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:  
   
 
 

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.

   
  Eighteen of the 20 largest banks in the world and more than 50 foreign banks have offices in Cook County.
   
     
     
     



Statement of Larry Suffredin

Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Special to suffredin.org

On November 29, 2006, The Cook County Board of Commissioners agreed to enter into a settlement agreement on behalf of Cook County with the plaintiffs in the federal court Shakman lawsuit. The settlement will resolve all pending civil matters related to any alleged violation of the Shakman consent decrees under the offices of the President and will allow the citizens of Cook County to have full confidence that the County is moving forward with both fair and honest administration of government and that the hiring of non-exempt positions are done so without the influence of politics. U.S. District Court Judge Wayne Andersen entered the order on November 30, 2006 accepting the settlement agreement.

In brief, the settlement agreement provides for the following:

A compliance administrator (“CA”) (respected retired Judge Julia A. Nowicki) will serve as an agent of the Court appointed to review County employment practices, assist in developing a new hiring plan and employee training, and ensure future compliance with the Shakman consent decrees and this settlement.

Persons who believe they have been the victim of political discrimination will have the ability to file complaints against the County with the CA and the County’s Inspector General. A process for the CA to review and determine whether such complaints that arise from events occurring on or after August 28, 2004 until November 30, 2006 have merit will be instituted and the CA will determine the compensation amounts for such claims.

After November 30, 2006, the county’s Inspector General shall review claims of discrimination and a process will be established to determine the validity of a claim. All processes and decisions by the parties will be subject to review by the U.S. District Court.

Effective March 1, 2009, the U.S. District Court may, upon the County’s request, terminate the 1994 Consent Judgment in the County in the Shakman case and the role of the CA, if the Court finds that the County has substantially complied.

I was pleased to be part of the close negotiations with the President Steele’s administration, the Office of the State’s Attorney and Judge Wayne Andersen, which resulted in the settlement of the lawsuit brought against the County. The parties on both sides worked hard to resolve this matter in a fair and meaningful manner.

In addition to the settlement, I served as a primary sponsor of an ordinance passed unanimously by the County Board on November 29, 2006, that forbids unlawful political discrimination in all aspects of non-exempt employment within the County. The ordinance directs any employee of the County who learns of any unlawful political discrimination in connect with any aspect of government employment with the County, or who believes that such unlawful political discrimination has occurred or is occurring, to report this information to the Cook County’s Inspector General’s Office.

The settlement and the enactment of the ordinance, which are endorsed by President-elect Todd Stroger, are very positive steps toward reforming Cook County’s hiring practices and provide our employees and the public with confidence that Cook County’s employment practices are ethical and fair.



Recent Headlines

Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Online Taste of Chicago starts today with food trucks, list of restaurants to order from
Wednesday, July 08, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Most Second Installment Residential and Commercial Property Tax Bills Higher
Tuesday, July 07, 2020
Evanston RoundTable

Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here’s what’s happening Tuesday with COVID-19 in the Chicago area
Tuesday, July 07, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Another tool to help address flooding and promote economic development in Cook County
Tuesday, July 07, 2020
The Daily Line

Cook County Commissioners urge passage of Justice for Black Lives resolution to shift resources from incarceration to human needs
Tuesday, July 07, 2020
Special to suffredin.org

Cook County Announces $41M Grant to Fund COVID-19 Contact Tracing
Tuesday, July 07, 2020
The Chicago Crusader

Check Your Mailbox. That Vote By Mail Application May Be Coming Soon.
Tuesday, July 07, 2020
WBEZ News

Lightfoot, senior advocates strike deal on Covid-19 housing protection ordinance
Monday, July 06, 2020
The Daily Line

Wellness checks and lines as Cook County courthouses open, hold more in-person hearings
Monday, July 06, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County Circuit Court resuming limited in-person operations Monday
Monday, July 06, 2020

Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here’s what’s happening Monday with COVID-19 in the Chicago area
Monday, July 06, 2020
Chicago Tribune

New flood maps tell us we aren’t doing enough to stop rising waters
Sunday, July 05, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County courts start reopening Monday, with thousands of cases stalled by pandemic. ‘How do you wake the sleeping giant?’
Saturday, July 04, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Cook County Board considers nonbinding proposal to shift money from ‘failed and racist’ policing, incarceration systems
Saturday, July 04, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Coronavirus pandemic should spur family talk about financial planning, too
Saturday, July 04, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

COVID-19 Cases Are On The Rise In Some Parts Of Illinois. This Worries Experts.
Friday, July 03, 2020
WBEZ News

Cannabis, gambling taxes to boost county amid long-term budget woes
Thursday, July 02, 2020
The Daily Line

Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here’s what’s happening Thursday with COVID-19 in the Chicago area
Thursday, July 02, 2020
Chicago Tribune

'Going To Do The Best We Can': Cook County Adjusts Outreach Strategy For US Census Due To COVID-19
Thursday, July 02, 2020
WBBM Radio

Why local school districts are lining up against Fritz Kaegi
Thursday, July 02, 2020
Crain's Chicago Business

all news items

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