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.

Cook Board officials' Hawaii trip under fire

Thursday, June 09, 2005
Chicago Tribune
by Mickey Ciokajlo

Cook County Board President John Stroger and several commissioners are attending a conference next month in Hawaii, prompting some of their colleagues to question the expense and appearances of the trip.

Stroger is taking along five staff members, at a cost of about $10,000, because Cook County is hosting the annual National Association of Counties conference next year, spokeswoman Caryn Stancik said.

Five commissioners also said Wednesday that they planned to attend the conference, most of them taking at least one staff member with them.

Most of the commissioners argued that they are active in the association and regularly attend its conferences, regardless of the location.

Commissioner Joan Murphy (D-Crestwood) said she is taking two staff members who will help staff the booth Cook County is required to have on display as the 2006 host.

Still, Murphy said she recognized that some may criticize county employees attending a conference in Hawaii, and she has decided to pay her staffers' airfare and lodging out of her own pocket.

"We are having money problems at the county. I don't want to add to it," Murphy said.

Commissioners Jerry Butler, Deborah Sims and Bobbie Steele, all Chicago Democrats, are also taking staff members with them to the conference. Steele and Sims have both been active with the association for years.

"Cook County ought to be happy to have somebody active at the national level," Steele said.

Stroger, a past president of the association, serves on its board, along with Commissioners Roberto Maldonado (D-Chicago) and Carl Hansen (R-Mt. Prospect). Maldonado is attending the conference, but Hansen said he is still undecided.

Commissioner Mike Quigley (D-Chicago) said he attended one of the association's conferences years ago and did not find it worth the time or money.

"At a time when you're in fiscal crisis, it's like rubbing salt in the wound to go to Hawaii," Quigley said.

Recent Headlines

Thursday, May 16, 2019
Special to

Cook County Assessorís Office Publicly Releases Residential Assessment Code and Models
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Special to

EDITORIAL: Long in the MWRD pipeline, IG plan needs a yes vote
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County Health Cuts Ribbon on Outpatient Center in Arlington Heights
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Daily Herald

Celebrate Earth Day with the Forest Preserves of Cook County
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Special to

Homeowners in Chicago have just a few weeks to get current on their 2017 property taxes - or risk losing their homes. WBEZís Odette Yousef reports.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
WBEZ Chiacgo Public Radio

Editorial: The Foxx-Smollett questions for Inspector General Blanchard
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Cook County pet owners warned of spring coyote dangers
Monday, April 15, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County inspector general to review prosecutors' handling of Jussie Smollett case
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Foxx requests Cook County IG investigation into handling of Jussie Smollett case
Friday, April 12, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

A challenge to one of Chicago's biggest draws for companies
Friday, April 12, 2019
Crain's Chicago Business

What Evanston's assessments tell us about the new assessor's new math
Friday, April 12, 2019
Crain's Chicago Business

$3.85 million granted in lawsuit against ex-Cook County forest preserve worker charged in fatal on-the-job crash
Thursday, April 11, 2019
Chicago Tribune

A Day in the Life of a Cook County Burn Crew
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

EDITORIAL: Splitting up the regionís sanitation board is an idea that stinks
Monday, April 08, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Lawmakers Look To Keep 10-Year-Olds Out Of Jail
Thursday, April 04, 2019

Property Tax Workshops Help Homeowners Appeal Assessments
Wednesday, April 03, 2019
Evanston RoundTable

Large crowds of Evanston residents turn out to appeal property tax assessments
Tuesday, April 02, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Family of slain cabbie accuses Cook County state's attorney's office of dodging FOIA request
Monday, April 01, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Property Tax Appeal Seminar Set For New Trier Township Residents
Monday, April 01, 2019
Journal and Topics Online

all news items

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