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:  
   
 
 

Search current and proposed Cook County Legislation in Larry's exclusive legislative library.

   
 

The Cook County Code of Ordinances are the current laws of Cook County.

   
  Last year more people used the County's forest preserves than visited Yellowstone National Park.
   
     
     
     



Nominee to run Cook County morgue: ‘I cannot do this alone’

Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Chicago Sun-Times
by LISA DONOVAN

For the first time since Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle nominated him for the job of chief medical examiner, Dr. Stephen Cina publicly told county commissioners — in broad strokes and even a few platitudes — about why he wants become the boss in an office that’s been under fire.

“I love Chicago and Cook County and I really love a challenge,” Cina told commissioners after briefly introducing himself, including telling of his work at the University of Miami Tissue Bank and his previous work as a deputy chief medical examiner in Ft. Lauderdale.

He said in that post, where he served until 2011, he said he worked with the Broward County board on budgets, served as a liaison between law enforcement and funeral homes and even handled media calls.

He said that while he likes a challenge, he said “I cannot do this alone.”

Dr. Cina said some of the equipment and technology are dated but under his leadership will be updated over time. He said the goal of  the office — conducting death investigations ranging from homicides to unattended deaths — can be and should be done in a “safe and collegial” working environment.

County commissioners were preparing to ask him questions once the public comments portion of the meeting wrapped up. 

Cina is expected to be grilled on a range of issues during the afternoon confirmation hearing.

Members of the county board say they’re concerned about Cina’s frequent job changes, his demand for a 30 percent raise — to $300,000 — over the salary paid to Dr. Nancy Jones as medical examiner, his plans for additional staffing and the consulting firm runs as a side business.

Earlier this month, Preckwinkle nominated Cina after he won the support of Dr. Edmund Donoghue, who was medical examiner before Jones.

Cina has had a 20-plus year career in Texas, Colorado, Wyoming and Florida. He is associate medical director at the University of Miami Tissue Bank.

From 2007 to 2011, he was deputy chief medical examiner in Broward County, Fla. Earlier this year, he lost a bid for the top job at the Fort Lauderdale office.

The confirmation hearing is set for noon Tuesday.

Cina, 47, has been meeting privately with commissioners in recent weeks, making his case for their confirmation.

After his nomination was announced, Cina said he had some “big ideas” and that “I am aware of the challenges, but nothing is insurmountable.” Since then, he has declined to make any further public comments or do interviews.

Jones is retiring Aug. 1; Cina’s start date hasn’t been set yet. The county board on Tuesday approved the appointment of Dr. Ponni Arunkumar, who has worked at the county morgue since 2004, as interim chief medical examiner until Cina begins. Currently an assistant medical examiner, Dr. Arunkumar performs autopsies and other duties involved in death investigations. As a forensic pathologist, she has all the certifications that make her eligible to be a chief M.E., according to a Preckwinkle spokesperson.

The county morgue has been under fire since January, when the Chicago Sun-Times revealed bodies were piling up at the West Side facility and staffers were complaining about the stench and bodily fluids pooling on the floor. That triggered a state labor department investigation.

Jone ended up announcing her retirement, and her top deputy was forced to resign.



Recent Headlines

Editorial: What happened to the elk?
Friday, August 10, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Wells Fargo to offer $15,000 grants to potential Cook County homebuyers
Thursday, August 09, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Suit alleges Cook County detainees secretly monitored in bathrooms in holding cells at courthouses
Wednesday, August 08, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Half the elk at Busse Woods died last year, and officials aren’t sure why
Tuesday, August 07, 2018
Chicago Tribune

A letter from Dr. Jay Shannon regarding gun violence and Stroger Hospital
Tuesday, August 07, 2018
Special to suffredin.org

As Evanston adapts to minimum wage hike, nearby towns say they have no plan to join in
Tuesday, August 07, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Lawsuit could blast a $250 million hole in county budget
Monday, August 06, 2018
Crain's Chicago Business

Pappas: Automatic refunds of $19.5 million going to 53,000 homeowners because of property tax cuts
Monday, August 06, 2018
Special to suffredin.org

Thousands of Cook County homeowners to receive property tax refunds
Monday, August 06, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County Board Adopts Resolution Concerned With Foxconn Impacts
Thursday, August 02, 2018
Journal and Topics Media Group

FBI: Ex-employee alleges Dorothy Brown picked up cash payoffs at bagman's home
Thursday, August 02, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Demolition of MWRD dam to clear way for fish and recreation
Wednesday, August 01, 2018
Special to suffredin.org

EXCLUSIVE: Sheriff Tom Dart to pair inmates with pet dogs
Wednesday, August 01, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

County Minimum Wage, Sick Time Advisory Questions Approved for November Ballot
Wednesday, August 01, 2018
Journal and Topics Media Group

Editorial: Berrios and Kaegi: What a new assessor can and can't fix
Thursday, July 26, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Your Personal Data May Be Exposed in Cook County Traffic Records
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
CBS Chicago

Garcia avoids public tiff with Preckwinkle, delays plan for county revenue forecasting commission
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Cook County TIF districts bring in $1 billion
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County board moves to prevent repeat of pop tax fiasco
Friday, July 20, 2018
Crain's Chicago Business

Cook County forest worker was going 76 mph in 30 mph zone, had THC in system during fatal crash while on job: prosecutors
Thursday, July 19, 2018
Chicago Tribune

all news items

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