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.

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



My “YES” vote on the 2018 Cook County Budget

Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Special to suffredin.org

This is the 15th Cook County budget I have worked to amend to meet the needs of Cook County residents for efficient services. I voted against the 2015 and 2016 budgets because they did not have the proper planning and coordination to protect our citizens.

Today I voted “YES” on the 2018 Cook County budget, not because it has the thoughtful planning and coordination I wanted, but because it is the best and only alternative to protect Cook County from a meltdown of key services.

This budget has 323 actual employees losing their jobs. These are employees who are being let go through no fault of their own. These are people who every day gave our citizens their best. The original proposed budget included over 600 job loses; but with good faith negotiations and a better understanding of job responsibilities we were able to save many services.

A year ago I hailed a budget that was “streamlining our workforce” with thoughtful decisions that reduced unnecessary jobs. Today we have damaged our workforce with cuts to essential services.

This budget allows our Cook County Health and Hospital System to meet changing patient needs through better planning by the Independent Board and better use of public health resources including Access to Care and the Children’s Advocacy Center.

In the future County Care has the potential to permanently stabilize the system through more earned fees. But remember, Cook County will always be responsible by law for the $110 million in free care required at the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center and the jail along with required services the Department of Public Health provides to suburban Cook County.

Last year’s budget protected the resources necessary to give our county lawyers in the State’s Attorney Office, the Public Defender Office and the Public Guardian office the tools that they needed. This year, after much negotiation, all three offices have the number of lawyers they need but they have fewer resources to do their jobs.

Unfortunately, many of the resources provided to the Circuit Court of Cook County have been eliminated. Reductions in probation services, social services and the elimination of the Mortgage Foreclosure program will make it harder to help people stay out of criminal trouble or financial trouble. In addition, the reductions at the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center will cause operational problems. These reductions may create legal liability.

The judiciary as a separate branch of government must have its independence protected in future budgets.

The problems of the judiciary are compounded by the deep cuts to the Sheriff’s Office which will make protecting the courts and the citizens who use them harder. These cuts will create potential legal liability in the way court services, the Sheriff’s Police and the Department of Corrections are operated. The Sheriff’s Office is essential to all citizen’s safety and it requires more not less resources.

This budget protects the $350 million extra pension payment the county established 2 years ago. Our pensions are among the most stable in Illinois, but they will continue to need extra payments to stay strong.

I have complained about the lack of planning and coordination by the board when considering the budgets and the real needs of the county. This budget lacks proper planning and coordination because of the way in which the board repealed the “Sweetened Beverage Tax.” The isolated repeal outside of the budget process made this budget much harder than if we were negotiating repeal and the budget at the same time.

Also, when the board repealed the “Sweetened Beverage Tax” it unintentionally voided a binding resolution and ordinance from last year that prohibits the raising of any taxes by the county until after 2020. This prohibition covered property taxes, sales taxes, and any home rule excise taxes. The loss of this protection to the taxpayers will make any future budget more difficult.



Recent Headlines

Cook County commissioners move to reclaim health powers
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Crain's Chicago Business

Cook County’s sweetened beverage tax worked: UIC study
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
WGN News

‘Sea change’ in county health system could put Preckwinkle, commissioners closer to the helm
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Fed Up With Postal Service Problems, North Side Officials Vow To Fix Constant Delivery Woes In Rogers Park
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Block Club Chicago

Cook County's short-lived 'soda' tax worked, says new study
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
University Of Illinois at Chicago

Annals of Internal Medicine: Sweetened Beverage Study
Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Elevating Evanston Youth
Monday, February 24, 2020
Northwestern

Cook County Health finance chief departs
Monday, February 24, 2020
Crain's Chicago Business

$14 million settlement proposed in lawsuit over Cook County inmates masturbating in front of female public defenders
Sunday, February 23, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

The correct response to violent crime? Believe it or not, we're seeing it in Cook County.
Friday, February 21, 2020
Crain's Chicago Business

For The First Time In More Than A Decade, The Waitlist For Suburban Public Housing Is Opening
Friday, February 21, 2020
WBEZ News

Flashback: Cook County Hospital was home to big egos, surgical drama and stalwarts who found purpose in treating the poor
Friday, February 21, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Can courts do more to force FOID card violators to give up their guns?
Monday, February 17, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Keep the Cook County Health board independent
Sunday, February 16, 2020
Crain's Chicago Business

Park Ridge looks to move 911 dispatching services to Cook County call center
Thursday, February 13, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Editorial: A report’s flaws suggest: Cook County bail reforms may have endangered the public
Thursday, February 13, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Offering rehab instead of jail time, ‘Drug Court’ gives some a second chance
Thursday, February 13, 2020
WGN News

Preckwinkle aide barred from her offices after sexual harassment incident
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Crain's Chicago Business

New outreach group combating Cook County’s opioid crisis by offering treatment, hope
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
WGN News

Evanston Officials Eye County Grant for Construction of New Animal Shelter
Monday, February 10, 2020
Evanston RoundTable

all news items

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