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.

   
  Cook County has the largest unified trial court system in the world, disposing over 6 million cases in 1990 alone.
   
     
     
     



Preckwinkle tries carrot instead of stick

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Chicago Sun-Times
by Thomas Frisbie

Usually, the political argument we hear is that we need less government.

But in Cook County, it's the opposite. County officials are saying they want less to govern.

Cook County is technically the municipal authority for the many remaining unincorporated pockets dotting the county. Cook County sheriff's police patrol those areas. Cook County also does the building inspections.

But serving small pockets of land that are separated by miles of village or city acreage is inefficient, and the county would like to get out of the business.

The areas remain unincorporated largely for two reasons: 1) They are tax base losers, meaning it would cost a nearby city or village more to serve the area than the municipality would get back in taxes, or 2) They are tax winners, in the sense that people living there are happy not to be paying taxes for parks or libraries.

Many of the unincorporated areas also have substandard infrastructure. They might not have sidewalks. Or sewers, using septic systems instead. The streets might not be what a municipality would consider up to code.

Last year, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle suggested creating special service districts that would impose an extra levy on unincorporated areas. That idea didn't fly.

Now, she's putting down the stick and trying a carrot. In her proposed 2013 budget, she allocates $5 million to help fund infrastructure improvements that might make the unincorporated areas more suitable for annexation into an existing suburb.

"I have said that over the next decade we are going to try to eliminate unincorporated Cook County," Preckwinkle told the Sun-Times Editorial Board last week."We spend a lot of resources on the 100,000 people who live there. And we found that one of the principal impediments to incorporation by the nearby towns, cities and villages is the state of their infrastructure. ... So we have created a fund of $5 million to help them upgrade their infrastructure so that they can be annexed by surrounding communities without tremendous costs to those municipalities."

Budget Director Andrea Gibson said the fund will be on a "cash match" basis, meaning the muncipality that does the annexation will be expected to kick in its share.

Of course $5 million is barely a start considering what it would take to get all unincorporated infrastructure up to municipal standards. But Kurt Summers, Preckwinkle's chief of staff, said the county will focus on getting one area at a time up to snuff and annexed, and then refill the coffers.




Recent Headlines

Special prosecutor billed Cook County nearly 50K for Van Dyke murder case
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County Board votes in favor of $4 million settlement in Stroger medical malpractice case
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Judge bucks Cook County law, says boys as young as 10 can be locked up
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Village of Northbrook Opts Back In to the Cook County Earned Sick Leave Ordinance
Monday, October 15, 2018
National Law Review

Chicago health system to add 240+ jobs
Monday, October 15, 2018
Becker's Hospital Review

Fired doctor sues county, loses whistleblower claim
Friday, October 12, 2018
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Cook County health system to add jobs
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Crain's Chicago Business

No layoffs or tax hike in mayoral hopeful Preckwinkle’s proposed county budget
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

'Inclusionary' housing ordinance rewrite advances
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Evanston Now

Faced with tight budgets, more Illinois counties merge clerk, recorder offices
Monday, October 08, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

Class action: Hundreds of Cook Sheriff officer suspensions invalid, because State's Attorney not involved
Friday, October 05, 2018
Cook County Record

One Cook County judge bucks chief judge’s order against unaffordably high bail
Monday, October 01, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

Game of thrones? Watchdog sees ‘scheme to defraud’ in Pritzker toilet tax break
Monday, October 01, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

County Board approves $31M election equipment contract despite lawsuit; $11M to settle 2 malpractice lawsuits
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Chicago Tribune

County approves new election equipment contract, despite rival firm’s lawsuit
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

Top prosecutor Kim Foxx apologizes as 18 convictions linked to corrupt cop vacated
Monday, September 24, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Preteens out of detention before trial under new ordinance
Friday, September 14, 2018
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Cook County Board bars detention of youth under 13 years old
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Injustice Watch

Preteens accused of crimes won't be locked up at Cook County juvenile center
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

Slowik: Cook County offers residents last chance to comment on strategic plan
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Daily Southtown

all news items

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