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:  
   
 
 

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.

   
  The first blood bank in the world was established at Cook County Hospital by Dr. Bernard Fantus in 1937.
   
     
     
     



Editorial: Don’t boot Boot Camp
Daniel M. Locallo is a retired Cook County circuit court judge.

Thursday, February 13, 2014
Chicago Sun-Times
by Daniel M. Locallo
Editorial

A recent Chicago Sun-Times investigation revealed that felons convicted of crimes that should have made them ineligible to participate in the Cook County Boot Camp were nevertheless improperly sentenced to boot camp. These illegal sentences allowed violent felons to avoid serving prison time. State Rep. Dennis M. Reboletti, a Republican whose legislative district is in DuPage County — not Cook County — has been quoted as saying that illegal boot camp sentences are unfixable and thus the Cook County camp should be abolished.

This attitude is akin to throwing out the baby with the bath water.

The purpose of Cook County’s boot camp is to provide judges a sentencing alternative to incarceration for individuals between the ages of 18 and 35. The camp came into existence at a time when Michael Sheahan was Cook County sheriff. His successor, Tom Dart, believes in the philosophy and wholeheartedly supports the value of boot camp.

In addition to being an alternative to housing within a cage, the taxpayers of Illinois outside Cook County do not bear the cost of the county’s camp. Boot camp allows for individuals in a structured environment to learn discipline and teamwork, to enhance their education, to develop self-esteem, to learn to make better choices, to avoid previous contacts which negatively influenced them, to increase their employment opportunities and, most importantly, to become productive members of our society.

An additional benefit is that judges can monitor individuals who successfully graduate from boot camp for an additional 18 months. In many instances, boot camp graduates, as part of their sentence, must also perform community service.

The problem of illegal sentencing to boot camp is solvable. What is needed is cooperation between the judiciary, the Cook County state’s attorney’s office and the sheriff’s office. We expect our judges to follow proper laws, which have been passed by the Illinois General Assembly and signed by the governor. We hope supervising judges encourage judges under them to follow sentencing statutes. The unfortunate consequence of an ineligible person receiving boot camp is that this individual deprives other eligible individuals from receiving the benefit of boot camp.

The Legislature has stated under what circumstances individuals can receive boot camp. It is not too difficult for assistant state’s attorneys to prepare sentencing orders which specifically establish why a person convicted is eligible to be sentenced to boot camp.

Dart’s office is committed to monitoring boot camp sentencing orders, and any individual not eligible for boot camp should be transferred back to court. Accompanying the person should be a sheriff’s statement, to be given to the judge, as to why boot camp is not proper for the individual.

The Cook County Boot Camp should be preserved. It is a tremendous alternative to incarceration and lessens the burden on taxpayers.



Recent Headlines

Cook County Land Bank Authority Announces Opening of Registration to Give Away a Free Home
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
The Chicago Crusader

NEW ILLINOIS LAW ENDS $120 FEE TO CLEAR FALSE CRIMINAL RECORDS IN COOK COUNTY
Friday, August 09, 2019
Illinois Policy

Top Cook County Jail chess players take on the world
Wednesday, August 07, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Public defender takes shots at Chicago Police gun offender webpage
Wednesday, August 07, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Commentary: Data alone won’t stop Chicago gun violence; Cook County needs a public ‘Violence Reduction Dashboard’
Wednesday, August 07, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Cook County Jail detainees take on inmates around the world in online chess tournament
Tuesday, August 06, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Here’s What You Need To Know About The Ongoing Bail Debate In Chicago
Monday, August 05, 2019
WBEZ Chicago Public Radio

Cook County Jail hosts international chess tournament
Monday, August 05, 2019
WGN Chicago

Cook County property taxes are due today, Aug. 1.
Thursday, August 01, 2019
Special to suffredin.org

Forest Preserves of Cook County Celebrate Dan Ryan Woods Investments
Thursday, August 01, 2019
Chicago Defender

Cook County TIFs generate $1.2 billion
Thursday, August 01, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Changes coming to Cook County assessor’s office
Thursday, August 01, 2019
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

In Chicago, TIF Revenues Soaring
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
WTTW News

A controversial tax subsidy program will generate a record $1.2 billion in revenue. Here’s what the number means for Chicago.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Group to rally in support of Kim Foxx as challengers emerge
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Crain's Chicago Business

Report: Incarceration Rates Drop Nearly 20% Under Kim Foxx
Monday, July 29, 2019
WTTW Chicago

Lightfoot blames bond court reform for gun violence
Thursday, July 25, 2019
Chicago Reporter

Cook County Health Hires Audit Firm To Review Scathing Inspector General Report
Thursday, July 25, 2019
WBEZ News

Former County Commissioner Shocked Animal Abuser Registry He Worked To Create Was Never Used
Thursday, July 25, 2019
CBS Chicago

No one on County Board sharing Arroyo’s view of inspector general
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

all news items

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