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 is the second most populous county in the nation. It is the 19th largest government in the U.S.

Suffredin defends vote switch

Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Pioneer Press
by Todd Shields

Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin, D-13th, of Evanston said he voted for the unpopular county sales tax increase last year because it created an independent Cook County Health Board charged with revamping the county's financially plagued health-care system.

Last week Suffredin voted with the majority to repeal that 1 cent sales tax increase, reversing his position less than a year later. The county sales tax became effective July 1, 2008.

He defended his about-face by saying the federal stimulus money the county received, as well as the Cook County Health Board's efforts, were two strong reasons to end the increased county sales tax.

"It was essential getting an independent Health Board. Doing so was the right vote at the time," Suffredin said. "When I voted for the sales tax, the county was $286 million in debt. Because of the federal stimulus package and a new Medicaid agreement with the state, we will have a $120 million surplus" by the end of the fiscal year, November.

Suffredin also said the Cook County Health Board has reduced nonmedical Cook County employees by 500, and the board worked to bring in $60 million more this year in paid medical bills.

However, in a report issued by the chairman of Cook County Health and Hospital Systems to every commissioner, Warren Batts, said an in-house study revealed county health-care management lacked "timely and accurate information" to correct financial problems.

In response, Batts said an informational system will be in place this year, mainly to improve further billing and collecting.

Batts also said the county needed more employees with experience in informational technology related to health-care systems, along with a greater investment in computer equipment.

"However, it should be noted that even in this tough economy of increased layoffs, these specialized IT staff are very hard to come by," Batts said.

Suffredin believes fellow commissioners could repeal Stroger's veto with the "yes" votes of commissioners Earlean Collins, D-1st, and Deborah Simms, D-5th.

Both women did not vote in the commissioners' repeal last week, but Suffredin said their two votes could override Stroger's veto.

In a statement explaining his veto, Stroger said commissioners were responsible for years of financial problems in Cook County, and they voted to repeal the tax in exchange for "political points."

"I refuse to play that game. Somebody has to show leadership," he stated. "I will not jeopardize the well-being of county residents by allowing this faction of commissioners to end funding for vital services and destroy our health and public safety operations."

He argued that rolling back the sales tax would hurt health-care services -- including closing Provident Hospital and a dozen clinics that serve poor people.

By Stroger's calculation, that could mean revenue losses of about $300 million.

-- Sun-Times News Group contributed to this story.

Recent Headlines

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

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

City Club of Chicago: Cook County Housing Authority Executive Director Richard Monocchio
Thursday, February 28, 2019
WGN Chicago

Illinois hospitals seek reform of Medicaid managed care system
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Effingham Daily News

Cook County Juvenile Court Clinic’s Annual Report
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Special to

Glenview open house a 'one stop service' for new, existing residents to learn about town offerings
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Glenview Announcements

all news items

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