Suffredin- Changing County Government  
 

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 Law Library is the second largest County law library in the nation.
   
     
     
     



Political donors in line to run health system
COOK COUNTY | 16 of 20 seeking 9 slots give to pols, including Stroger

Monday, April 28, 2008
Chicago Sun-Times
by STEVE PATTERSON

For decades, the Cook County hospital system has been crippled by politics -- doctors, administrators, funding and programs have long needed the approval of political overseers before becoming part of the structure.

But in a matter of weeks, the troubled health care operation will be taken over by a group of nine outsiders, described by many as independent and non-political.

Campaign finance records show that the 20 candidates to fill those nine slots have contributed more than $200,000 to various Illinois politicians in the last nine years. Of that, they've delivered more than $25,000 to Cook County officials -- half donated to campaign committees supporting County Board President Todd Stroger and various members of the County Board.

Later this week, Stroger is set to announce which nine of those 20 he wants to sit on the hospital board -- though he could also reject all 20. Then it will be up to the County Board to approve or deny Stroger's choices.

Those 20 were presented to Stroger by another "independent" board, whose members were approved by Stroger and the County Board as part of the 2008 budget process.

'Act of free speech'

A Stroger spokeswoman said politics won't determine who is selected, adding it's "incorrect and illegal" to "infer that there is a direct connection between contributions to elected officials and the names submitted."

"A donation to an elected official is an act of free speech," Stroger spokeswoman Ibis Antongiorgi said.

Many of the nominees come from health care fields and, records show, they often support politically tied health care groups or causes.

Norman Bobins, chairman emeritus of LaSalle Bank Corp., has given more than anyone else -- $56,698 to state politicians -- while Warren Batts, retired CEO at Premark International, has given $56,400.

"I have no political leverage or baggage," Batts said, laughing. "I'm doing this because I want to be helpful."

Exelon executive Andrea Zopp has given the most to Stroger -- $1,500 -- while Bobins has given to more county officials -- $10,700 -- than the others. Neither could be reached.

Only four candidates have never contributed campaign funds in Illinois: Quin Golden, formerly of the state Department of Public Health; attorney Barbara Hillman; Heather O'Donnell of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, and James Stukel, former president of the University of Illinois.

Commissioners Tony Peraica and Larry Suffredin are among those who say they're reserving judgment on the potential for politics to influence the board.

WHO GAVE MOST

Of the 20 finalists to sit on a new nine-member board to oversee Cook County hospital operations, 16 have contributed money to Illinois politicians. The top political contributors since 1999:

* Norman Bobins, chairman emeritus, LaSalle Bank, $56,698

* Warren Batts, retired CEO, Premark International, $56,400

* Andrea Zopp, Exelon executive, $16,100

* Sister Sheila Lyne, CEO, Mercy Hospital, $16,010

* Benn Greenspan, UIC, $15,800



Recent Headlines

Woman, 19, arrested after escaping police custody at Cook County courthouse
Sunday, December 09, 2018
WLS ABC Chicago 7

Here's an exciting prospect: A boring assessor's office
Saturday, December 08, 2018
Crain's Chicago Business

Sheriff starts unique inmate program to combat Chicago's gun epidemic
Thursday, December 06, 2018
RTV 6 Indianapolis

Staff feud at tax appeals board turns nasty
Wednesday, December 05, 2018
Crain's Chicago Business

Cook County Tax Bills Posted Online Three Months Early
Wednesday, December 05, 2018
CBS Chicago

County Board makes it easier to choose Preckwinkle successor
Tuesday, December 04, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

New Cook County assessor vows end to favoritism as he takes office
Monday, December 03, 2018
Crain's Chicago Business

New Cook County Board members sworn in Monday
Monday, December 03, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Cook County referendums: 'Yes' to everything
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Chicago City Wire

Glenview to discuss Cook County minimum wage, paid sick leave ordinances in December
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Wilmette reverses course, fully adopts both county minimum wage and sick time rules
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Chicago Tribune

What Pritzker's minimum wage increase plan could mean for the suburbs
Monday, November 26, 2018
Daily Herald

Cook County sheriff’s vehicle struck during ISP pursuit on I-294
Sunday, November 25, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County 'Tails' program offers redemption for inmates, dogs
Thursday, November 22, 2018
Daily Herald

Cook County correctional officer owns bar where security guard Jemel Roberson shot by cop, officials say
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Chicago Tribune

More than 2 months after sisters were killed in crash with Cook County sheriff's officer, family still waits for answers
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Jail guard’s retaliation suit can proceed
Monday, November 19, 2018
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Northbrook will revisit Cook County minimum wage ordinance in May
Sunday, November 18, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Suffredin: County to seek 'safeguards' for golf course road
Friday, November 16, 2018
Evanston NOW

She's been waiting 15 months for her rape kit to be processed. A new proposal to track evidence aims to change that.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Chicago Tribune

all news items

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