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.

   
  Cook County is the second most populous county in the nation. It is the 19th largest government in the U.S.
   
     
     
     



Cook County Unanimously Passes Anti-Sweatshop Law

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
News India Times

cook

Cook County (CC) Board unanimously passed an ordinance, April 29, prohibiting the county from purchasing goods and uniforms from garment vendors who use sweatshop labor in any part of their supply chain, including subcontractors. This follows a similar measure sponsored by Chicago Alderman Pawar and passed by Chicago City Council in 2014. CC Commissioner John Fritchey was joined by Pawar and local anti-sweatshop advocates here at downtown CC Building, April 24, to announce the proposal. Many from the rapidly growing Desi population here had pressed for this law after tragedies at sweatshops in Bangladesh and Pakistan.

South Asian American Policy and Research Institute (SAAPRI) volunteer Fatema Zohara stated at the news conference, “I am a Bangladeshi American and adjunct professor at College of DuPage. I was happy to hear about these efforts, because finally Chicago and Cook County are taking a stand against this type of injustice. I was also surprised because it took thousands of preventable deaths in disasters such as the Ali Enterprises fire in Pakistan, as well as the Tazreen Fashions fire and Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh. Our Desi community includes business owners as well as low-wage workers, but improving labor conditions benefits all.”

“The passage of this ordinance has both practical and symbolic significance,” stated Fritchey. “As the second largest county in the country, we are a significant consumer of garments and uniforms and it is incumbent upon us to lead by example to only procure goods from humane supply chains. If just one of our vendors is using sweatshop labor, that’s one too many and this ordinance makes clear that the county will not use taxpayer dollars to support it.” Cook County procures garments for a number of different agencies, including Sheriff’s Police, CC Health & Hospital patients and staff, and CC Jail and Juvenile Detention Center staff and detainees.

“Passing the Chicago sweat-free procurement ordinance was a critical step in the fight – the…countywide ordinance will further propel efforts to ensure our taxpayer dollars do not support manufacturers and contractors who have sweat or child labor in their supply chains,” said Pawar, who has previously spoken of his grandfather having worked in the garment industry in India without ever seeing a decent wage.

“Procurement practices can and do make a significant impact on working conditions in the apparel industry. As we commemorate the Rana Plaza building collapse two years ago in Bangladesh – a tragedy that killed over 1,100 apparel workers, we must take action to assure this never happens again.” said Katherine Bissell Cordova, Executive Director of Chicago Fair Trade, a group that helped develop the measure. “We applaud Cook County for leveraging its considerable purchasing power to raise global standards.”

“Rana Plaza is a stark reminder of what is absolutely wrong with our fast-fashion industry…Our City and County governments are taking steps to ensure that we play absolutely no part in working with businesses that do not take care of their employees and the environment…for the lives that it touches and improves, it is a significant step forward,” said Harish I. Patel, Civic Engagement Fellow at SAAPRI and owner of ishi vest, which makes naturally-dyed, chemical-free, organic and fair trade clothing.

The press releases cited above were released April 24 and 29.

 

 



Recent Headlines

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM COMMISSIONER SUFFREDIN
Thursday, May 16, 2019
Special to suffredin.org

Cook County Assessor’s Office Publicly Releases Residential Assessment Code and Models
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Special to suffredin.org

EDITORIAL: Long in the MWRD pipeline, IG plan needs a yes vote
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County Health Cuts Ribbon on Outpatient Center in Arlington Heights
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Daily Herald

Celebrate Earth Day with the Forest Preserves of Cook County
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Special to suffredin.org

Homeowners in Chicago have just a few weeks to get current on their 2017 property taxes - or risk losing their homes. WBEZ’s Odette Yousef reports.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
WBEZ Chiacgo Public Radio

Editorial: The Foxx-Smollett questions for Inspector General Blanchard
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Cook County pet owners warned of spring coyote dangers
Monday, April 15, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County inspector general to review prosecutors' handling of Jussie Smollett case
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Foxx requests Cook County IG investigation into handling of Jussie Smollett case
Friday, April 12, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

A challenge to one of Chicago's biggest draws for companies
Friday, April 12, 2019
Crain's Chicago Business

What Evanston's assessments tell us about the new assessor's new math
Friday, April 12, 2019
Crain's Chicago Business

$3.85 million granted in lawsuit against ex-Cook County forest preserve worker charged in fatal on-the-job crash
Thursday, April 11, 2019
Chicago Tribune

A Day in the Life of a Cook County Burn Crew
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
WTTW News

EDITORIAL: Splitting up the region’s sanitation board is an idea that stinks
Monday, April 08, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Lawmakers Look To Keep 10-Year-Olds Out Of Jail
Thursday, April 04, 2019

Property Tax Workshops Help Homeowners Appeal Assessments
Wednesday, April 03, 2019
Evanston RoundTable

Large crowds of Evanston residents turn out to appeal property tax assessments
Tuesday, April 02, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Family of slain cabbie accuses Cook County state's attorney's office of dodging FOIA request
Monday, April 01, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Property Tax Appeal Seminar Set For New Trier Township Residents
Monday, April 01, 2019
Journal and Topics Online

all news items

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