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

 

   
 
   
   
 
   
     
  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 has the largest unified trial court system in the world, disposing over 6 million cases in 1990 alone.
   
     
     
     



DCFS probes juvenile center. Teen alleges assault by a staff member at troubled facility.

Saturday, April 14, 2007
Chicago Tribune
by Mary Owen and Ofelia Casillas

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is investigating an allegation of abuse at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, which is already under court supervision for past reports of violence and poor conditions, officials said Friday.

The 13-year-old boy alleged he was assaulted by a staff member last week and sustained injuries to his chin and side.

"DCFS received a report of this incident on April 9 and has initiated an abuse investigation," said agency spokesman Kendall Marlowe.

The boy's mother told the Tribune the staff member became angry when her son did not finish his meal and slammed him against a table and then onto the floor.

A source familiar with the situation said the staff member said he was restraining the child, who fought back, and both fell to the floor. The staff member, who has not been identified, has been temporarily reassigned to duty that does not involve direct contact with the teenage residents of the center, county officials said.

The boy has been at the detention center since February, his mother said, after he allegedly stabbed another child who was part of a group that, she said, had attacked her son.

The mother said she has filed a complaint with the facility, where the boy is still being held.

"If I hurt my kid like this, I would go to jail," the boy's mother said

Jennifer Koehler, spokeswoman for Cook County Board President Todd Stroger, said detention officials reported the incident to both DCFS and the Cook County inspector general.

"To ensure consistent treatment of incidents like this in the future, President [Todd] Stroger is hiring a full-time investigator," Koehler said. "It shouldn't be too much longer before we hire someone."

The lack of an investigator contributes to the problem, said American Civil Liberties Union attorney Benjamin Wolf, who said violence has plagued the center for years.

"The whole system for investigating abuse is still broken," Wolf said. "There are things out there that happen and they are still not adequately responded to. It's as bad as it ever was."


Recent Headlines

Mentally ill woman back in jail where she doesn't belong
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Chicago Sun-Times

The look they're going for is 'innocent'
Monday, April 20, 2015
Chicago Sun-Times

The county's unclaimed dead receive 'dignity in death' in archdiocese's donated graves
Sunday, April 19, 2015
Chicago Sun-Times

Anita Alvarez aims at treatment instead of prosecution for misdemeanor pot possession
Sunday, April 19, 2015
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County Jailís book limit under fire
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

FOREST PRESERVES OF COOK COUNTY PRESIDENT TONI PRECKWINKLE CELEBRATES EARTH DAY AT KICKAPOO WOODS IN RIVERDALE
Friday, April 17, 2015
Special to suffredin.org

Cook County Board passes Resolution Honoring the 47th Anniversary of the Federal Fair Housing Act
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Special to suffredin.org

Fannie, Freddie to discount blighted homes in Chicago, Cook County
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Chicago Tribune

FOREST PRESERVES OF COOK COUNTY APPROVES LAND ACQUISITION IN PALOS PARK
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Special to suffredin.org

BOATHOUSE CONCESSIONS TO EXPAND
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Special to suffredin.org

Tree-clearing turns Chicago area's forest preserves into prairie preserves
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Chicago Tribune

High court ruling prompts resentencing in Cook County
Monday, April 13, 2015
Chicago Tribune

Sentenced to prison and sent home the same day
Monday, April 13, 2015
Chicago Tribune

When the Punishment No Longer Fits the Crime: Cook County and Illinois Seeking Solutions to Broken Criminal-justice System
Friday, April 10, 2015
Huffington Post

Dart: Prison population will jump because of Rauner's cuts to social programs
Wednesday, April 08, 2015
Chicago Tribune

Cook County to spend $38 million on summer road construction projects
Wednesday, April 08, 2015
Chicago Sun-Times

23rd Annual Garlic Mustard Pull in Perkins Woods Saturday May 2, 2015
Wednesday, April 08, 2015
Special to suffredin.org

Dog flu linked to 5 pet deaths in Illinois
Tuesday, April 07, 2015
ABC7 News

At Cook County morgue, no more body backlogs
Saturday, April 04, 2015
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County cautions dog owners about recent surge in canine flu
Saturday, April 04, 2015

all news items

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