Suffredin- Changing County Government  
 

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:  
   
 
 

Search current and proposed Cook County Legislation in Larry's exclusive legislative library.

   
 

The Cook County Code of Ordinances are the current laws of Cook County.

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



Stroger defends hiring at juvenile center

Friday, September 09, 2005
Chicago Tribune
by Jeff Coen

A defensive Cook County Board President John Stroger said Thursday that he rejects allegations he has filled the county's Juvenile Temporary Detention Center with unqualified patronage hires who allow youths housed there to languish in disturbing conditions.

At a marathon County Board meeting marked by shouted accusations and counter-accusations, Stroger told commissioners seeking an independent audit of the facility to "stop beating up on my personnel" and denied he has dumped political "hacks" into the facility where some 450 juveniles are housed.

The audit proposal, sponsored by Commissioners Forrest Claypool Larry Suffredin, was sent to a committee for a hearing as soon as Sept. 21.

Stroger repeatedly insisted during the meeting and afterward that recent Chicago Tribune editorials stemming from an editorial board investigation were wrong in saying he has placed underqualified people or political cronies in charge of the center.

When asked if he expected the hearing of the board's Family Court and Juvenile Detention Center Committee to turn up no problems, Stroger replied, "I didn't say that and I haven't inferred that.

"There have got to be some problems, but to say that all these people are bad people, not trained properly, political stooges and hacks, I resent that."

The editorial board investigation found that at least 7 percent of the 480 employees at the center have criminal records. It is a woefully disorganized, dirty and at times abusive facility that Stroger has used as a patronage dumping ground, the investigation found.

Claypool and Suffredin, who also called for an audit of the troubled Provident Hospital in the same resolution, wound up split on whether the allegations should first be heard by the committee.

Claypool said problems at the center and the hospital demand immediate action. The hospital's former chief financial officer has been indicted in connection with a fraud scheme, and the Illinois Department of Public Health has found problems with the way the facility is run.

"We've had two major sets of allegations against two major institutions that serve the most vulnerable people in our county: poor patients at Provident Hospital and young men and women in the juvenile detention center who deserve a second chance in life, who deserve to be tutored and educated and put on the straight and narrow rather than potentially abused and potentially misdirected," Claypool said.

Suffredin, who voted in favor of the committee hearing, said Jerry Robinson, the detention center's new superintendent, deserves a chance to explain the difficulties at the facility.

"I think there are some serious issues," he said. "I don't know who's made all the allegations."

Robinson was identified in the Tribune investigation as having limited experience with youth or in corrections and as being a friend of Stroger's chief of staff. He was hired over more qualified candidates, according the watchdog John Howard Association.

"I don't think John Howard was elected to run this government," Stroger said, defending the Robinson hiring after the board meeting.

 



Recent Headlines

Cook County board to vote on new budget today
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
WGN Channel 9

Preckwinkle agrees to fewer Cook County job cuts; hundreds of layoffs still in works
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Chicago Tribune

Teamsters Local 700 Files for Temporary Restraining Order Against Cook County Merit Board
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Special to suffredin.org

How Cook County finally got a new budget
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Crain's Chicago Business

ONTIVEROS: I think I miss that soda pop tax
Monday, November 20, 2017
Chicago Sun-Times

Budget Cuts Expected For Cook County Public Guardian’s Office
Monday, November 20, 2017
CBS Chicago

Ex-Cook County Board President Todd Stroger says he's running again
Monday, November 20, 2017
Chicago Tribune

More than 300 Cook County employees will lose jobs to balance budget
Monday, November 20, 2017
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County Jail Population Down 15 Percent After Bond Reforms
Monday, November 20, 2017
WTTW Chicago Tonight

Stroger vs. Preckwinkle: Hide your wallets.
Monday, November 20, 2017
Chicago Tribune

After momentous week, prosecutor Kim Foxx says 'we have to right wrongs'
Monday, November 20, 2017
Chicago Tribune

Police union president slams Foxx, prosecutors after exonerations
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Chicago Sun-Times

MIHALOPOULOS: Will pop-tax anger unseat Preckwinkle, or fizzle out?
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Chicago Sun-Times

After Warning of 'Painful Cuts,' Preckwinkle to Unveil 2018 Budget Amendment
Friday, November 17, 2017
NBC Chicago

Watchdog: Quit stalling on Cook County justice system data
Friday, November 17, 2017
Crain's Chicago Business

The Week in Review: Record Wave of Exonerations Tied to Rogue Cop
Friday, November 17, 2017
WTTW Chicago Tonight

Preckwinkle, some commissioners say enough votes for amended budget
Friday, November 17, 2017
Chicago Sun-Times

Preckwinkle: Nothing Pleasant About Hundreds Of Layoffs
Friday, November 17, 2017
CBS Chicago

Cook County commissioners get behind Preckwinkle's budget cuts
Friday, November 17, 2017
Chicago Tribune

Chuy Garcia Sole Cook County Commissioner Iffy on Budget
Friday, November 17, 2017
WTTW Chicago Tonight

all news items

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