Cook County Board of Commissioners Meeting - November 15, 2017
Significant Actions Taken:
Other Items of Interest:
Most of the items on the agenda were referred to committees.
Observed by: Nancy Marcus Meeting Length: 1 hour
Cook County Board of Commissioners Finance Committee - Departmental Budget Hearings
October 30, 2017 (afternoon sessions that started at 1 pm)
Recorder of Deeds
Commissioners absent for all or most of the meetings: Arroyo, Butler, Fritchey (watching from home), Goslin, Moody
Commissioners present: Boykin, Daley, Deer, Gainer, Garcia, Moore (arrived 1:50), Morrison, Schneider, Silvestri, Sims, Suffredin (arrived 2:55), Tobolski (there for Treasurer)
Items of Interest:
Observer - Priscilla Mims
Cook County Board of Commissioners Board Meeting - April 12, 2017
At the end of the Finance Committee that preceded the Board Meeting, a report from the Cook County Health and Hospitals System (CCHHS) CFO stated that the state owes $45 million to the county for FY16. There is a match that the county makes to the state that is required to meet the federal match and CCHHS makes expedited payments to the state in order to get the money back from the federal government. The money is actually driven down by the CFO and hand delivered to the state office in order to prevent the continued delay from the state regarding not yet receiving the match money from the county!
Comm. Boykin asked Dr. Jay Shannon, CCHHS CEO, to explain the status of the gun violence reduction study being done by CCHHS. Dr. Shannon said that the study continues, but preliminary results show major stresses on families and communities are similar to the stresses that researchers are finding with children in Syria! Trauma Informed Care is showing that the trauma of living in a continued state of stress leads to chronic behavioral problems and ultimately to physical disease. He described it as a cascading problem. CCHHS is targeting community based care which will offer social and mental health support in the affected communities. The goal is for CCHHS to get into the community, and better results will occur. Comm. Steele suggested looking at mental health awareness. Comm. Sims then offered her own experience of visiting with families and educating families about resources available. Dr. Shannon explained that almost anything can be accomplished if the resources are available. Comm. Sims then said that she thought they all would agree to find a way and she suggested that the Dept of Human Services should take the lead. There are other models in the country where communities have put through referendums to tax the affected community in order to financially support the needed services.
During Public Comment two women from the violence impacted communities provided emotional testimony and one stated that she was with the Warriors on the Watch. They described needed services and support for neighborhoods filled with liquor stores and abandoned houses. They expressed anger about guns and gangs and kids dying in the street. They asked for work “in our communities, so we don’t have to duck and die." One called out Comm. Sims and said she is in the suburbs, not the west side. Both were verbally supported by comments from Mr. George Blakemore.
Significant Issues Discussed and/or Action Taken:
Observer - Laura Davis Meeting: 9:45 to 12:45
Cook County Board Finance Committee - Departmental Budget Hearings
Day #5 of Budget Hearings - October 21, 2016
Office of County Clerk - presented by David Orr, Cook County Clerk
Proposed Budget: $31 million down from about $34 million
Proposed FTEs: Currently 275 down from 310 4 years ago.
Key Information Presented:
Chicago Board of Elections
Key Information Presented:
Bureau of Technology - presented by Simona Rollinson, Director
Presentation lasted 15 minutes and the prepared slides did not work.
FY17 - $31.5M
FY16 - $32.1M
Decrease of about $600,000
FY17 - 151
FY16 - 150
Increase of 1 FTE
Key Information Presented:
Commissioners present included Garcia, Morrison, Sims, Schneider, Moody, Tobolski.
Observer - Laura Davis
Cook County Board of Commissioners Meeting - August 3, 2016
Significant Topic Discussed and Deferred:
November Ballot Referendum - Commissioners in favor of having voters decide this November if the office of the Cook County Recorder of Deeds should be consolidated with the County Clerk’s office, dodged a challenge! A new resolution (Agenda Item #16-4660) that would remove the question from the ballot and replace it with an impact study was “deferred”, although public testimony was allowed. Protestors charged that racism motivated the referendum. Commissioners for and against pushed back vigorously on the charge. It is not clear whether deferred means “dead” or if the matter will be taken up again before the November election.
Other Significant Topics Approved or Referred to Committee:
Meeting Rules Changes Under Consideration:
Observer - Diane Edmundson
Cook County Board of Commissioners Meeting - June 29, 2016
Significant Decisions Made:
The Board voted (10 to 5) to place a Referendum on the November ballot asking voters to decide whether the Office of Recorder of Deeds should be combined with the Office of County Clerk. Proponents of the Bill, sponsored by Commissioner John Fritchey, said now begins the period, before the election, when we must educate the public on the necessity of combining the offices. Fritchey said eight of the largest counties in the United States have combined the offices of the Recorder of Deeds with the County Clerk for financial savings. (Agenda Item 15-6190)
Gun Violence resolutions passed by the Board:
A proposed ordinance amendment on Performance Based Management was referred to the Finance Committee. (Agenda Item 16-3977)
Observer - Eleanor Prince
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