Suffredin- For a Better Cook County  

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.

Stroger proposes no new taxes or fees in Cook County budget

Friday, October 23, 2009
Chicago Tribune
by Hal Dardick

With a re-election battle less than four months away, Cook County Board President Todd Stroger today proposed a $3 billion budget that includes no new taxes or fees.

Speaking to county commissioners, Stroger said his new budget maintains the same level of services.

"Cook County can and will meet its obligations," Stroger said.

While the economy is declining, the major reason Stroger is able to maintain the status quo is the penny-on-the-dollar sales-tax increase he pushed through last year. That controversial tax generates nearly $400 million a year.

Stroger held out the tax increase as a positive aspect of his administration.

"Today, as our national and state governments face terrible deficits, and as many local governments in Illinois find themselves in dire financial shape, Cook County is relatively strong," he said.

Stroger could face four or more challengers in the Feb. 2 Democratic primary, with the sales-tax increase expected to be a major issue.

Overall, Stroger's budget would increase spending by $80 million, or about 3.6 percent. Increased costs include a $30 million payment toward a previously unmet obligation to an employee pension fund; $35 million more for the Cook County sheriff's office, mostly to comply with jail staffing mandates made by the federal courts; and $22 million for employee pay increases.

The number of county employees will be cut to 22,155, the lowest level in 25 years, Stroger said. Most of the employee cuts, however, are in the portion of the budget drawn up by a new independent board overseeing the county's public health system.

Although health system spending would increase by $37 million, it would get $73 million less from the county. That $73 million, coupled with federal stimulus funds, more than covers the increased spending Stroger proposes.

New initiatives in the budget include $400,000 in grants to the Boys and Girls Club of Chicago and the CeaseFire anti-violence program.

"At a time when charitable gving is down, given the state of the economy, we can and should support organizations with proven track records like these," he said. "We own it to the children of Cook County."

Stroger also said he is backing an "administrative supervised release project" to reduce the daily population at Cook County Jail.

If the budget gets approved by Thanksgiving, as Stroger requested today, it would be the earliest approval in at least eight years.

Recent Headlines

U.S. appeals judges: Go fight over lawsuits with Dorothy Brown in state court
Sunday, November 13, 2918
Chicago Sun-Times

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

Preckwinkle to unveil policy roadmap for Cook County for next five years
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

COMMENTARY: Here's how the Shakman case curbed Cook County patronage
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Appeals court backs Dorothy Brown in lawsuit over public access to electronic records, says judge overstepped authority
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Chicago Tribune

What’s Next As Voters Overwhelmingly Support Higher Minimum Wage, Paid Sick Time
Monday, November 12, 2018
Journal and Topics Online

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's security chief fired after review spurred by watchdog report
Thursday, November 08, 2018
Chicago Tribune

An earlier opening day: 2019 Cook County forest preserves permits go on sale Nov. 15
Thursday, November 08, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Cook County opening 2019 picnic permit sales Nov. 15
Monday, November 05, 2018
Special to

The Cook County Land Bank looks to go commercial
Monday, November 05, 2018
RE Journal

Nov. 15 is new opening date for Cook County forest preserves permits
Monday, November 05, 2018
Daily Herald

Cook County Gun Dealer, Minimum Wage Referendums On Ballot
Monday, November 05, 2018

The Abandoned WWI Monument One Chicago Man Is Determined To Save
Friday, November 02, 2018
Chicago Patch

Cook County freed from federal oversight
Thursday, November 01, 2018
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

First-of-its-kind trauma recovery center serves survivors of domestic violence, hate crimes, sexual assault, gun violence in Cook County
Monday, October 29, 2018

Northbrook opts in to Cook County paid sick leave ordinance, more uncertainty for employers, lawyer says
Monday, October 29, 2018
Cook County Record

First-of-its-kind Advocate Trauma Recovery Center serves survivors of domestic violence, hate crimes, sexual assault, gun violence in Cook County
Monday, October 29, 2018
WLS Channel 7

Cook County sheriff, CVS team up on safe prescription painkiller disposal
Saturday, October 27, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

HOPE Court, created to keep probationers out of prison, shut down amid problems
Friday, October 26, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

Can Kaegi really reform the assessor's office?
Friday, October 26, 2018
Crain's Chicago Business

all news items

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