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:  
   
 
 

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.
   
     
     
     



Long-term patients resist eviction. Oak Forest facility blames tight budget.

Saturday, April 07, 2007
Chicago Tribune
by Jo Napolitano

Doctors, patients, nurses and union representatives gathered outside Oak Forest Hospital on Friday to send Cook County leaders a message: Don't kick out your neediest residents.
 
The hospital's long-term care residents were informed by letter March 31 that they would be ordered to leave starting May 1 "due to budgetary constraints."
 
About 125 protesters knelt in the street and prayed, stopping traffic for about five minutes outside the hospital entrance on 159th Street near Cicero Avenue.
 
The residents -- many of whom have lived at the hospital for more than a decade -- said they have no place to go. Patients also said that if they are sent to nursing facilities, they'll be split apart from their "family" and might not have access to the quality of care the hospital provides.
 
Glenn Wise, a quadriplegic, has lived at Oak Forest since being shot in the head 18 years ago. He called the county's actions "disgraceful" and said the sense of community he feels at the hospital is irreplaceable.
 
He and other patients regularly travel to neighboring schools to talk to children about avoiding drugs. Sober since his injury, Wise tells students to make better choices than he did.
 
Don Rashid, a spokesman for the Cook County Bureau of Health Services, said 150 of 220 beds reserved for long-term care services could be eliminated or the program could be cut entirely.
 
Either option would have to be approved by the state. The county has said it would assist in relocating patients.
 
Dr. Jody Ashenhurst, who works in hematology and oncology, said the move could be devastating to patients and that the shock alone could cause physical harm.
 
Ashenhurst said she's always been glad to work for the county because it took care of the poor. "Now we're seeing a long and proud history turned on its head," she said.
 
Samuel Osornio, 38, who uses a wheelchair, has lived at the hospital since he fell asleep at the wheel 17 years ago.
 
"We're worried," he said. "Everyone is upset. I want [county officials] to respect us -- people who don't have another place to live."
 
Michael Cheers, a resident since he suffered a stroke in 1994, believes it's the only facility where he'll get the care he needs.
 
He said if the county wants to save money it should "cut from the top," not the bottom.
 
Ralph Scroggins, who has used a wheelchair for seven years, recently began to walk thanks to regular therapy.
 
"We get excellent care here," he said, adding that if not for the hospital his muscles would be as tight as when he arrived.
 


Recent Headlines

‘Do you know who I am?’ Investigators say Cook County commissioner pressed cops to scrap ally’s $250 parking ticket
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Chicago Tribune

IG: Cook County needs revamp on sexual harassment outside of work following allegations against Preckwinkle ex-chief of staff
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Higher Assessments Hit North Suburban Commercial Property Owners
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Evanston Patch

How did an inmate get a loaded gun into Cook County Jail?
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Check exemptions, file an appeal: What you can do to fight your Cook County property tax bill
Thursday, July 11, 2019
WGN Chicago

’A lack of mental health services has plagued Chicago for decades’: Holy Cross Hospital expanding to fill that void on the Southwest Side
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Chicago Tribune

How To Appeal Your Cook County Property Tax Assessment
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
CBS Chicago

County Commission Hopes to Increase 2020 Census Participation
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
WTTW News

Cook County Property Tax Bills: Where Does Your Money Go?
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
CBS Chicago

Seniors Receive Inflated Property Tax Bills By Mistake
Tuesday, July 09, 2019
WBBM Radio

Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts’ property tax appeal under investigation after Tribune finds assessment problem
Tuesday, July 09, 2019
Chicago Tribune

North suburban landlords slapped with big assessment hikes
Monday, July 08, 2019
Crain's Chicago Business

Miscalculation leads to increased tax bills in Wheeling Township
Friday, July 05, 2019
Daily Herald

Judge rules state legislators violated Illinois Constitution by voting to freeze their pay
Wednesday, July 03, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Search: Chicago Property Tax Increases and Decreases by Ward
Wednesday, July 03, 2019
WTTW News

Millions in Cook County property tax refunds going to homeowners whose bills show no balance due
Monday, July 01, 2019
ABC 7 Chicago

Why 7,600 property owners in suburban Cook County are getting tax refunds
Monday, July 01, 2019
Daily Herald

$25 million in property tax refunds going to 25,000 owners
Monday, July 01, 2019
Special to suffredin.org

Illinois hiring hundreds to reduce Medicaid backlogs
Monday, July 01, 2019
Crain's Chicago Business

County health officials say IG report was ‘simply wrong’ even as commissioners plan hearings on system’s finances
Thursday, June 27, 2019
Chicago Tribune

all news items

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