Cook County Board Finance Committee - July 23, 2018
Mid-Year Budget Hearings
The Finance Committee held Mid-Year Budget Hearings in connection with the Preliminary Budget Forecast for fiscal year 2019, Item 18-4447, beginning on July 23 to meet with all areas of County government. This is the first time such a process has been conducted. During the opening public comment period, the League of Women Voters of Cook County commended the Committee, noting that during last year’s meetings on the 2018 budget, a number of ideas to reduce costs were proposed, but there was not enough time to explore these ideas in order for them to be implemented during 2018. The League expressed its hope that having these mid-year hearings would allow time for any such ideas to be put forward and properly considered for the 2019 budget. The League also
Highlights from the hearings:
Priscilla Mims, observer
Marijuana Referendum, Sexual Harassment Policy, Public Testimony Decorum Passed Unanimously at County Board Meeting
Cook County Board of Commissioners Committees and Board Meeting
December 13, 2017
Meeting Length: Committees—3 hours 40 minutes, Board meeting—1 hour 40 minutes
Commissioners Absent: Butler, Schneider, Silvestri
Significant Decisions Made:
Significant Topics Discussed and/or referred to committee:
Technology reports presented updates and progress on various technology projects.
Health and Hospital System (CCHHS) presentation:
Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (JTDC) administrator Steve Smith requested another contract extension (Agenda Item 18-0877) to re-hire 30 private security personnel. This is about the 10th extension of this contract since 2008. Concern was expressed by the Board that this was not going out to bid and that late bidding requests came too often. The JTDC has 679 staff which is 2 1/2 staff per juvenile defendant. There are critical staffing issues at JTDC: high absence rate due to almost 40% of staff on FMLA (18% being absent everyday and 21% intermittent absence).
Unexpected Votes and Items to watch for in the Future:
Observer - Karin Hribar
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
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