Suffredin- For a Better Cook County  
 

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.

   
  Cook County is the second most populous county in the nation. It is the 19th largest government in the U.S.
   
     
     
     



Clash clown.

Thursday, November 29, 2007
Chicago Sun-Times

Beavers wrong to inject race in county tax debate


Cook County Commissioner William Beavers likes to call himself "the hog with the big nuts." We think he's nuts, all right,
especially for injecting race into the county tax debate.


Beavers Tuesday claimed Cook County Board President Todd Stroger couldn't get his tax increase passed "because he's black." That's hogwash.


Beavers' argument belittles legitimate claims of racial discrimination by irresponsibly raising the issue of skin color in a fiscal discussion. Mayor Daley raised taxes, and nobody liked that white guy's idea, either.


Taxpayers of all colors are fed up with overtaxation in Chicago, in Cook County, in Illinois. You name it. Even Stroger, when he was trying to sell this page his big tax plan, admitted he didn't like taxes: "Nobody ever wants to pay taxes. I don't want to pay taxes. I don't care what it is," he said.


But if Stroger gets his way, county taxpayers -- who are already paying three-quarters of a cent on every dollar spent in Cook County -- would have the highest sales tax in the nation. Chicagoland can't become a playground only for the filthy rich, the ones who can shrug off paying a combined 11 percent sales tax. Stroger's additional 2 percent tax scheme would ultimately raise almost $1 billion in 2009. The county's 2008 shortfall is $239 million. Stroger promises he'll give back what he doesn't spend.


We're not buying that.


This whole budget scenario conjures a horror flick. And to borrow from Beaver's imagery, Stroger has let the political hog run wild after our money. Beavers is like some Hogzilla threatening people with the racist label if they disagree with Stroger's budget. It's almost as if Beavers is trying to convince us that black people are in favor of more taxes.


"That's ridiculous. There's a big backlash against Todd Stroger. He came in and cut a lot of people then went back to the old patronage system and put in his own people," said Alan Holman, 40, who is black and from the South Side. "The duplicity of the whole thing has turned a lot of people off. What Beavers said, that was playing the race card."


Anyone advocating new taxes in this economic downturn is going to be met with strong resistance, no matter what color his or her skin is. Notice that no presidential candidate is running on a ticket of raising income taxes. There's a reason.


Stroger needs to stop letting Beavers be his mouthpiece. He needs to denounce racial rhetoric and be the political tactician the public needs. Stroger must stand up for all taxpayers -- black, white, and brown. He's got to be his own man and defend his own plan. Daley did it: He didn't get a rubber stamp on his tax plan. More than 21 aldermen voted against his property tax. Some of the dissenters were black, white and Hispanic. Neither tax plan is about race.


Stroger should listen to what Daley said. "A leader can lead -- and a leader can also hear."


Will Henderson, an online consultant manager who is African American from South Shore, called Beavers' comment "absolutely stupid" and "blatantly racist . . . I think the budget is more so about green, not black or white -- it's about money."


And so do we.



Recent Headlines

Measles Exposure Reported in Chicago
Monday, May 20, 2019
WTTW News

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

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
WBEZ News

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 suffredin.org

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 suffredin.org

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.
^ TOP