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.

   
  The Cook County Forest Preserve District maintains over 70 miles of bicycle trails.
   
     
     
     



County joining city as immigrant haven?

Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Chicago Sun-Times
by ESTHER J. CEPEDA

Even as American towns like Hazelton, Pa., and northwest suburban Carpentersville are trying to enact
ordinances to curb illegal immigrants by cracking down on the employers and landlords who profit from
their presence, municipalities across the country are declaring themselves sanctuaries -- havens where
illegal aliens can live without fear that their immigration status will bar them from working or
receiving public benefits.

Today, Cook County might plant itself among the ranks.

A resolution -- which might be undone during today's Cook County Board meeting -- was approved two weeks
ago. If it stands, the "Fair and Equal County for Immigrants" resolution will echo the Chicago City
Council resolution and say that Cook County bureaus, offices, departments and employees are prohibited
from inquiring about or disclosing information about immigration status.

Under County Board procedures, any commissioner who initially voted "yes" for an ordinance can bring it
back to the floor for a re-vote. In this case Commissioner Gregg Goslin (R-Glenview) initially voted
"no" but changed his vote so the full board would be available to vote the measure down.

"He changed to a 'yes' to bring it back for consideration," said Commissioner Liz Gorman (R-Orland
Park), who said she would not support the resolution if the motion to reconsider gets the nine or more
votes necessary to bring the issue back on the table. "It's something that doesn't belong here in the
Cook County government, and it's something that gives a confusing signal to the undocumented workers."

The nonbinding resolution doesn't interfere with law enforcement agents investigating criminal activity
or with medical personnel who need Social Security numbers. But county workers would be prohibited from
asking for immigration papers during traffic stops or reporting suspected illegal immigrants to federal
authorities.

There is no evidence that illegal immigrants have been hectored by county workers about their
immigration status and the resolution doesn't specify what, if any, recourse illegal immigrants would
have if they were questioned about their immigration status.

"We are a country of immigrants regardless of complexion," said Commissioner Roberto Maldonado
(D-Chicago), who has been championing the measure and had floated his name as a candidate for Rep. Luis
Gutierrez's 4th Congressional District seat. "If workers don't obey, I don't know what victims can do.
We can only legislate actions, not attitudes."

A 2006 report by the Congressional Research Service said 32 cities including Houston, New York, Seattle,
Denver and San Francisco already offer sanctuary, mostly in the form of a "don't ask don't tell" policy,
for illegal immigrants. Los Angeles is believed to be the oldest sanctuary -- declared so in 1979.

Chicago joined the list in March 2006 by Mayor Daley's executive order that "no agent shall request
information about or otherwise investigate or assist in the investigation of citizenship or residency
status of any person unless such an inquiry or investigation is required by statute, ordinance, federal
regulation or court decision."

Outspoken Commissioner Tony Peraica (R-Riverside), himself a Croatian immigrant, may be the swing vote
-- last time around he only voted "present." If the board re-calls the vote, he may have the final word
on whether to kill the measure or let it stand.

"I'm inclined not to vote for it because it's a meaningless political stunt," Peraica said. "I don't see
it having the teeth that it's looking to bring.

"This immigration issue has been hijacked by the forces in the political marketplace, making it akin to
abortion, gun rights and flag desecration," he said. "The U.S. Constitution clearly states under Article
4 that immigration laws are solely reserved for U.S. Congress to determine. Any immigration resolutions
passed by a municipality, county, or state are in violations of the Constitution and effectively have no
weight."

Contributing: Steve Patterson



Recent Headlines

Forest Preserves of Cook County Events and Programs – February 2020
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Special to suffredin.org

Vacant For Decades, Cook County Hospital’s Transformation Into Hotel, Medical Offices Nearly Complete
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Block Club Chicago

New voting machines will be installed in Chicago and Cook County polling places in time for early voting and the March 17 primary election, officials say
Monday, January 27, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Cook County ethics board approves reforms as member resigns in protest of President Toni Preckwinkle’s move to replace chair
Friday, January 24, 2020
Chicago Tribune

For property tax relief, reduce the cost of local government
Friday, January 24, 2020
Crain's Chicago Business

County's Board of Ethics takes aim at side gigs
Friday, January 24, 2020
Crain's Chicago Business

Flashback: Secret experiments in a Cook County preserve aided atomic bomb efforts — and left nuclear waste behind
Friday, January 24, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Cook County Health Needs A New CEO. Could Politics Get In The Way?
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
WBEZ News

Search for new Cook County Health CEO expected to take about 6 months
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Deadline for Senior Citizen Property Tax Deferral
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Special to suffredin.org

Kaegi: 'The embrace of a failed status quo makes no sense'
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Crain's Chicago Business

City Club of Chicago: Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
WGN Radio

Cook County Assessor Staying Below The Radar
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
WBBM Radio

Census hiring event Wednesday in Schaumburg
Monday, January 20, 2020
Daily Herald

Proposed health oversight shift not a ‘power grab,’ Cook County officials say
Thursday, January 16, 2020
Crain's Chicago Business

Cook County Cashes In On Legal Weed
Thursday, January 16, 2020
WBEZ News

Cook County OKs 3% marijuana tax
Thursday, January 16, 2020
Crain's Chicago Business

Preckwinkle looks to claw back some oversight of Cook County Health
Thursday, January 16, 2020
Crain's Chicago Business

Pace Announces Public Hearings on Proposed North Shore Service Changes
Thursday, January 16, 2020
Special to suffredin.org

Pot taxes in Chicago could be as high as 41% by July as county moves forward with 3% levy
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

all news items

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