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



County to fund immigrants' care
Oak Forest patients to be outsourced

Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Chicago Tribune
by Mickey Ciokajlo

Cook County will pay private nursing homes to care for undocumented immigrants who are currently staying at county-owned Oak Forest Hospital under contracts advanced Monday by a committee of the County Board.

County commissioners voted 9-3 to approve two three-year contracts totaling $18.8 million to outsource long-term and intermediate care for those patients. The county receives no state or federal reimbursements for them.
Despite the cost, officials estimate the move will save the county about $10 million a year as part of a significant restructuring in the Bureau of Health Services under board President Todd Stroger's budget that was approved earlier this year.

"This is the rock and the hard place," said Commissioner Jerry Butler (D-Chicago), chairman of the Health and Hospitals Committee that approved the contracts. "It's always difficult to try and do what we are doing now. But unless we do it, we will never know if it will work."

Stroger has also proposed outsourcing janitorial services at Oak Forest Hospital, laying off 96 workers at an estimated annual savings of $1.5 million. Commissioners have so far delayed that effort in hopes of finding another way to achieve the savings, possibly through union concessions.

Dr. Robert Simon, interim chief of the health bureau, said that as part of the plan to close the hospital's 220 long-term-care beds, dozens of the patients for whom the county receives reimbursements have already voluntarily been moved to private nursing homes.

Those patients agreed to be moved even though the county's application to decertify as a long-term-care facility is still pending before the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board, Simon said.

Oak Forest has about 30 long-term patients who are deemed "unfunded," nearly all of whom are undocumented immigrants, said Sylvia Edwards, the hospital's acting chief operating officer. They came into the county system for reasons such as suffering a traumatic accident or a debilitating work injury.

In addition, the hospital each day provides care for about 30 other undocumented immigrants who are in need of six to eight weeks of intensive therapy but will not remain in the facility long-term.

The two contracts with New York Boys Management LLC advanced Monday would place those unfunded patients in either a nursing home in Bridgeview or another on Chicago's Far South Side.

Commissioner Larry Suffredin (D-Evanston), who voted against the contracts, said he was concerned the county had already moved out some of its patients for whom it received reimbursements at a time when cash flow is a problem. Suffredin also questioned whether the county was placing itself in a position where it would be legally required to pay for the care of the unfunded patients, a cost that could escalate in future years.

"I believe that these contracts will in the end create a greater financial burden on Cook County," Suffredin said.

A separate contract to outsource janitorial services was heard Monday in the Labor Subcommittee, but Chairwoman Joan Murphy (D-Crestwood) did not call for a vote. Murphy said she plans to meet with the union in hopes of saving most of the jobs while still achieving the savings in Stroger's budget.

In other committee action Monday, the state's attorney's office informed the Finance Committee that Stroger's move to extend the reach of his inspector general's investigative powers to cover other countywide elected officials is likely unconstitutional. A Stroger spokeswoman said he is seeking another legal opinion from outside counsel.

Also, the Finance Committee advanced changes to the county ethics code to require the Cook County assessor's office and the Board of Review to post information about property-tax appeals on their Web sites. A separate change to the code would make lobbyists, tax lawyers and zoning lawyers who do business with the county fall under the same campaign contribution limits as other contractors, which is $1,500 annually or $3,000 in an election year.



Recent Headlines

Pappas: There's help for senior citizens struggling to pay Cook County property taxes
Friday, December 14, 2018
Special to suffredin.org

Cook County Public Guardian sues DCFS: “Abject moral and human rights failure”
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Capitol Fax

Borrow $10B to help stabilize city pensions along with legal pot, casino and benefit cuts: Rahm
Thursday, December 13, 2018
The Daily Line

CTA Moves Forward with Major Red Line Projects:
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Special to suffredin.org

Cook County repeals lower parking-app tax rate
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Crain's Chicago Business

How local suburbs voted in Cook County minimum wage/paid sick leave advisory referenda
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
The Bugel

Cook County restores tax on parking apps before January cut took effect
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Chicago Tribune

County Board to take on taxes,toilets at Wednesday meeting
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

PRECKWINKLE’s tax tweak — Details on BURKE raids — State REPUBLICANS look for hope — SUMMERS’ tirade
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Illinois Politico

Woman, 19, arrested after escaping police custody at Cook County courthouse
Sunday, December 09, 2018
WLS ABC Chicago 7

Here's an exciting prospect: A boring assessor's office
Saturday, December 08, 2018
Crain's Chicago Business

Sheriff starts unique inmate program to combat Chicago's gun epidemic
Thursday, December 06, 2018
RTV 6 Indianapolis

Staff feud at tax appeals board turns nasty
Wednesday, December 05, 2018
Crain's Chicago Business

Cook County Tax Bills Posted Online Three Months Early
Wednesday, December 05, 2018
CBS Chicago

County Board makes it easier to choose Preckwinkle successor
Tuesday, December 04, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

New Cook County assessor vows end to favoritism as he takes office
Monday, December 03, 2018
Crain's Chicago Business

New Cook County Board members sworn in Monday
Monday, December 03, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Cook County referendums: 'Yes' to everything
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Chicago City Wire

Glenview to discuss Cook County minimum wage, paid sick leave ordinances in December
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Wilmette reverses course, fully adopts both county minimum wage and sick time rules
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Chicago Tribune

all news items

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