Cook County Board Finance Committee - July 24, 2018
Midyear Budget Hearing - Day 2 - afternoon session
Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas had the shortest meeting of all:
Cook County Inspector General's Office:
Recorder of Deeds, Karen Yarborough, presented her budget at 2pm.
Clerk of the Circuit Court, Dorothy Brown, relied most of the time on the comptroller to discuss the details of her budget and whether she would be within it.
Chief Judge Tim Evans is running at 2% over budget.
Budget hearings were adjourned at 4pm. Commissioners Garcia, Sims, Daley, Silvestri, Tobolski, Deer, Boykin, Moore, Moody, and Suffredin were present for most of the budget hearings.
Observer - Amy Little
Cook County Board of Commissioners Meeting - November 15, 2017
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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)
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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.
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Observer - Laura Davis Meeting: 9:45 to 12:45
Cook County Board of Commissioners Board and Committee Meetings - March 8, 2017
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Other Discussion of Interest: Cook County Health & Hospitals System (CCHHS) Issues
During the Finance Committee’s consideration of a monthly report from CCHHS:
Observer: Priscilla Mims Length of Board Meeting: 1 hour
Cook County Board of Commissioners Committee Meetings and Board Meeting
January 18, 2017
Legislation and Intergovernmental Relations Committee Meeting Meeting Length - 40 minutes
During this meeting the committee continued with hearings related to the fiscal impact of overtime paid to Cook County employees. Today Karen Yarborough, Recorder of Deeds, outlined her office's experience to date with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and its impact on overtime.
The Board of Review cross-trains with the Assessor’s office to allow workers to fill in during absences. Cross-training between departments may help offset the issue in the future but apparently needs to be part of union negotiations.
Business and Economic Development Committee
Comm. Gainer asked about information requested for a report on Class 8 Economic Incentive Awards. Susan Campbell, from the Planning and Development Dept. of Cook County stated she had requested the information from the Assessor’s office more than a month ago, but had not received anything back. Chairman Garcia stated his office had received information from the Assessor’s office, only after filing a FOIA, but it was provided in an unhelpful, incomplete format. His office was attempting to compile the information into a meaningful report. Comm. Gainer stated she was willing to make a call to see about getting the necessary information so a report could be produced.
Board of Commissioners Meeting Meeting Length: Only 1 hour 15 minutes!
The Consent Agenda honoring individuals and organizations has been moved to a separate meeting time and it seems to have resulted in a more incisive board meeting. Now each agenda item presented to the Board for consideration is explained in layman’s language by the commissioner presenting the item before action is taken. This clarifies the meeting immensely for both observers and commissioners
Significant Topics Discussed and/or Referred to Committee:
Observer - Amy Little
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