Suffredin- An Advocate for All of Us  

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.

  Cook County Hospital fills more outpatient prescriptions every day than are filled at 26 Walgreen's drug store combined.

Stroger cousin resigns from top county post

Friday, April 17, 2009
Chicago Tribune
by Jeremy Gorner

Donna Dunnings, a first cousin of Cook County Board President Todd Stroger, resigned as the county's chief financial officer amid controversy over a recently fired patronage worker, Stroger announced today.

Stroger asked for Dunnings' resignation and she agreed because of allegations that would hurt her ability to do her job, Stroger told the Tribune this morning in a telephone interview. Dunnings could not immediately be reached this morning.

Stroger spoke with WGN-AM this morning. Listen to the interview here.

Stroger declined to elaborate on the allegations, but said they were made by a man who was given a patronage job with Stroger's administration late last year. Stroger fired the man after learning he had a felony criminal conviction, said Sean Howard, a Stroger spokesman. 

The man then made "explosive" and "not flattering" allegations against Dunnings, Stroger said. In the WGN-AM interview, Stroger said he did not know the details of the allegations, but said he believes "she has done nothing wrong."

Stroger said he could not provide details of the relationship between the man and Dunnings, but said she has bailed the man out of jail several times over a monthslong span.
"I know Ms. Dunnings well.  I know she has always tried to reach out and help people whenever she could," Stroger said.  "He [the man] is trying to destroy people."
Stroger's father, the late board president John Stroger, made Dunnings a top county finance official in 1999. Critics leveled a new round of nepotism accusations when Todd Stroger promoted Dunnings, who holds an MBA from Northwestern University, to become the county's chief financial officer.
She has faced criticism along with her cousin for assisting in his successful push to more than double the county sales tax. When critics attacked her pay increase to $159,868 after the 2008 tax increase, Dunnings questioned why they were so concerned about the salary of the county's first female, African-American CFO.
Former Cook County Comptroller and current administration chief of staff Joseph Fratto will assume the responsibilities of chief financial officer, according to a statement released by Stroger's office.

Recent Headlines

Judge: Labor unions don't owe non-union state workers refunds, despite unconstitutional fees
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Cook County record

Recovery Behind Bars: Cook County Jailís Opioid Treatment Program
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Medill Reports

The language of justice: Court interpreters fight for client rights and their rights in Cook County
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Medill Reports

Cook County General Hospital's $90-Million Redevelopment Saves a Chicago Icon
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Engineering News Rec ord

Preckwinkle sends out harassment survey to staff after harassment controversy in her office
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Illinois Land Title Association Granted Summary Judgment in Case against Cook County Recorder of Deeds
Sunday, March 17, 2019
Illinois State Bar Association

Grand Jury Indicts Debt Collector of Bribing Cook County Clerk Dorothy Brown
Friday, March 15, 2019
WBBM Chicago

Indictment: Cook County's hired debt collector charged with bribing county officials to secure county contract
Friday, March 15, 2019
Cook County record

Karen Chavers Honored as 2019 Unsung Heroine
Thursday, March 14, 2019
Special to

Pappas to announce deadline for Cook County property owners to pay late taxes
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Courts Cause Confusion For Woman Trying To Resolve Her Case
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
CBS Chicago

Census changes raise fears of Illinois undercounting
Monday, March 11, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County Sheriff Warns of Apple Phone Scam
Monday, March 11, 2019

Caller poses as Apple to get victims personal info in scam targeting Cook County residents
Monday, March 11, 2019
WGN Chicago

Should Young Adults Be Sent To Juvenile Courts?
Sunday, March 10, 2019
NPR Radio

Cook County Jail hires 2nd consecutive mental health professional as warden
Wednesday, March 06, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Lawsuit: Sheriff jailed dozens because of faulty electronic monitoring devices
Monday, March 04, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Woman dies while in custody at Cook County Jail
Sunday, March 03, 2019
Fox 32

City considers landmarking old Cook County Hospital
Friday, March 01, 2019
Gazette Chicago

Judge: State constitution doesn't force Cook County to spend $250M more on roads, transport projects
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Cook County Rrecord

all news items

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