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Kudos in Budget Crisis For Commissioner Suffredin

Wednesday, April 02, 2008
Special to suffredin.org
by Mary F. Morton
Letter to the Editor

As an organization committed to advocating on behalf of women and girls and their full access to health information and services, we applaud Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin (D-Evanston), who helped forge a compromise package with President Todd Stroger to resolve the recent budget crisis.
Commissioner Suffredin successfully negotiated a plan that halved the proposed sales tax increase and linked it to an ordinance establishing independent governance to oversee the Bureau of Health Services.

Commissioner Suffredin wisely steered the Bureau toward a course of sustained viability and growth. An independent Cook County Bureau of Health Directors will be a major step forward in restoring lost health services and raising the quality of care for patients. This ordinance also will allow experienced and highly competent professionals to operate our large and complex health-care system. Their loyalties to the Bureau and its patients will be undivided.

Commissioner Suffredin's courageous steps prevented the potential shutdown of all services of the County Government -- including hospitals, courts and the County Jail --which would have adversely affected all residents, especially those with no other safety nets.

In the long run, county taxpayers will save millions of dollars because the system will be run by health-care professionals

- Mary F. Morton, Interim Executive Director, Chicago



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