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.

A measure of faith in political change

Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Daily Herald
by Daily Herald Editorial Board

Who would have thought that a blueprint for controlling government excess would come from a Chicago Democrat? Yet, here we have new Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle promising a new era of belt tightening, accountability and openness and, more importantly, laying out specific measurable steps to get there.

Before we get too giddy, we have to acknowledge that we’ve heard this all before. Only four years ago, Todd Stroger gave a “solemn oath” to “reduce excessive staffing,” to “eliminate waste” and to “restore faith in this government.”

We all know how that went.

But there is something about Preckwinkle’s inaugural address that stirs the heart, that beckons faith, that leads us to encourage leaders of the state, other counties and local schools and municipalities to pay heed.

Maybe it’s her relinquishing of 10 percent of her own pay. Maybe it’s the pink slips she immediately handed to three dozen Stroger appointees. Maybe it’s her reiteration of the demand for 21 percent cuts across the board in county departments. Maybe it’s the county procurement data she’s already put up on the Web for all to see, and her promised commitment of even more and deeper transparency of county spending.

Maybe as much as we would have preferred an immediate lifting of the full amount it’s her very specific timetable for elimination of the remaining half of the dreaded 1 percentage-point 2007 sales tax increase.

More likely, it’s the set of her jaw, the fix of her stare and a sincerity of tone that, combined with the actions promised and those already taken, all persuasively suggest this leader means business.

Let’s hope so. It will not be easy, and she will need lots of support.

Let’s face it. Stroger entered office bemoaning a $500 million deficit and, despite his promises and a tax increase that provided more than $200 million a year, left Preckwinkle with a $487 million hole to dig her way out of. We can hardly expect the unions, contractors and moneyed interests that have long dictated the financial terms of running Cook County to go quietly into the good night of responsible management of the taxpayers’ dime.

So, Preckwinkle will have her work cut out for her. But, she and taxpayers will have a valuable resource if the person eventually hired as chief performance officer identifies and upholds standards of professionalism that Preckwinkle says will become a hallmark of county government.

And if it all works indeed, if it all just provides, in Preckwinkle’s phrase, “a beginning” it will be cause for encouragement well beyond the halls of Cook County. For, if a Democrat in that machine-bound metaphor for waste and indifference can effect real change, there’s hope for governments everywhere.

Recent Headlines

Nearly a century after a brutal murder, Chicago’s only lynching victim gets memorial
Thursday, March 21, 2019
The Grio

County harassment survey shows mixed faith in reporting system
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

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

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

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

all news items

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