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 first blood bank in the world was established at Cook County Hospital by Dr. Bernard Fantus in 1937.
   
     
     
     



Deal keeps Cook Co. public defender on the job

Monday, May 19, 2008
Daily Herald
by Rob Olmstead

A last-minute deal will avoid a public showdown today between Cook County Board President Todd Stroger and Public Defender Edwin Burnette.

Burnette will keep his job after the two reached some sort of agreement Monday that will avoid a public hearing today before the Cook County Board on Burnette's dismissal, said Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin, who said he had spoken to Burnette Monday.

Stroger spokesman Eugene Mullins confirmed that Monday evening, boasting in a news release that Stroger dropped his bid to fire Burnette after Burnette agreed to obey policy and legislative provisions set down by Stroger and the county board.

Stroger had moved to fire Burnette after Burnette filed suit against Stroger, challenging Stroger's cuts in the office and revealing some of Stroger's patronage practices.

Whether Burnette will drop his lawsuit remained unclear.

Although Mullins sought to portray it as a victory for Stroger, commissioners speculated Monday that public pressure on Stroger in part had led to the agreement.

Burnette was ready to air even more dirty laundry on hiring practices had the public hearing gone forward today, sources said.

In addition to avoiding that embarrassment, Stroger also faced a backlash from his own political base, the black community on the South Side of Chicago.

Burnette, a former Marine who graduated from Annapolis, was supported in his fight by the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who had personally lobbied Cook County commissioners to vote to retain Burnette, even if the vote was non-binding.

That backlash, combined with the possibility of an embarrassing public fight and the removal of Burnette from his job just a few months early, may have convinced Stroger that the political cost was not worth the ever-diminishing returns.

Commissioners contacted Monday before the deal was announced indicated there were nine votes in place to make the hearing a public one rather than a closed-door session. Burnette himself had asked for a public hearing rather than a private one.



Recent Headlines

Illinois Supreme Court sets civil, criminal fee schedule
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Seniors: Are your Cook County property taxes delinquent? Your home could be at risk
Thursday, February 14, 2019
WLS Abc 7 Chicago

Editorial: Look out, taxpayers: When governments have more pensioners than employees
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Hundreds of accused criminals on electronic monitoring are missing
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
ABC Channel 7

Glenview adopts Cook County minimum wage and sick leave ordinances, effective July 1
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Lawsuit over property tax assessments survives challenge
Monday, February 11, 2019
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

EXPERIENCE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF THE FOREST PRESERVES THROUGHOUT WINTER
Thursday, February 07, 2019
Special to suffredin.org

Cook County Jail detainee dies at Stroger Hospital
Thursday, February 07, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office Says Its Gang Database Is on Lockdown, but Questions Remain
Thursday, February 07, 2019
Pro Publica

Charges dismissed against man accused of threatening judge
Thursday, February 07, 2019
Daily Herald

Double Down: Twin Brothers Rehabbing Chicago
Wednesday, February 06, 2019
Chicago Defender

Slowik: Residents, officials celebrate rehab work at public housing sites
Wednesday, February 06, 2019
Daily Southtown

Class action: Evanston can't charge 'convenience fees' to people paying tickets online
Wednesday, February 06, 2019
Cook County Rercord

390 arrested in nationwide prostitution sting, including 38 in Cook County
Wednesday, February 06, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

As we build a road, we will protect the forest preserves
Wednesday, February 06, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Campaign to weed out European buckthorn across the suburbs
Tuesday, February 05, 2019
Northwest Herald

Airbnb hosts in Cook County earned $109 million last year: report
Monday, February 04, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County senior exemption deadline extended
Monday, February 04, 2019
Daily Herald

Decadelong legal battle over Barrington Hills horse farm — eyed as huge forest preserve — may be nearing resolution
Monday, February 04, 2019
Chicago Tribune

EDITORIAL: Protect iconic forest preserve from concrete overkill
Sunday, February 03, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

all news items

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