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.

   
  Eighteen of the 20 largest banks in the world and more than 50 foreign banks have offices in Cook County.
   
     
     
     



Todd Stroger's PR blitz
COUNTY BOARD | Critic blasts president for adding consultant even though he has a staff that costs more than $1 million

Monday, April 07, 2008
Chicago Sun-Times
by STEVE PATTERSON

Cook County Board President Todd Stroger already spends more than $1 million a year on public relations, but that apparently isn't enough.

Stroger is set to bring on a p.r. consultant, records show, to help improve his image and that of the hospital system he runs.

But one critic wonders why Stroger needs outside consultants, as he's got 15 employees on his p.r. staff now, and an independent board will take over hospital operations in just a few weeks.

"Of the multitude of problems facing the health bureau, p.r. is the least of them," said Jay Stewart of the Better Government Association. "President Stroger should save the money, no matter how difficult that may be for the administration, and let the independent board decide how to use the money on things like actual health care services."

Stroger spokeswoman Ibis Antongiorgi wouldn't say what Stroger plans to spend on the consultant, or where the money will come from. Nine people responded to Stroger's request for proposals soliciting bids for the p.r. contract. Antongiorgi said the consultant will report to Stroger and his communications chief, Gene Mullins.

Mullins is taking a one-year leave from his city police job to work for Stroger, a childhood friend.

Antongiorgi said the contract is important, since "it is critical that we communicate with our poor and uninsured, letting them know what services are available to them."

Though five p.r. staffers are dedicated to health and hospital issues, she said the new consultant will begin "a comprehensive and strategic media outreach plan. We want to regain and maintain the confidence of our patients and residents."

Stroger's p.r. staff is larger than that of many other county governments across the country, records show, but it's hardly the most expensive.

Cook County Assessor Jim Houlihan's communications chief, Lucio Guerrero, makes more than $120,000, though he said he's also in charge of about a dozen people, heading up outreach and research.

Stroger's top p.r. staffer, Mullins, is budgeted to be paid $105,059 -- and Stroger still employs all of his former spokesmen in other, comparably salaried positions.

"The need for yet another p.r. consultant or staffer for President Stroger is ridiculous," Stewart said.



Recent Headlines

Cook County Assessment Appeals Caused Backlog at PTAB and Spike in Refunds According to New Report
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Special to suffredin.org

Program helps Cook County Jail inmates reconnect with their children
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Fox 32 Chicago

County assessor nixes help wanted request to commissioners after watchdog raises concerns
Monday, June 24, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County forest district poised to regain 400-acre Barrington Hills farm, but foreclosed owners hope hemp crop can bail them out
Monday, June 24, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Cook County forest district poised to regain 400-acre Barrington Hills farm, but foreclosed owners hope hemp crop can bail them out
Monday, June 24, 2019
Chicago Tribune

County assessor nixes help wanted request to commissioners after watchdog raises concerns
Monday, June 24, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Budget woes at Cook County health system threaten insurance program used by more than 300,000 residents
Friday, June 21, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Property tax pinch: Average North Sider’s bill to rise by $536, South Sider’s by $23
Friday, June 21, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Own property on Chicago’s North Side or central core? Expect a big tax hike
Friday, June 21, 2019
Chicago Tribune

If you live in these areas, your property taxes are about to soar
Thursday, June 20, 2019
Crain's Chicago Business

Cook County property tax bills posted online ahead of mailing, taxes due August 1
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
ABC Channel 7

Cook County Assessor’s Office asks commissioners to lend staff — and is told, yeah, we’re pretty busy
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County Health Program Focuses on ‘Whole Person Care’
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
WTTW News

Beekeeping Behind Bars: Inmates Raise Bees at Cook County Jail
Friday, June 14, 2019
WTTW News

Court rules county retirees entitled to health care no matter who last employer was
Thursday, June 13, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Prevent Illinois from being the next ground zero for measles
Thursday, June 13, 2019
Crain's Chicago Business

At Cook County Jail, Inmates Relax Their Minds, Bodies With Yoga
Thursday, June 06, 2019
Prison Mindfulness Institute

Illinois Dept. of Revenue Releases Final 2018 Cook County Equalization Factor
Thursday, June 06, 2019
JD Supra

Skokie drops recent proposal to opt out of Cook County minimum wage ordinance
Wednesday, June 05, 2019
Chicago Tribune

JAMA examines rising drug costs • CVS' ambitious transformation • Cook County extends Medicaid contract
Wednesday, June 05, 2019
Crain's Chicago Business

all news items

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