Suffredin- An Advocate for All of Us  

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 Hospital fills more outpatient prescriptions every day than are filled at 26 Walgreen's drug store combined.


Thursday, January 31, 2019
Medill Reports
by Dwight A. Weingarten


By Dwight A. Weingarten 
Medill Reports

Balancing your family budget often starts with taking a hard look at available income before determining the expenses you can afford.

For Cook County, a new Independent Revenue Forecasting Commission will be mapping out the county’s projected revenue starting in April in response to widespread criticism that forced repeal of the soda pop tax little more than two months after the tax took effect in 2017.

“The goal of the commission is to inform the budget process,” said Victoria Moreno, director of legislation for former commissioner Jesús G. “Chuy” García, who was the chief sponsor of the revenue forecasting ordinance.

Jan. 24 Cook County Board meeting. (Dwight Weingarten/MEDILL)

The independent commission will provide quarterly updates for the county’s five-year expected revenue to the commissioners and to the public rather than the information coming from the Cook County Board president’s office during budget meetings.

“Part of this proposal is meant to provide a balance between the executive and the legislature so they both have the same information that they are communicating on a regular basis,” Moreno said.

“All you have right now in the county is the president and her financial team,” said Richard R. Boykin, who co-sponsored the ordinance, which created the Independent Revenue Forecasting Commission. Boykin has since left the county board after being defeated in a primary election last March.

Boykin likened the new commission to the Congressional Budget Office, a non-partisan organization designed to produce analyses to help the budget process at the federal level.

Before elected to Congress himself in fall, García (D-4th) worked to pass the ordinance to create the independent three member commission, which is comprised of two economists from universities in Cook County and one member of the public with expertise in public finance.

Under the new ordinance, the Cook County Board President, currently Toni Preckwinkle who is a Chicago mayoral candidate, will appoint the team. All members of the revenue commission will be subject to board approval.

Members of the committee have not yet been selected, said Becky Schlikerman, a spokesperson for Preckwinkle, in an email.

Current Cook County Board President and mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle pictured here at the Cook County Board of Commissioners meeting on Jan. 24. (Dwight A. Weingarten/MEDILL)

“A lot of times the budget calculations are politically driven,” said Shelia Weinberg, the CEO of Truth in Accounting, an organization that works to provide citizens with understandable, reliable, and transparent government financial information, calling the commission “a first step.”

“We would love to have the commission expand to include the expense side also,” Weinberg said.

The Civic Federation, a non-partisan financial research group, also advocated for the commission to expand its scope to include expenditure forecasting in a Nov. blog post.

“Citizens need to have accurate financial information so they can be knowledgeable participants in their government,” Weinberg said.

Photo at Top: The idea of the Independent Revenue Forecasting Commission originated after the repeal of soda pop tax by the Cook County Board of Commissioners in October 2017, little more than two months after it took effect. (Dwight A. Weingarten/MEDILL)

Recent Headlines

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

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

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

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

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.