Suffredin- Changing County Government  

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.

Health bureau chief says patients will die

Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Daily Southtown
by Jonathan Lipman

If the Cook County health system doesn't get an extra $119 million more in 2008, patients in the area will start to sicken and die from lack of care, the health bureau chief who has orchestrated recent budget cuts said.
"People will suffer, there's no question," health bureau chief Robert Simon said Tuesday. "If there's not enough funding ... people are probably going to die ... for lack of care."
In a presentation to the county board, health officials said they won't be able to meet their 2007 budget targets. The health bureau will be an estimated $19.5 million over budget on expenses and $35.8 million under budget on revenue for 2007.
But even with those overruns, Simon said he has slashed $107 million from what had been an $845 million health system. And while those cuts did some good, he begged the county board to find a way to restore some of that funding for 2008.
"The cuts ... have caused a lot of good changes. All those (cuts) you saw to the management? We should have done that a long time ago," Simon said. "Those won't be put back. We've taken out all of the garbage."
Instead, Simon said he wants the additional money to beef up primary care services that were cut this year, increase the number of hip and joint replacements the county can perform and hire better middle managers to boost hospital revenue.
"There's just no way to operate the bureau of health and restore some of the critical service cuts without an additional $119 million," Simon said.
Simon made a passionate plea to the board that the county health is a worth saving. He said the health bureau did more with less than neighboring private hospitals, citing as an example cancer survival rates that were higher than the national average.
"This is really the Mayo Clinic of public hospitals," Simon said.
Simon said he hasn't been able to meet his budget target this year because the state wouldn't sign off on some of the hospital consolidations and because layoffs have been delayed by contract demands.
Patient fee collections -- which the county has lagged on for years -- have improved slower than expected as Simon's new management team continues to find problems with the county billing system.
"We're stumbling over these things every day," health bureau chief operating officer Tom Glaser said.

Recent Headlines

Measles Exposure Reported in Chicago
Monday, May 20, 2019

News from the Cook County Health System
Friday, May 17, 2019
Special to

Cook County Health Recognizes Mental Health Awareness Month
Thursday, May 16, 2019
Daily Herald

Skokie plans for road improvements near Edens Expressway: 'It’s desperately needed'
Thursday, May 16, 2019
Skokie Review

5 Chicago hospitals earn D grades for patient safety in new report, Northwestern slips to a B
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: Backward Glances
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Cook County Eliminated Its Gang Database, But Advocates Say Harm Continues
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

New Cook County Housing Authority Proposal Targets the 'Missing Middle'
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Evanston RoundTable

Census Citizenship Question Could Hurt Citizens, Noncitizens Alike
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
WBEZ Chicago Public Radio

News from Friends of the Forest Preserves
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Special to

Cook County commissioners get earful about soon-to-be-destroyed gang database
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Detainee dies days after suicide attempt at Cook County jail
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Curious City How Chicago Women Created The World’s First Juvenile Justice System
Monday, May 13, 2019
WBEZ Chicago Public Radio

Cook County report: Sharp drop in jail population, but crime did not jump
Friday, May 10, 2019
Injustice Watch

Will Cook County be home to the next big measles outbreak? Researchers think so.
Friday, May 10, 2019
Chicago Tribune

May is Prime Time for Birding in the Forest Preserves of Cook County
Thursday, May 09, 2019
Special to

More Babies Are Illegally Abandoned Than Turned Over Through Illinois’ Safe Haven Law In Cook County
Thursday, May 09, 2019
CBS Chicago

Empty businesses may lose county tax incentives
Wednesday, May 08, 2019
Homewood-Flossmoor Chronicle

As new DCFS report highlights failures, Cook County guardian says 'inept' child welfare agency is ‘not doing its job ... at every level’
Tuesday, May 07, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Cook County passes bill to stop discrimination against tenant applicants
Tuesday, May 07, 2019
Chicago Crusader

all news items

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