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



Cook County Forest Preserves Show Off To Visitors At Daley Plaza

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
WBBW News Radio
by Lisa Fielding

Cook County workers could soon have a new way to fight sexual harassment. County Inspector General Patrick Blanchard, an independent watchdog for the county’s 22,000 employees, is in the final stages of hiring an investigator who will focus on cases involving sexual harassment and other forms of employment discrimination. The county board funded the job last fall in light of the national #MeToo movement, while eliminating more than 1,000 vacant jobs and laying off hundreds of workers to close a more than $300 million budget gap. Commissioner Richard Boykin (D-Oak Park) spearheaded the investigator role, a rare add to Blanchard’s office given the county’s financial constraints. “We thought that it was an important thing to do as an acknowledgement to the fact that there is a problem in big organizations with sexual harassment,” Boykin said. Blanchard, who was appointed in 2008, oversees a staff of 15 people and an annual budget of nearly $2 million. His investigators include former federal agents and prosecutors who aim to root out waste and corruption in Cook County government. The new investigator will earn about $80,000 a year, look into complaints involving county workers and contractors who do business with the county, and help train employees about sexual harassment. Blanchard’s office completes up to 400 cases a year. The most common complaint is employee misconduct: think theft, accepting a bribe, or punching in and then leaving to go out for breakfast. Blanchard said he doesn’t get many sexual harassment complaints, but that doesn’t mean it’s not happening more often, he said. “Sexual harassment can come in so many different forms that I don’t think everybody — all employees — understand exactly what it is, and importantly, what they can do when they encounter it,” Blanchard said. Currently, county employees can report harassment to designated officers. Those officers report to the county’s Bureau of Human Resources. Becky Schlikerman, a county spokeswoman, said officers make independent decisions and are not influenced by county board President Toni Preckwinkle’s office. They also don’t have subpoena power like Blanchard. Still, Blanchard’s hands are somewhat tied. He can only recommend that alleged harassers get fired. Kristen Schorsch covers Cook County politics for WBEZ. Follow her on Twitter at @kschorsch. #Cook County, Illinois #Cook County Board of Commissioners


Recent Headlines

Preckwinkle, Evans end budget battle
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Crain's Chicago Business

How Transparent and Accountable Are Chicago, Cook County Governments?
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
WTTW Chicago Tonight

2 Cook County courthouses to close, employees spared layoffs under budget settlement: officials
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Troubled detainee at center of unusual court fight between Loyola hospital, Cook County
Monday, July 16, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Cook County Commissioners Confounded by Hiring of Health System Consultant
Monday, July 16, 2018
WBEZ Chicago Public Radio

Doctor fired by Cook County medical examiner now under the microscope in Indiana
Sunday, July 15, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

County officials defend Forest Preserves police in wake of man harassing woman over Puerto Rican flag shirt
Friday, July 13, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Familiar questions about ‘bystander effect’ arise after man berates woman for Puerto Rico shirt
Friday, July 13, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Berrios' analysts used Zillow, other shortcuts in assessing property values, documents show
Friday, July 13, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Northbrook to revisit Cook County paid sick leave policy after opting out last year
Friday, July 13, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Cook County Forest Preserves officials discuss officer's resignation
Friday, July 13, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Amid video fallout, Cook County Forest Preserve District reveals fatal crash involving worker and governmental truck
Friday, July 13, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Transformation in the outdoors
Friday, July 13, 2018
Special to suffredin.org

Forest preserve cop resigns after apparently failing to help woman being harassed over Puerto Rico shirt
Thursday, July 12, 2018
Chicago Tribune

5 things: A civics lesson on Puerto Rico after man rants about woman's flag T-shirt, questions citizenship
Thursday, July 12, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Cook County Commissioners: Get Rid of Forest Preserve Police
Thursday, July 12, 2018
WTTW Chicago Tonight

Schneider wants hearing over fatal crash blamed on Cook forest preserve driver
Thursday, July 12, 2018
Daily Herald

Man who harassed woman for Puerto Rican flag shirt charged with hate crime
Thursday, July 12, 2018
WLS ABC 7 Chicago

EDITORIAL: A judge drops a gun on a courthouse floor. So much for respect for the law
Thursday, July 12, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

Forest preserve officer who didn't help woman in Puerto Rican flag shirt 'tarnished the whole department,' commissioner says
Thursday, July 12, 2018
Chicago Tribune

all news items

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