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

 

   
 
   
   
 
   
     
  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 was created on January 15, 1831 and named after Daniel P. Cook, Member of Congress and the first Attorney from the State of Illinois.
   
     
     
     



County incapable of fixing juvenile center, critics say
'Some child is going to get hurt out there'

Thursday, May 31, 2007
Chicago Sun-Times
by ANNIE SWEENEY

With problems such as filthy rooms, dirty laundry and abusive staff at Cook County's juvenile detention center continuing to mount, youth advocates are tired of waiting for county leaders to fix the problems.
The ACLU of Illinois asked federal Judge John A. Nordberg to put the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center in receivership Wednesday. The move would give a court-appointed receiver -- a person or an organization -- independent authority to oversee reform.
The ACLU's push to take the center out of the county's hands came after an advocate learned in May that no apparent follow-up care was given to a child who had urinated in his cell and was found with a noose around his neck.
"That is a complete absence of leadership,'' attorney Thomas F. Geraghty said. "Some child is going to get hurt out there."
Experts fired
Geraghty has acted as a court-appointed "next friend'' of detention-center residents since 1999, when an ACLU lawsuit alleging widespread problems was filed. Three years later, the county agreed to make changes. In 2005, the ACLU went back to court and argued that no improvements had been made.
Nordberg asked both sides to work together to improve conditions.
But reports from an outside monitor have indicated that little, if anything, has changed.
In April, to cut the budget, the county fired two of the experts brought in to help make the changes.
"That facility has continued to deteriorate into chaos,'' said Cook County Commissioner Forest Claypool. "Yet there has been absolutely no leadership from [County Board President] Todd Stroger or anyone else in this county. The only people who ever had any reform credentials were ushered out the door.''
In a statement Wednesday, Stroger called the allegations "historical in nature" and not a reflection of the "current state of affairs.''
"In fact, in the last five months, the administration has worked to foster a renewed commitment to providing appropriate care and oversight,'' Stroger said.


Recent Headlines

Hospital system touts year's worth of achievements
Sunday, July 05, 2015
Daily Herald

Preckwinkle's pension-change fantasy
Thursday, July 02, 2015
Chicago Tribune

Commentary: Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer: I won't vote for a sales tax hike
Thursday, July 02, 2015
Chicago Tribune

Editorial: Nix the Toni Tax. Then fix Cook County.
Thursday, July 02, 2015
Chicago Tribune

Opinion: Cook County sales tax must be raised
Wednesday, July 01, 2015
Chicago Sun-Times

Mastercard, Visa stop escort ad payments
Wednesday, July 01, 2015
Chicago Sun-Times

Preckwinkle blames state lawmakers for proposed sales tax hike
Wednesday, July 01, 2015
Crain's Chicago Business

Cook County Jail Nurse Files Lawsuit Claiming She Was Fired For Blowing Whistle On Staff Stealing Medications
Wednesday, July 01, 2015
CBS local

Preckwinkle to move fast on sales tax hike
Wednesday, July 01, 2015
Chicago Tribune

Several forest preserve campgrounds reopening this summer
Wednesday, July 01, 2015
Chicago Tribune

Chicago police get some quiet help--from Sheriff Tom Dart
Wednesday, July 01, 2015
Crain's Chicago Business

Opinion: Cook County sales tax must be raised
Wednesday, July 01, 2015
Chicago Sun-Times

Who likes a sales tax hike? Not too many
Wednesday, July 01, 2015
Crain's Chicago Business

Commentary: Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer: I won't vote for a sales tax hike
Wednesday, July 01, 2015
Chicago Tribune

West suburban business leaders leery of proposed Cook County sales tax hike
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Chicago Tribune

Preckwinkle blames state lawmakers for proposed sales tax hike
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Crain's Chicago Business

Chicago transitional center, program for mentally disabled prison inmates helps them learn coping skills
Monday, June 29, 2015
The News-Sentinel

Misdiagnosis still covered for immunity
Monday, June 29, 2015
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Cook County Judge retiring after 15 years on the bench
Monday, June 29, 2015
Fox 32 Chicago

Vote could be close on Preckwinkle sales tax
Sunday, June 28, 2015
Chicago Tribune

all news items

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