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:  
   
 
 

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.

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



Lobbyists paid $1.5 million in six months to lobby Cook County officials

Wednesday, August 07, 2013
Crain's Chicago Business
by Greg Hinz

Lobbyists who seek to influence Cook County government were paid nearly $1.5 million in the first half of the year, according to the latest clout disclosure released by Cook County Clerk David Orr.

Heading the list by a wide margin is All-Circo Inc., where James Houlihan recently returned after retiring as Cook County Assessor. The firm now is run by John Kelly Jr., who describes himself as "a political adviser to many Illinois leaders including Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and many state senators and representatives."

All-Circo took in $528,000 in the first half of the year for lobbying county officials. Its clients include CVS Caremark and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

In the second spot is Fletcher O'Brien Kapser & Nottage P.C., with revenue of $138,000 in the first half of the year and clients including the American Beverage Association and Arlington International Racecourse. The firm's best known principal is Mike Kasper, who worked as Mayor Rahm Emanuel's election lawyer and is suing Gov. Pat Quinn over his sequester of legislative pay until lawmakers produce a comprehensive pension-reform bill.

Others on the list include Thomas J. Murphy, ThomsonWeir LLC and Jan Starr.

According to Mr. Orr, the lobbyists collectively reported 517 contacts with county officials in the first two quarters of the year, a little less than in some recent years. But the total of $1,456,675 they were paid is well above last year's comparable figure.

A total of 84 officials were lobbied, Mr. Orr said, with lobbying defined to include any phone call, meeting, email, text message or event.



Recent Headlines

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

County harassment survey shows mixed faith in reporting system
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Recovery Behind Bars: Cook County Jailís 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 suffredin.org

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
WTTW News

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

all news items

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