Suffredin- For a Better Cook County  
 

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 was created on January 15, 1831 and named after Daniel P. Cook, Member of Congress and the first Attorney from the State of Illinois.
   
     
     
     



Editorial: Give gun violence proposals a careful look

Friday, October 26, 2012
Chicago Sun-Times

Violence, especially gun violence, is out of hand in Cook County, so any ideas to bring it under control deserve careful consideration.

A package of proposals by Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey fits that category. We like what he’s suggesting, but we know there will be debate over how to pay for his ideas.

Fritchey would like to set aside $1 million for grants to organizations that work to combat violence and provide programs for youths.

He also would create a special court to handle gun crimes, at a cost of $300,000 annually, and spend an additional $100,000 on a public-education initiative about the laws against purchasing guns with the intent of reselling them to criminals.

Fritchey says the county could pay for these programs without imposing taxes on guns and ammunition, which Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle proposed.

He would find the money by delaying hiring for 28 vacant administrative positions in the Cook County Health and Hospitals System for six months. (The system, which already has trimmed its administrative ranks, had no comment Friday.)

Delaying those hires would provide enough funding for the first year. If the programs proved successful, the county would be motivated to find new funding for following years, he says.

Pulling the plug on Preckwinkle’s proposed $25 tax on each gun sale and 5-cent tax on each bullet would avoid a likely battle with pro-gun groups.

But it also would eliminate the symbolic connection between new taxes and the huge cost to the public of caring for gunshot victims.

Fritchey argues the proposed ammunition tax is so high that it would simply drive purchasers out of the county. He may be right, but that doesn’t mean Preckwinkle must give up on the gun tax as well.

Funding violence-prevention groups is a worthy idea. The City of Chicago already has done that, giving $1 million to Cure Violence, the group formerly known as CeaseFire, to help calm tensions before they turn violent.

If a special gun court does a better job of enforcing gun laws, that could be a plus, too.

And Fritchey thinks fewer people would be willing to buy guns and then sell them to criminals if they realized they face serious criminal penalities for doing so.

That might slow the flow of guns from legitimate suburban shops to criminals in the city.



Recent Headlines

Wilmette minimum wage working group surveys businesses, will survey residents
Monday, February 19, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Anti-soda tax PAC jumps in Cook County Board races
Monday, February 19, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

Circuit clerk gets stay on e-filing order
Friday, February 16, 2018
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Hundreds gather at Bridgeport church for Cmdr. Paul Bauer's wake
Friday, February 16, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Dart goes to court in effort to find person accusing him of domestic violence
Friday, February 16, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

Study says property tax system favors rich
Friday, February 16, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

Property Tax System ‘More Regressive’ in Cook County, Report Finds
Friday, February 16, 2018
WTTW Chicago Tonight

VIDEO: Cook County Jail detainees applaud CPD commander’s alleged killer
Friday, February 16, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

Blockbuster report: How Cook County tax system shafts the little guy
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Crain's Chicago Business

Order over lawsuits in Dorothy Brown’s office put on hold by appeals court
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

Dorothy Brown can't 'end-run' First Amendment, judge says in denying delay
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Cook County prosecutors toss more convictions tainted by corrupt ex-Chicago police Sgt. Ronald Watts
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Handwritten documents, Manila folders, carbon paper — welcome to Cook County criminal court
Monday, February 12, 2018
Chicago Tribune

2 Cook County Commissioners missed over a third of Forest Preserve meetings
Sunday, February 11, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County Jail guards lock down sweet union contract—despite sour budget mess
Sunday, February 11, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

Running for judge, Dorothy Brown’s inspector general accepts donation from bos
Friday, February 09, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook Co. President Urges Trump To Stop ICE Arrests In Courthouses
Wednesday, February 07, 2018
Beverly Patch

Voting in Jail? New Bill Seeks to Expand Ballot Access for Detainees
Wednesday, February 07, 2018
WTTW Chicago Tonight

COOK COUNTY BOARD COMMISSIONER PROPOSES HEARING ON POLICE OVERSIGHT
Wednesday, February 07, 2018
WBEZ BGA

Assessor Berrios Extends Deadline for Senior and Senior Freeze Exemption Applications
Wednesday, February 07, 2018
Special to suffredin.org

all news items

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