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:  
   
 
 

Search current and proposed Cook County Legislation in Larry's exclusive legislative library.

   
 

The Cook County Code of Ordinances are the current laws of Cook County.

   
  Cook County was created on January 15, 1831 and named after Daniel P. Cook, Member of Congress and the first Attorney from the State of Illinois.
   
     
     
     



County Health System To Pass Into Hands Of Independent Board
Independent Board Has 3-Year Lifespan

Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Northwest Herald

CHICAGO -- The Cook County budget approved last week will not only bring higher sales taxes, it will also bring major changes for the county's health care system.

For the busy Cook County Bureau of Health Services, the change will be the biggest since the move to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital, NBC5's Charlie Wojciechowski reported.

 

In mid-May, the hospital and the rest of the county health care system will be under new management by an independent board of trustees. The board will have nine members who will be reimbursed for their expenses but will not be paid.

 

The health care management ordinance was part of a last-minute compromise that made possible the county's controversial budget, which passed Friday. The management change was celebrated Tuesday by Citizen/Action Illinois, a public interest group.

 

"We're taking the largest part of county government and we're transferring it away from the president's office, and we're putting it in the hands of professionals," said Larry Suffredin, a Cook County Board member and co-sponsor of the ordinance.

 

The management team will be chosen and approved by the Cook County Board on a fast-track timeline designed to address decades of problems with county health care. Sponsors of the ordinance are hopeful it will also help assuage more problems created by recent budget cuts.

 

We delivered about 80,000 less outpatient visits last year. We saw less patients overall," said Dr. Janice Benson, president of Stroger Hospital's medical staff.

 

Many of those patients sought out care at other local hospitals, Wojciechowski reported.

"We have to recognize, and I think our committee made it clear, that county (funding) going down meant huge negative impact on the private sector," said Dr. Quentin Young, the director of the Health and Medicine Policy Research Group.

 

Among the first priorities of the new health management team will be to restore the county's 15 community-based health clinics.

 

But three years from now, all the powers vested in the new independent board will expire. Suffredin said that expiration was placed purposely to give the Illinois General Assembly a chance to take county health care out of the county board's hands entirely.

"For the three years that this is up and running, that we are going to see it do such a good job that it would be political suicide for anyone to try to take it down if, perhaps, the General Assembly doesn't act," Suffredin said.

 

Community groups like Citizen/Action plan to closely monitor the independent trustee board's progress over its three-year life.



Recent Headlines

Cook County forest worker was going 76 mph in 30 mph zone, had THC in system during fatal crash while on job: prosecutors
Thursday, July 19, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Judge faces ‘tough day’ in court answering charges he brought loaded gun to work
Thursday, July 19, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

Preckwinkle, Evans end budget battle
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Crain's Chicago Business

How Transparent and Accountable Are Chicago, Cook County Governments?
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
WTTW Chicago Tonight

2 Cook County courthouses to close, employees spared layoffs under budget settlement: officials
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Troubled detainee at center of unusual court fight between Loyola hospital, Cook County
Monday, July 16, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Cook County Commissioners Confounded by Hiring of Health System Consultant
Monday, July 16, 2018
WBEZ Chicago Public Radio

Doctor fired by Cook County medical examiner now under the microscope in Indiana
Sunday, July 15, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

County officials defend Forest Preserves police in wake of man harassing woman over Puerto Rican flag shirt
Friday, July 13, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Familiar questions about ‘bystander effect’ arise after man berates woman for Puerto Rico shirt
Friday, July 13, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Berrios' analysts used Zillow, other shortcuts in assessing property values, documents show
Friday, July 13, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Northbrook to revisit Cook County paid sick leave policy after opting out last year
Friday, July 13, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Cook County Forest Preserves officials discuss officer's resignation
Friday, July 13, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Amid video fallout, Cook County Forest Preserve District reveals fatal crash involving worker and governmental truck
Friday, July 13, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Transformation in the outdoors
Friday, July 13, 2018
Special to suffredin.org

Forest preserve cop resigns after apparently failing to help woman being harassed over Puerto Rico shirt
Thursday, July 12, 2018
Chicago Tribune

5 things: A civics lesson on Puerto Rico after man rants about woman's flag T-shirt, questions citizenship
Thursday, July 12, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Cook County Commissioners: Get Rid of Forest Preserve Police
Thursday, July 12, 2018
WTTW Chicago Tonight

Schneider wants hearing over fatal crash blamed on Cook forest preserve driver
Thursday, July 12, 2018
Daily Herald

Man who harassed woman for Puerto Rican flag shirt charged with hate crime
Thursday, July 12, 2018
WLS ABC 7 Chicago

all news items

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