Suffredin- An Advocate for All of Us  
 

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.

   
  Eighteen of the 20 largest banks in the world and more than 50 foreign banks have offices in Cook County.
   
     
     
     



TB District: Your money at waste

Thursday, August 26, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
by Anthony J. Peraica
Letter to the Editor

In recent months debate on the long-term survival of the Suburban Cook County Tuberculosis Sanitarium District has led to much controversy and confusion. This was only exacerbated when an ''independent'' review team came out in favor of keeping the district open. In its defense of the district, the review team emphasizes that TB is still a very real threat to public safety, and without its watchful eye there would be ''unfathomable'' costs to society.

The only factor standing in the way of this assessment is reality. As the threat of TB has waned In recent decades, so too has the usefulness of the TB District. What once was an indispensable institution in the fight against a dreaded disease has become a poster child for waste and inefficiency. Against this backdrop I would like to highlight the flaws in the report.

First, the report cites the relatively small number of TB cases in Cook County and tries to credit the district for this. The report fails to mention that because of the tremendous advances in modern medicine TB is no longer as prevalent. For example, the TB District treated 130 new active cases in 2002 -- down from 168 in 1992 and 184 in 1982. As the evidence demonstrates, the number of persons afflicted with the disease has been declining each year, making the work of the district largely redundant and unnecessary. Yet, each year the TB District levies and spends $6 million of taxpayer money.

According to a study by the Civic Federation, an independent tax watchdog group, the district has $9.2 million in its fund, almost 215 percent more than in its annual operating cost, on top of $15 million from the sale of taxpayer-owned property in Hinsdale, yet it continues to request more property tax money. Suburban Cook County residents can also expect to see an additional property tax levy request for the district.

The report disparages the objectivity of the Civic Federation. However, if there is a bias, it is on the part of those who prepared the report in defense of the TB District: The ''independent'' review team was paid $25,000 by the TB District to conduct the examination.

The same team that wrote the report states there has not been a particular plan to transfer the TB treatment duties to another agency, and this allegedly confirms that there is a political motivation by those who discredit the district. However, plans for what will transpire in the aftermath of the district already have been introduced in the General Assembly. One of the bills specifically calls for the transfer of the district's services into the county's Public Health Department, while retaining most of the TB District's employees and clinics.

An objective analysis of the current situation dictates that the residents of Cook County be rid of this institution. While dissolving the TB District will not spell the end of government waste, it will be an important first step in providing the residents of Cook County with a leaner, more efficient government.

Anthony J. Peraica,
Cook County Commissioner 16th District

 

 



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 suffredin.org

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
WTTW News

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 suffredin.org

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.
^ TOP