Suffredin- Changing County Government  

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

Cook County commissioners delay vote on replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day
Columbus Day will remain a holiday in Cook County for now after a vote to replace it with Indigenous Peoples’ Day was delayed. The resolution faced pushback from local Italian American organizations. It was the second time a vote on the issue was postponed this year.

Tuesday, October 05, 2021
Chicago Sun-Times
by Jason Beeferman

The Cook County Board of Commissioners voted to defer a resolution that would change Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day, the second time a vote on the issue was delayed this year.

The resolution was viewed as a step toward reconciliation and healing for Native American communities, but it faced pushback on Tuesday from members of the county’s Italian American community, as well as Black descendants of those enslaved by the Native American tribes.

If passed, it would remove Columbus Day from the calendar and declare the second Monday in October “exclusively be recognized as Indigenous Peoples’ Day” in Cook County. Native Americans in the county make up the ninth largest Urban Native community in the U.S., the resolution said.

The resolution was initially debated in late May, but a vote was delayed after pushback from Cook County Commissioner Stanley Moore, whose grandfather was a Choctaw Freedman.

In May, Moore said that despite his grandfather’s ties to the tribe, he has been denied recognition as a descendant. The denial prevents him and other freedmen’s descendants from accessing benefits exclusive to descendants of the tribe, such as education and housing assistance and casino profits.

Proponents of the resolution included organizations such as the Native American Rights Fund, Chicago NOW (National Organization for Women) and the Chicago Teachers Union, according to Rev. Erin James-Brown, who spoke in favor of the resolution. Chicago Public Schools voted to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day last year.

Those advocating to replace Columbus Day said it represents the genocide committed against Native peoples by white settlers and explorers like Columbus.

“Genocide, rape, murder, colonization, slavery. That’s the legacy of Columbus,” said Les Begay, a citizen of the Dine Nation. “We’re asking for recognition, we’re asking for reconciliation for the atrocities and the murders of the indigenous people.

But Italian Americans like Salvatore Camarda, the second vice president of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans, said to them the holiday represents their Italian heritage, and the Italian community’s perseverance in the face of violence and discrimination. Camarda referenced the 1891 lynching of 11 Sicilian Americans in New Orleans, one of the deadliest lynchings in U.S. history.

“If any other groups want to have their own reconciliation day, there’s 364 other days in a calendar year, but do not attempt to take this day away with such a historic significance for 20 million Italian Americans in this country,” Camarda said.

But many activists questioned the motivations of those who opposed the holiday change, and said the resolution would be the first step in a long fight for reconciliation.

“This isn’t about heritage and culture, this is about power dynamics,” said Maria Acosta, speaking on behalf of the Illinois Poor People’s Campaign. “We celebrate a united rejection against white supremacy.”


Recent Headlines

Cook County Officials, Faith Leaders Urge COVID-19 Vaccinations, Boosters
Thursday, December 02, 2021

Barry White, the Chicken Lady and the long road home: How a Cook County sheriff’s initiative reunited a missing man with his family
Wednesday, December 01, 2021
Chicago Tribune

For the Love Of Water (FLOW) is a summary of news from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago.
Wednesday, December 01, 2021
Special to

Circuit Court of Cook County Clerk’s Office modernizes 1 year after Brown’s departure
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
WGN News

More than 1,000 people have been murdered in Cook County this year, the most since 1994
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Chicago Sun-Times

Proposed 16-story building at 1900 Sherman raises questions about ‘affordable housing’ label
Monday, November 29, 2021
Evanston RoundTable

Cook County Government in the Market for a Power Player as It Aims for 100% Renewable Energy Goal
Monday, November 29, 2021

'Most people’ benefit from overhauled assessment system, Kaegi says in reelection pitch
Sunday, November 28, 2021
The Daily Line

Fire on the prairie: Curative use of fire at the Forest Preserves of Cook County, bonus remotest spot
Saturday, November 27, 2021
Chicago Sun-Times

City officials, ‘prepared to take action’ after discovery of omicron variant, urge more people to get vaccinated
Friday, November 26, 2021
Chicago Sun-Times

From tearful interviews to summoning ambulances, contact tracing ‘takes an emotional and psychological toll.’ Cook County is offering mental health support.
Friday, November 26, 2021
Chicago Tribune

Suburban Chicago police departments now equipped with therapists when responding to calls
Wednesday, November 24, 2021
Fox 32 Chicago

Small Business Owners Say Soaring Property Tax Assessments Could Put Them Out of Business
Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Evictions Jump After Ban Ends, But Tsunami Fails to Materialize in Chicago, Cook County: Data
Tuesday, November 23, 2021

‘What else can I do?’: Problems in expungement court slow attempts by some to get lives back on track after criminal cases
Monday, November 22, 2021
Chicago Tribune

Cook County sheriff’s mechanics say free light repair events provide opportunity to support community
Friday, November 19, 2021
Daily Southtown

Flush with federal money, Cook County board passes largest ever budget for 2022
Thursday, November 18, 2021

Downtown small-business owners brace for the Kaegi effect
Thursday, November 18, 2021
Crain's Chicago Business

Cook County unanimously passes $8 billion budget
Thursday, November 18, 2021
Crain's Chicago Business

Cook County Juror Pay to Double Next Year Under New Measure
Thursday, November 18, 2021

all news items

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