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.

   
  The Cook County Forest Preserve District maintains over 70 miles of bicycle trails.
   
     
     
     



Demonstrators push Cook County to boost funding for health care
Cook County urged to restore funding

Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Chicago Tribune
by Deborah L. Shelton

About 350 doctors, patients and health-care workers rallied downtown at the Chicago Temple on Monday to press for increased funding for the Cook County Bureau of Health Services.

Chanting and waving placards, they urged county commissioners to restore funding from cuts imposed during last year's budget crunch.

Several physicians told rallygoers that patients face increasingly long waits for appointments and that working conditions for health professionals have worsened recently.

"We believe in the mission to provide effective care, with dignity and respect to all, regardless of the ability to pay," said Dr. Janice Benson, president of the medical staff at the county's Stroger Hospital. "Last year this mission was deeply threatened when the 10 percent budget cut resulted in the closure of clinics and the layoffs of scores of doctors, nurses and other frontline health providers."

Patient visits overall fell by 100,000 in 2007 as a result of clinic and staff cutbacks, Benson said.

"How many people with high blood pressure will have strokes or kidney failure because it's harder to see a doctor?" she asked. "How many diabetic patients will lose a foot because they could not get regular clinic appointments for monitoring their sugars?"

Dr. Clifton Clarke, chairman of the department of internal medicine at the county's Provident Hospital, described how asthma patients, fearful about losing health care, regularly barrage him with questions about whether the hospital will close and if he plans to leave.

Clarke said the quality of those patients' lives is strongly tied to the health care they receive.

"When they get control of their asthma, little-by-little, they get control of their lives," he said.

R&B, soul and gospel singer Otis Clay, who lives in Chicago, told the group he sought care at Stroger Hospital just last month when he learned he had a life-threatening clogged artery. "I couldn't think of any place better to go," Clay told the crowd. "This is something that we really and truly need."

The group later circled the Cook County Building in the cold, holding signs and chanting: "Restore the budget. Now." The building was closed for Presidents' Day.

Sean Howard, a spokesman for the county health bureau, said County Board President Todd Stroger has proposed a budget that calls for a sales tax increase to fund restoration and retention of services, but it has been met with opposition from four commissioners.

"We understand that this is a crisis," Howard said. "The president does not want to see any further cuts imposed on this system."



Recent Headlines

Why some Cook County voters are still waiting for mail-in ballots
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Daily Herald

Editorial: Impact of COVID-19 emphasizes role of ACA in Cook County budgeting
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Daily Herald

Cook County tosses ‘lifeline’ to needy residents, opening housing voucher waiting list for first time since 2001
Monday, October 19, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Coronavirus in Illinois updates: COVID-19 cases on the rise in long-term care facilities; applications open for relief fund for restaurant workers
Monday, October 19, 2020
Chicago Tribune

For first time in nearly 20 years, Cook County opens suburban housing voucher waitlist. At least 10K people already applied.
Monday, October 19, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Editorial: Preckwinkle balances the county’s COVID budget. Next up, Lightfoot.
Monday, October 19, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Gov. J.B. Pritzker blames President Trump and his allies for coronavirus spike in Illinois
Sunday, October 18, 2020
Chicago Tribune

County Board President Toni Preckwinkle outlines $6.9 billion budget plan: ‘This pandemic has dealt Cook County and its residents a catastrophic blow’
Friday, October 16, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Preckwinkle touts restorative justice in budget that slashes court, jail funding: ‘We cannot police our way out’
Friday, October 16, 2020
The Daily Line

‘We Are In a New Wave of COVID-19’: Pritzker
Friday, October 16, 2020
WTTW News

Everything You Need To Know About Voting Drop Boxes In Illinois
Friday, October 16, 2020
WBEZ News

Pritzker Extends Ban on Evictions for 7th Month
Friday, October 16, 2020
WTTW News

Pritzker to extend eviction moratorium another 30 days: ‘Nothing really has changed’
Friday, October 16, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Record-high Illinois COVID-19 caseload, hospitalizations and positive test rate rising: ‘We are in a new wave
Friday, October 16, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

A Cook County budget built to ‘weather the storm’ — but the rain had better be moving on
Thursday, October 15, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Layoffs, cutting vacant jobs all part of Preckwinkle’s $6.9 billion budget plan to ride out COVID-19 storm
Thursday, October 15, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

6 more Cook County chief judge’s office employees test positive for COVID-19
Thursday, October 15, 2020
Fox 32 Chicago

Preckwinkle's good-news budget: No tax hikes, minimal layoffs
Thursday, October 15, 2020
Crain's Chicago Business

Politicians renew call to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day
Monday, October 12, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

13 more deaths, 2,742 new cases reported as Illinois’ coronavirus positivity rate ticks upward
Monday, October 12, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

all news items

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