

"I have been unable to locate any evidence that these allegations were referred to appropriate administrators, assigned for investigation, or followed with other appropriate action," Welch said in her February compliance report to U.S. District Judge John A. Nordberg.

In addition, four employees with pending abuse investigations by the state Department of Children and Family Services were left in direct-care posts in detention center living units, she reported.

"All of the policies -- in particular how to deal with grievances -- are being revised. And as soon as they are revised and approved by compliance administrator, all the staff will be retrained," said Jennifer Koehler, the chief of policy for Cook County Board President Todd Stroger. "In the meantime, the administration is working hard at improving the quality of responses."

Stroger has asked for a full-time investigator to be hired to look into problems on site, in line with recommendations from the court order and other watchdogs, Koehler said.

"The detention center has not yet gotten a handle on monitoring allegations of abuse by staff and dealing with it appropriately. We continue to believe the children there are still exposed to some harm," said Benjamin Wolf, associate legal director of the ACLU of Illinois. "We don't want to paint all staff with a broad brush. But there are some who do abuse children, and we think the detention center fails to properly oversee the behavior of those people."

Also Wednesday, another report and recommendations by a special committee of the John Howard Association listed criticisms and seven recommendations for the facility.

The recommendations included addressing long-term staffing problems; integrating mental health, discipline and behavior programs; creating youth programs with positive reinforcement; and the separation of short-term and long-term residents at the same facility.

The John Howard report also suggested putting the center under the oversight of the chief judge of the Cook County Circuit Court. On Wednesday, the state House passed a measure to do that, which goes on to the state Senate for approval.

Stroger supports such a move, Koehler said.



Recent Headlines

CHICAGO TONIGHT: Voters to decide on downsizing Cook County government
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
WTTW Chicago Tonight

Voters to Decide on Downsizing Cook County Government
Monday, August 22, 2016
WTTW Chicago Tonight

Commentary: In defense of Judge Turner (sort of)
Monday, August 22, 2016
Chicago Tribune

Cook County seeks $400K in amusement taxes from Evil Olive, Beauty Bar
Monday, August 22, 2016
Chicago Tribune

President Preckwinkle applauds signing of juvenile justice bill
Monday, August 22, 2016
Windy City Times

Lester: Illinois Supreme Court justice goes undercover in bond court
Monday, August 22, 2016
Chicago Tribune

Editorial: Judge not: Voters, this isn't the way to fill a $188,000-a-year job
Monday, August 22, 2016
Chicago Tribune

Cook County Questions Whether Electronic Music Is Really Live Music Or Cultural
Friday, August 19, 2016
WBEZ Chicago Public Radio

First Human Case of West Nile Virus in Cook County
Friday, August 19, 2016
Patch Local

New Trier rowers' success a reflection on cleaner waters
Friday, August 19, 2016
Special to suffredin.org

Led by Chicago, Cook County property values continue recovery
Friday, August 19, 2016
Crain's Chicago Business

First human case of West Nile virus in suburban Cook County
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Special to suffredin.org

Evanston Township Dissolution Saves Taxpayers Nearly $780,000
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Civic Federation Blog

Cook County goes after small venues for back taxes, arguing their bookings don't count as live music or culture
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Chicago Reader

Cook County eyes transportation projects that spur development, jobs
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Chicago Tribune

Many New Trier homeowners see jump in assessed property values
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Chicago Tribune

Cook County judge accused of letting law clerk hear cases
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
WLS Chicago

Letter: Escape the city and explore the Great Outdoors in Cook County
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Chicago Tribune

Two detainees charged with taking over part of Cook County Jail
Monday, August 15, 2016
Chicago Sun-Times

The Cook County Land Bank is chipping away at abandoned properties one house at a time
Friday, August 12, 2016
Chicago Reader

all news items

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