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Cook County immigration measure withdrawn.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Daily Herald
by Rob Olmstead

A day after they angered a commissioner to the point that he denounced them, Cook
County administration allies quietly backed down Tuesday from an effort to intimidate
him into supporting a county sales tax increase.

With no comment, Commissioner Bill Beavers Tuesday pulled a board agenda item he had
sponsored that would have revoked the so-called immigration "sanctuary" resolution
that guarantees county services to county residents regardless of their immigration
status.

Commissioner Roberto Maldonado, whose vote the administration needed to pass its
proposed 2 percentage-point sales tax increase, said Beavers and administration Chief
of Staff Lance Tyson had threatened to revoke the resolution unless Maldonado voted
with them.

The sanctuary resolution was passed earlier this year under Maldonado's sponsorship
and is a major credential for him with his largely Latino constituency.

He denounced Cook County Board President Todd Stroger and Tyson Monday and refused to
vote with them on the tax increase. As a result, Stroger couldn't garner the votes and
his ally, Commissioner Joan Murphy, was forced to pull the tax increase from
consideration.

Tuesday, Maldonado said the pulling of the agenda item made no difference in his
estranged relationship with the Stroger administration.

Before he'll deal with the administration on any tax increase, Maldonado said Tuesday
afternoon, it will have to promise to help him strengthen his resolution into an
ordinance, he said.

Maldonado said he had several other conditions, but would not disclose them publicly.



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