Suffredin- Changing County Government  
 

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.

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



Sheriff's officer's death spurs safety work
Crosswalks, ramps and signs near jail will be upgraded

Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Chicago Tribune
by Jon Hilkevitch

Traffic safety improvements are being made outside Cook County Jail so corrections officers who face dangers each day at work don't also put their lives on the line while crossing the street to enter and leave the facility, officials said Monday.

After a recent crash that killed an officer, pedestrian islands in the middle of the roadway and other changes are planned for the pedestrian crosswalks at 2900 S. California Ave. and 2900 S. California Blvd., officials said.

County sheriff's corrections Officer Nikkii Bostic-Jones was struck and killed in the hit-and-run crash July 18 while crossing California Avenue on her way to work at the jail campus, officials said. The crosswalk is near the employee entrance to the facility.

The pedestrian enhancements coming to the crosswalk and at a nearby crosswalk at the Criminal Courts Building will include high-visibility pavement markings and signs, new sidewalk ramps for wheelchairs and the elimination of some on-street parking near the crosswalks to improve the sight lines of drivers, officials said. A new sidewalk will also be built through the grass boulevard area between California Avenue and California Boulevard, officials said.

Officials said the changes are in direct response to the accident that killed Bostic-Jones, 38. The driver charged in her death previously had his license revoked upon a second conviction for driving under the influence, officials said.

"We are doing this at the request of the sheriff's office,'' Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said. "They had concerns about the safety of employees after losing one of their officers."

The driver in the accident, Juan Bello, 57, of Chicago, was charged with reckless homicide and leaving the scene of a fatal accident, among other violations. When his van hit Bostic-Jones as she crossed California Avenue, the impact knocked her into the path of a sheriff's squad car, police said.

On Tuesday, work crews are scheduled to begin installing temporary improvements that will remain in effect until the permanent upgrades are completed by the end of October, officials said.

The Chicago Department of Transportation is designing the $204,000 project, which is being paid for by Cook County. The Cook County Highway Department and the Cook County Sheriff's Office became involved after the city was unable to pay for the improvements, Preckwinkle said. California Avenue is under the city's jurisdiction.



Recent Headlines

Cook County circuit clerk says city owes $13M in fees
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Chciago Daily Law Bulletin

Cook County faces $177 million in deficits over next two budget years
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

Preckwinkle: Cook County facing 'difficult and challenging' $82 million budget shortfall
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Preckwinkle: $82M Budget Hole Means ‘Difficult Choices’ For Cook County
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
WBEZ Chicago Public Radio

Editorial: A Chicago revival: The Lazarus of Harrison Street
Friday, June 15, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Growing food, community
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Help Squad: Consumers can file lawsuits and other legal documents online —some free via an online fee waiver
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Residents speak out as Wilmette Board introduces minimum wage and sick time ordinances
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Chicago Tribune

County's bid to avoid attorney fees for paraplegic detainee backfires
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Cook County Forest Preserves Show Off To Visitors At Daley Plaza
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
WBBW News Radio

Peek Inside the Old Cook County Hospital, Vacant for 16 Years
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
NBC Chicago

After 16 years, renovation underway at old Cook County Hospital
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
WGN Television

Officials break ground on $1 billion overhaul of long-vacant Cook County Hospital
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Chicago Tribune

George Leighton, legendary Chicago judge and courthouse namesake, dies at 105
Thursday, June 07, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

George Leighton, Chicago judge for whom criminal courthouse is named, dies at 105
Wednesday, June 06, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Cook County allows video gambling in unincorporated areas
Wednesday, June 06, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Backpage.com lawsuit against Cook County sheriff dismissed
Saturday, June 02, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Dorothy Brown’s office to get federal monitor for hiring practices
Friday, June 01, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

Coyote puppies tagged, health work-ups conducted in the Forest Preserves of Cook County
Thursday, May 31, 2018
Special to suffredin.org

EDITORIAL: Justice delayed 16 months — until a reporter starts nosing around
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

all news items

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