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 first blood bank in the world was established at Cook County Hospital by Dr. Bernard Fantus in 1937.

Dr. Ram Raju's Statement on the Supreme Court's Upholding of the Affordable Care Act

Thursday, June 28, 2012

    Today, the United States Supreme Court upheld the vast majority of the Affordable Care Act.  This is a momentous decision for our patients and for healthcare in this Country.  In Washington D.C., they recently unveiled a beautiful monument to one of this Country’s great leaders: Martin Luther King, Jr.  Among his famous quotes chiseled on the walls of his monument is one that is particularly appropriate for this occasion:

    “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and inhumane.”

    In upholding the Affordable Care Act, the Supreme Court has gone a long way in removing that injustice.  I happened to be meeting with a group of our Health System’s providers when the decision was announced.  It was truly heartwarming to hear the celebratory shouts from our colleagues and, later, to see the smiles on the faces of staff as I walked through Stroger Hospital.  As the people on the forefront of delivering care to this most vulnerable patient population, you especially appreciate the impact this remarkable decision has on our patients’ ability to access quality care.  

    The Cook County public hospital system is one of the oldest and largest public hospital systems in the nation and has provided medical care for those most in need since the 19th century. Ratification of the Affordable Care Act by the Supreme Court means that tens of millions of our neighbors without health insurance now will have coverage and access to affordable medical care. Before Medicaid and Medicare were instituted in the United States in the 1960’s, public hospitals like ours were the primary providers of healthcare to the poor. Nearly 50 years later, Cook County and other great urban safety providers found their viability threatened by the crushing demands of the uninsured seeking increasingly costly medical care.

    After implementation of the Affordable Care Act, many uninsured will remain, and our mission must remain intact. However, tens of thousands of our current patients, as well as hundreds of thousands of others in Illinois, will now be eligible for Medicaid coverage and other subsidized insurance plans. While I recognize that the Affordable Care Act has bred controversy, legal and otherwise, the Act’s expansion of coverage for the medically indigent, and its furthering of primary care and preventative models of care are to be applauded. Today’s Supreme Court decision will now permit these reforms to move forward.

    CCHHS will proceed with renewed vigor to implement the system-wide reforms necessary to institute patient centered medical homes for all of our patients. This will significantly improve our patients’ access to quality, cost efficient care.  Lastly, we will continue to seek federal approval of our Section 1115 Waiver proposal to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that would permit us to enroll new Medicaid eligibles under the Affordable Care Act as soon as this summer, instead of waiting for January, 2014.

    I look forward to working together as we transform our Health System to meet the incredible opportunities presented by the Affordable Care Act.


Recent Headlines

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

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

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

all news items

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