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Cook County Renames “Homeland Security” Department to Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security

Monday, October 28, 2019
Special to suffredin.org

The Cook County Board today passed an ordinance introduced and sponsored by Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin that renamed the “Homeland Security” Department to the “Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security.”

The change was instituted by a panic, caused at an Evanston street fair, where a Cook County vehicle with “Homeland Security” written on the side was mistaken for the federal Department of Homeland Security. At the time, people believed that the vehicle was being used to round up people who may have immigration issues. This came the same week that President Donald Trump called for major immigration raids.

After the panic, Commissioner Suffredin and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle immediately told the Cook County Department of Homeland Security to only use the County seal and name on its vehicles. Then they started the process to change the name.

After consultation with federal, state and local stakeholders, the new name was chosen because it better represents the functions of the Department, which is responsible for natural emergencies, including floods, fire, and weather, as well as training emergency personnel throughout the County.

The Board not only changed the name of the Homeland Security Department but the Cook County Board Homeland Security Committee as well. It will now be the Emergency Management and Regional Security Committee.



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