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 Cook County Forest Preserve District maintains over 70 miles of bicycle trails.
   
     
     
     



Cook County Jail Cooking Program Wins $50,000 MacArthur Award

Wednesday, January 27, 2016
DNA Info
by Janet Rausa Fuller

LITTLE VILLAGE ó Recipe For Change, a one-of-a-kind cooking program and nonprofit run out of Cook County Jail, was one of two recipients of a $50,000 MacArthur Foundation Holiday Award, the foundation said Wednesday.

Chef Bruno Abate started the cooking program at the jail in 2014 to bring together inmates in the medium-security division of the jail for weekly cooking classes. The goal is to help them develop marketable skills that will land them jobs upon release and keep them out of jail.

The other award recipient, the Chicago Pre-College Science and Engineering Program, develops hands-on activities for Chicago Public School students in several city neighborhoods, including North Lawndale, Englewood and Bronzeville.

Abate, who owns the Wicker Park restaurant Tocco, works with about 25 inmates at a time, teaching them how to make pasta, pizza and other dishes from scratch.

Every month, business leaders, potential donors and other outside guests come to the jail to eat lunch cooked by the inmates. Abate said one of those guests has included someone from the MacArthur Foundation.

Foundation employees nominate organizations for the annual award, said spokesman Sean Harder.

Last MayAbate had a pizza oven installed in the jail's basement kitchen, where the cooking classes are held. He secured the oven through a combination of private donations and a crowd-funding campaign.

Abate said the MacArthur award money will help fund further renovation of the kitchen.

He's getting closer to his longer-term goal of bringing food cooked by the inmates to the masses. He said he's waiting on license approval to sell the pizzas his students make in class to the correctional officers and fellow inmates at the jail.

Come summer, Abate also plans to have the students harvest and jar eggplant and zucchini from the jail's garden and sell them at the weekly Daley Plaza farmers



Recent Headlines

Re: Property Taxes IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM COMMISSIONER SUFFREDIN
Thursday, May 16, 2019
Special to suffredin.org

What's at stake in latest census numbers
Monday, April 22, 2019
Crain's Chicago Business

Legislation aims to make water rates across Illinois more affordable and equitable
Monday, April 22, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Dorothy Brown worker who allegedly lied to federal grand jury set for trial
Sunday, April 21, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Time is running out for an affordable housing fix
Friday, April 19, 2019
Crain's Chicago Business

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

Women Prisoners in Cook County Jail Curate Global Film Festival
Thursday, April 18, 2019
WBEZ Chicago Public Radio

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. WBEZís 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

Vote for your favorite presidential candidate. The Illinois Democratic County Chairís Association wants to know who you want to be the Democratic nominees for President and Vice President. Vote here.
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

all news items

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