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.

   
  Eighteen of the 20 largest banks in the world and more than 50 foreign banks have offices in Cook County.
   
     
     
     



'A real violation of the public's trust'
Not all commissioners cut their budgets as required

Monday, October 01, 2007
Special to suffredin.org
by STEVE PATTERSON

The mandate to Cook County officials last year was clear:
Cut 17 percent from your budgets, or the County Board will do it for you.
But records show not all County Board members followed that edict themselves.
DID THEY MAKE THE CUT? 2006 2007 %
WHO OFFICE BUDGET OFFICE BUDGET DECREASE
Earlean Collins $354,130 $348,519 1.5%
Robert Steele $361,146 $304,648 15%
Jerry Butler $377,417 $307,424 18.5%
William Beavers* $394,891 $334,795 15%
Deborah Sims $384,643 $331,588 14%
Joan Murphy $367,215 $314,693 14%
Joseph M. Moreno $357,539 $304,509 15%
Roberto Maldonado $376,246 $310,955 17%
Peter Silvestri $389,180 $331,660 15%
Mike Quigley $373,575 $309,459 17%
John Daley** $587,288 $466,557 20%
Forrest Claypool $364,107 $301,026 17%
Larry Suffredin $356,490 $299,506 16%
Gregg Goslin $386,002 $320,383 17%
Tim Schneider $376,921 $312,844 17%
Tony Peraica $363,941 $310,678 15%
Liz Gorman $356,787 $309,571 13%
President's office $3,067,135 $2,542,504 17%
* 2006 figure includes an $85,000 salary that was not taken by then-Commissioner John Stroger, as he had a president's salary.
** As finance chairman, Daley controls a district budget and finance budget. SOURCE: Cook County government
While most made sacrifices by cutting thousands of dollars from their office budgets, laying off employees or taking furlough days, Commissioner Earlean Collins hardly cut anything at all from her budget.
"No, I didn't cut 17 percent," she said. "I had my reasons. But I'm not getting into that with you."
Collins recently said it's necessary for her to retain her own attorney, providing legal advice, because she doesn't always trust advice from the state's attorney, who is the board's attorney.
Tensions have been building on the board in recent weeks, leading toward a possible vote today on a sales tax hike.
That has plenty of dirty laundry being aired, as it was disclosed at a recent board meeting that not all commissioners had made equal sacrifices in the last budget.
'We had to face that pain'
"Shame on you, whoever you are," said Commissioner Joan Murphy, who has bemoaned the 52 unpaid days she and her staff have taken.
Other elected officials who saw their budgets hammered last year declined comment.
They aren't yet being asked to cut at all this year and must come before the board for 2008 funds in a few weeks.
"The bottom line is, if we as a board don't sacrifice to set the example, that's a real violation of the public's trust," said Commissioner Mike Quigley, who laid off a staffer to meet the mandate. "We had to face that pain, and I'd expect the same out of all of my colleagues."


Recent Headlines

Re: Property Taxes IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM COMMISSIONER SUFFREDIN
Thursday, May 16, 2019
Special to suffredin.org

What's at stake in latest census numbers
Monday, April 22, 2019
Crain's Chicago Business

Legislation aims to make water rates across Illinois more affordable and equitable
Monday, April 22, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Dorothy Brown worker who allegedly lied to federal grand jury set for trial
Sunday, April 21, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Time is running out for an affordable housing fix
Friday, April 19, 2019
Crain's Chicago Business

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

Women Prisoners in Cook County Jail Curate Global Film Festival
Thursday, April 18, 2019
WBEZ Chicago Public Radio

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 suffredin.org

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

Vote for your favorite presidential candidate. The Illinois Democratic County Chairís Association wants to know who you want to be the Democratic nominees for President and Vice President. Vote here.
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
WTTW News

all news items

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