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:  
   
 
 

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

Dart warns of 'dramatic increase' in accused gun offenders released on electronic monitors
Friday, February 23, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Anti-soda tax PAC jumps in Cook County Board races
Monday, February 19, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

Wilmette minimum wage working group surveys businesses, will survey residents
Monday, February 19, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Circuit clerk gets stay on e-filing order
Friday, February 16, 2018
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Hundreds gather at Bridgeport church for Cmdr. Paul Bauer's wake
Friday, February 16, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Dart goes to court in effort to find person accusing him of domestic violence
Friday, February 16, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

Study says property tax system favors rich
Friday, February 16, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

Property Tax System ‘More Regressive’ in Cook County, Report Finds
Friday, February 16, 2018
WTTW Chicago Tonight

VIDEO: Cook County Jail detainees applaud CPD commander’s alleged killer
Friday, February 16, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

Blockbuster report: How Cook County tax system shafts the little guy
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Crain's Chicago Business

Order over lawsuits in Dorothy Brown’s office put on hold by appeals court
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

Dorothy Brown can't 'end-run' First Amendment, judge says in denying delay
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Cook County prosecutors toss more convictions tainted by corrupt ex-Chicago police Sgt. Ronald Watts
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Handwritten documents, Manila folders, carbon paper — welcome to Cook County criminal court
Monday, February 12, 2018
Chicago Tribune

2 Cook County Commissioners missed over a third of Forest Preserve meetings
Sunday, February 11, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County Jail guards lock down sweet union contract—despite sour budget mess
Sunday, February 11, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

Running for judge, Dorothy Brown’s inspector general accepts donation from bos
Friday, February 09, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook Co. President Urges Trump To Stop ICE Arrests In Courthouses
Wednesday, February 07, 2018
Beverly Patch

Voting in Jail? New Bill Seeks to Expand Ballot Access for Detainees
Wednesday, February 07, 2018
WTTW Chicago Tonight

COOK COUNTY BOARD COMMISSIONER PROPOSES HEARING ON POLICE OVERSIGHT
Wednesday, February 07, 2018
WBEZ BGA

all news items

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