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:  
   
 
 

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.

   
  The first blood bank in the world was established at Cook County Hospital by Dr. Bernard Fantus in 1937.
   
     
     
     



Former County Commissioner Shocked Animal Abuser Registry He Worked To Create Was Never Used

Thursday, July 25, 2019
CBS Chicago
by Tara Molina

CHICAGO (CBS) — Cook County’s animal abuser registry, meant to prevent convicted animal abusers from buying pets, has never been used since it was created.

Former county commissioner John Fritchey said he fought for the creation of the registry and the whole point was to protect animals. For years, because of this neglect, that has not happened.

In Cook County, any animal abuse offender who tries to adopt or buy a pet can be fined up to $5,000.

Maybe that would happen if the county was enforcing its own ordinance and using its own system.

CBS 2 found the abuser registry the Fritchey worked to create with Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart has not been used once for years.

“The sad reality is I have no doubt that there are people who should not have been able to buy a pet, who have been convicted of committing horrible crimes against the animals, who have walked out of pet shops with new victims,” Fritchey said.

He did not know the registry had not been used until CBS 2’s first story on the topic.

“When I saw your story yesterday, my jaw dropped,” he said. “This was not something that was passed as a feel good ordinance. This is something that was passed to protect animals, to prevent felons from getting their hands on more animals.”

The ordinance directs the judge to order offenders to register and the clerk to share that information with the sheriff’s office.

“I think a lot of judges aren’t aware that they have to notify these people that they have to register,” Fritchey said. “If those people aren’t being notified, then the clerk’s office doesn’t know that they have to send that information to the sheriff’s office. So now all of a sudden you have everything fall through the cracks, and you end up with an empty registry.”

Chief Judge Timothy Evans’ office is looking into this, but CBS 2 has still not heard back from the clerk’s office. The sheriff’s department said it is still waiting on information from the clerk’s office, so it can start enforcing the ordinance.

“The key though is when we find a situation like this, as we did through your report, that we bring it to people’s attention and we take the steps necessary to make sure the law works how it’s supposed to,” Fritchey said.

He took another look at the ordinance, and said in the long-term changes could be made with automatic entries to prevent this from happening again.

 



Recent Headlines

Live Updates: Looting Causes Food Shortages; Security Firms See Spike In Demand
Wednesday, June 03, 2020
WBEZ

So many were killed by gunfire in Chicago Sunday, the medical examiner brought in extra pathologists for the autopsies
Wednesday, June 03, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here’s what’s happening Wednesday with COVID-19 in the Chicago area
Wednesday, June 03, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Pritzker, Preckwinkle, faith leaders look ahead to rebuilding
Tuesday, June 02, 2020
Crain's Chicago Business

Social distancing measures remain in place at county jail
Tuesday, June 02, 2020
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Protests and peace: Pritzker, Preckwinkle, Cupich call for ‘peaceful action’ to stem ‘contagion’ of racism
Tuesday, June 02, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

With Dozens Being Shot Every Day, Anti-Violence Groups Continue Working Amid Looting And COVID-19
Tuesday, June 02, 2020
WBEZ News

Judge tells Cicero no more surprise visits at nursing home where more than a dozen died from coronavirus
Tuesday, June 02, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

George Floyd fallout: Gov. J.B. Pritzker deploys National Guard to suburbs, access to downtown Chicago remains restricted
Tuesday, June 02, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Circuit Court Clerk introduces electronic options for court information in non-criminal matters
Tuesday, June 02, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County sends officers, intel to aid suburban police: ‘We have been called everywhere’
Tuesday, June 02, 2020
The Daily Line

26th employee contracts COVID-19 at Cook County Circuit Court Clerk’s office
Tuesday, June 02, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Senior citizens in subsidized housing have been dying alone at home, unnoticed because of coronavirus distancing
Tuesday, June 02, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Disaster Proclamation Issued For Cook County As Chicago Faces Looting, Vandalism
Monday, June 01, 2020
Blockclub Chicago

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart: Carry on peaceful protests, but looters and arsonists will go to jail
Monday, June 01, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Monitoring Progress in Meeting the Criteria to Move to Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan
Monday, June 01, 2020
Evanston RoundTable

Chicago protests of George Floyd death live blog: June 1, 2020
Monday, June 01, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Pritzker declares disaster in nine counties, mobilizes more National Guard troops, calls ‘for calm and peace in our streets’
Monday, June 01, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Editorial: Zero tolerance for rioting in the fight for police reform
Sunday, May 31, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Preckwinkle, Foxx: Don't let looters hijack reform
Sunday, May 31, 2020
Crain's Chicago Business

all news items

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