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



Consulting Deal Sweeter Than Acknowledged for Former Health Bureau Head

Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Chicatgo Public Radio
by Ben Calhoun

Turns out the retired head of the Cook County Health Bureau is making more money contracting with the county than was previously acknowledged. Chicago Public Radio has learned that Dr. Robert Simon is making more than twice as much as Board President Todd Stroger previously said he would.

View a copy of Dr. Robert Simon's contract detailing his role as a consultant to an independent health board.

Simon was the head of the health bureau, which runs the county’s system of public hospitals and clinics. In April, he resigned after the county board voted to put the bureau under the control of a new independent health board.

While he was officially off the job, it was soon learned that he would be hired on as a consultant. That caused a stir because Simon has close ties to the Stroger family. And because at the time the Stroger administration indicated that Simon would be paid about $6,000 per month.

A copy of Simon’s contract, obtained by Chicago Public Radio now reveals he’s actually making more than twice that much—more than $14,000 per month.

CLAYPOOL: When President Stroger initially made this announcement, he made no indication that Dr. Simon would be staying on.

Commissioner Forrest Claypool is one of board members who were taken aback by Simon’s consulting deal and by indications from sources inside county government that Simon continues to have a very influential role over day-to-day activities at the bureau.

Claypool says the revelations about Simon’s payment only add to his concerns.

CLAYPOOL: The system has been run incompetently and is in freefall and the independent health board hopefully can change that. But in the meantime having the leader of the system that’s failed continuing to manage it in the meantime contrary to what President Stroger promised is troubling, particularly at a cost to taxpayers of almost $200,000 per year.

While Simon’s contract equals $175,000 a year, it officially runs only until October, so the value of the contract is for about $87,000.

The hook there, is because the total is less than $100,000, Stroger was able to create the contract without putting it in front of the county board for approval.

Doctor Simon was not available for an interview, but reached briefly by cell phone, he defended the arrangement. He says he’s working to help transition to the independent board, which takes a lot of coordination.

He says the job is more than full time hours, even though his contract forbids him from working more than 30 hours per week.

The Stroger administration readily disclosed the details of Simon’s contract. It would not, however, accommodate an interview request to discuss why Simon is being paid more than twice what was originally disclosed.



Recent Headlines

‘Do you know who I am?’ Investigators say Cook County commissioner pressed cops to scrap ally’s $250 parking ticket
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Chicago Tribune

IG: Cook County needs revamp on sexual harassment outside of work following allegations against Preckwinkle ex-chief of staff
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Higher Assessments Hit North Suburban Commercial Property Owners
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Evanston Patch

How did an inmate get a loaded gun into Cook County Jail?
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Check exemptions, file an appeal: What you can do to fight your Cook County property tax bill
Thursday, July 11, 2019
WGN Chicago

’A lack of mental health services has plagued Chicago for decades’: Holy Cross Hospital expanding to fill that void on the Southwest Side
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Chicago Tribune

How To Appeal Your Cook County Property Tax Assessment
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
CBS Chicago

County Commission Hopes to Increase 2020 Census Participation
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
WTTW News

Cook County Property Tax Bills: Where Does Your Money Go?
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
CBS Chicago

Seniors Receive Inflated Property Tax Bills By Mistake
Tuesday, July 09, 2019
WBBM Radio

Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts’ property tax appeal under investigation after Tribune finds assessment problem
Tuesday, July 09, 2019
Chicago Tribune

North suburban landlords slapped with big assessment hikes
Monday, July 08, 2019
Crain's Chicago Business

Miscalculation leads to increased tax bills in Wheeling Township
Friday, July 05, 2019
Daily Herald

Judge rules state legislators violated Illinois Constitution by voting to freeze their pay
Wednesday, July 03, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Search: Chicago Property Tax Increases and Decreases by Ward
Wednesday, July 03, 2019
WTTW News

Millions in Cook County property tax refunds going to homeowners whose bills show no balance due
Monday, July 01, 2019
ABC 7 Chicago

Why 7,600 property owners in suburban Cook County are getting tax refunds
Monday, July 01, 2019
Daily Herald

$25 million in property tax refunds going to 25,000 owners
Monday, July 01, 2019
Special to suffredin.org

Illinois hiring hundreds to reduce Medicaid backlogs
Monday, July 01, 2019
Crain's Chicago Business

County health officials say IG report was ‘simply wrong’ even as commissioners plan hearings on system’s finances
Thursday, June 27, 2019
Chicago Tribune

all news items

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