Cook County Board of Commissioners - December 12, 2018
Committees: Rules and Administration, Zoning and Building, Finance
Meeting Length: 2 hours
What did the Board decide?
What else did the Board discuss or refer to committee?
The following items were referred to these respective committees:
Legislation & Intergovernmental Relations Committee
Observer - Karin Hribar
Cook County Board of Commissioners Meeting - November 14, 2018
All commissioners were present except Commissioner Garcia who was in Washington DC, for Congress Orientation. Commissioners Boykin, Butler, Fritchey, Garcia, Goslin, Moody and Schneider were honored for their service on the Cook County Board.
What did the Board decide?
The Annual Calendar of regular and consent meetings for the calendar year 2019 was approved. Click here to see schedule of meetings.
What else did the Board decide:
Committee Items Requiring Board Action:
Watch for in the Future
Observer - Nancy Marcus Meeting Length: About 3 ½ hours
Cook County Board and Finance Committee Meetings - November 15, 2018
By unanimous vote (15 to 0, with Commissioners Butler and Garcia absent), the Cook County Board approved the budget for fiscal year 2019 that begins on December 1, 2018. Prior to that vote, the Finance Committee (a committee composed of all the Commissioners) approved 16 amendments which are incorporated into the final budget.
These amendments include one which increased the Revenue for the General Fund amount by $11.4 million based on (1) higher surplus in TIF accounts released by Chicago, (2) higher projected revenues by the Treasurer, and (3) projected increases in reimbursements from other governments. This additional $11.4 million was disbursed by several amendments which
Two other amendments:
The Finance Committee meeting lasted less than 1 hour, the shortest budget amendment meeting since the League began observing in the mid-2000’s.
Observer - Priscilla Mims
Cook County Board of Commissioners Meeting - October 17, 2018
Commissioners Present: All but Commissioners Butler and Goslin
Approved Items of Interest:
The following items referred from Committees of the Board were approved with no discussion:
Other Items Approved:
Item of Interest for future meetings:
Observer: Beverly Graham Meeting Length: 1 hour and 50 minutes
Cook County Board Approves Ordinance Calling for an End to "Zero Tolerance" Policy of U. S. President
Cook County Board of Commissioners Meeting - June 27, 2018
Observer - Diane Edmundson Length of Meeting - 2 hours
Cook County Board Meeting - February 10, 2016
Standout Decision for Meeting:
The Cook County Commissioners unanimously supported a resolution urging the US government to grant non-citizen Veterans and their families the right to remain legally in the country despite minor non-violent offenses that may have been committed and caused deportation. Both Republican and Democratic commissioners joined to support the resolution.
Significant Decisions Made:
The board also passed a resolution urging the State legislature to restore the 12 month grace period before Cook County properties will be offered up to tax debt buyers.
Significant Topics Discussed:
A tax incentive for Walmart to locate in Homewood on a vacant rental property was referred to the Economic Development Committee (Item 16-0456). Many commissioners pushed back regarding offering lower taxes to Walmart. Com. Murphy presented the item, and said the alternative was their moving to Indiana. They recently announced the closure of the Matteson Walmart store (in Com. Sims’ district), and this is an effort to keep them in the community. Com. Garcia said he would give the item a vigorous hearing during committee.
Items to Watch for in the Future:
Observer: Amy Little Meeting Length - 3 hours
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