Suffredin- Changing County Government  
 

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.

   
  Last year more people used the County's forest preserves than visited Yellowstone National Park.
   
     
     
     



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

Old Cook County Hospital on track to become next city landmark
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Free Radioactive Radon Test Kits From Cook County
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Special to suffredin.org

Toni Preckwinkle and county watchdog at odds over political travel reimbursements
Friday, January 11, 2019
Chicago Tribune

2 Cook County judges — one cleared of gun charge, one reassigned for anger management — to return to bench at criminal court
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Chicago Tribune

It's been a bad decade for property taxes
Wednesday, January 09, 2019
Crain's Chicago Business

Bond court reform has not put more violent offenders back on the street
Wednesday, January 09, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Glenview pushes minimum wage, paid sick leave discussion to next week
Tuesday, January 08, 2019
Chicago Tribune

How Fritz Kaegi Plans to Transform the Cook County Assessor’s Office
Friday, January 04, 2019
WTTW Chicago Tonight

Cook County Health recognizes Cervical Health Awareness Month
Friday, January 04, 2019
Special to suffredin.org

2 neighborhood courthouses close: 'You’re discouraging citizens from going to court'
Friday, January 04, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Campaign money tied to Ald. Edward Burke’s alleged extortion scheme was intended for County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, sources say
Thursday, January 03, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Cook County, parking operators in dispute over possibly millions in back taxes that could leave consumers pinched
Thursday, January 03, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Preckwinkle pursues back taxes from parking lot operators
Wednesday, January 02, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

30K Cook County homeowners to get $8.3M in automatic property tax refunds
Monday, December 31, 2018
Special to suffredin.org

2019 preview: Glenview to consider minimum wage
Monday, December 31, 2018
Chicago Tribune

'If I can do this, you can do this': Cook County judges inspire students of similar backgrounds
Thursday, December 27, 2018
Chicago Tribune

The Price Tag Of Freedom For Hundreds Of Non-Violent Cook County Inmates Is Less Than $2,000
Thursday, December 27, 2018
CBS Chicago

Give the Gift of Nature
Thursday, December 27, 2018
Special to suffredin.org

Why those 19 inmates were in Cook County Jail
Wednesday, December 26, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

Medical examiner slow to review cases of fired pathologist who missed a murder
Wednesday, December 26, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

all news items

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