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 Chicago Board of Trade and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange trade 60% of the world futures contracts.
   
     
     
     



Revitalizing the health system

Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Chicago Journal
by MONICA DILLON

One View
Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin is a reformer. A reformer is a politician who has the guts to do what no one else wants to do.

Forging a compromise with County Board Todd Stroger to reform the County's failing health care system will save taxpayers big money in the future. By investing in an independent board to oversee the Bureau of Health Services, federal and state legislators are more likely to release additional health care dollars to the Cook County Health Care system.

For years, I have witnessed the persistent efforts of our 13th District Cook County Commissioner to improve access to health care for his uninsured and underinsured constituents. In the past, Commissioner Suffredin has encouraged health care activists and community residents to testify at the Cook County budget hearings, to the lack of access to health care in the Northeast region of Cook County. To date, the 13th Cook County District has never received any health care services from the county, and remains the only Cook County District to never have a Cook County Clinic within its borders.

Four years ago, after realizing the shambles the Cook County Health System was in, Commissioner Suffredin encouraged constituents in his district to continue to work toward county health care reform while also advising us to pursuit other sources of government funding for our community's health care needs. The Rogers Park community, which lies along the southern border of the 13th District has been designated a Medically Underserved Community and a physician shortage area by the federal government since 2001. It is estimated that over one third of our community's residents are uninsured or underinsured.

Because Commissioner Suffredin's vision and concern for the immediate needs of his district, he helped community partners in Rogers Park apply for federal funding for a federally qualified health center (FQHC). On February 4, the new Heartland Health Rogers Park Health Center opened its doors to serve the uninsured and the insured. The commissioner facilitated a couple years of monthly planning meetings, assisted with completing a lengthy community health assessment and supported community partners every step of the way.

More recently, the commissioner worked to help develop the "Emergency Network to Save Cook County Services." The Emergency Network is a coalition comprised of over 50 community groups and organizations from around the county dedicated to restoring quality health care services to the residents of Cook County. The Emergency Network fully supported Commissioner Suffredin's Emergency Trustee proposal to recruit and appoint an independent board of qualified health care administrators to oversee operations throughout the Cook County Health System in an effort gain public trust, oversee health care system reform and ensure sound fiscal management.

Commissioner Suffredin is a reformer who knows how to mobilize his own district to get the health care dollars we need to take care of our community. By negotiating the appointment of an independent board of professionals to responsibly oversee the management of one of the largest public health care system in the nation, Commissioner Suffering has paved the way for additional state and federal funding of the Cook County health care system.

Monica Dillon is a public health nurse and one of the founders of Neighbors for a Healthy Rogers Park, a grass roots organization dedicated to building a healthy and sustainable community.



Recent Headlines

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle proposes raising Forest Preserves budget next year with rainy day funds
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Delays leave suburban Cook voters wondering if their ballots will count
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Illinois orders tighter restrictions on bars, restaurants and gatherings in several suburban counties as coronavirus positivity rates rise
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Chicago Tribune

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

'COVID fatigue' blamed for second surge in coronavirus cases; Chicago health experts warn people not to let their guard down
Monday, October 19, 2020
WLS ABC 7 Eyewitness News

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

all news items

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