Cook County Board Committee Meetings
October 21, 2020 - Committee Meetings were held from 9:30am-2:30pm
Items of Interest:
Health & Hospital Committee:
Agenda Item 20-4191 - Final Report on Merger of Recorder of Deeds Office with the Office of the County Clerk
Cook County Board Of Commissioners Meeting
October 22, 2020 Meeting Length - 3 hours 15 minutes
Key Items Addressed by the Board:
Agenda Item 20-4204
Mr. Israel Rocha, candidate for the Cook County Hospital’s CEO position,
received the blessing of the Cook County Board on October 22, 2020. His
offer package included a base salary of $650,000 plus a 10% performance-
based annual bonus opportunity. The industry’s standard severance package
of one year was reduced to 20 weeks. CCH Board President officially intro-
duced Mr. Rocha, though he had met most of the 17 Commissioners prior to
this meeting. While taking longer than the expected six months to identify
and vet the final candidate, it appears that the Cook County Board and the
Hospital Board are in strong agreement that they have found the right person.
Mr. Rocha has experience in all of the responsibility areas he will assume as
CEO, including: Public Health, A Managed Health Care Plan, Forensic Medi-
cine and an Ambulatory Care Network.
In his remarks, Mr. Rocha said that he wants to create a leading model of care
for Cook County. He offered the following six goals toward that end:
1. Operate a safe and clinically sound system of care
2. Responsive to patients’ needs
3. Take bold steps by breaking barriers to achieve equity and inclusion
4. Ensure fiscal and financial resilience
5. Be known as the employer of choice and the provider of choice
6. Be known as a leader in the advancement of medicine as a human right.
Agenda Item 20-3460 CC Board unanimously adopted Juneteenth as a county holiday.
Agenda Item 20-3562 The Board voted a substitute for the Proposed Landlord Tenant Ordinance
and then discharged it from the Finance Committee and referred it to the
Zoning & Building Committee. This ordinance is meant to establish the same
rights for all renters and tenants throughout suburban Cook County as those
currently enjoyed by citizens of Chicago, Evanston, and Mt. Prospect.
Agenda Item 20-4872 A resolution was passed stating the Clerk of the Court should collect $150 on
all mortgage foreclosure filings to be used to support a plan to save residents
from eviction and mortgage foreclosures. The Illinois Supreme Court authorized
the collection. Passed unanimously.
Agenda Item 20-4814 The Board unanimously passed a resolution to forgive loans made by the
County under the program established to deal with Covid. The County can use
CARES money from the federal government as long as it is done before the end
Agenda Item 20-3431 The Board approved appointment of Joseph M. Harrington to the CCH Board.
Agenda Item 20-4202 The Board passed an ordinance by President Preckwinkle to establish a
Property Assessed Clean Energy Program & Area. It is to finance the acqui-
sition, construction, installation or modification of energy projects.
Agenda Item 20-4684 The Cook County Board honored Dorothy Brown on her retirement from 20years of service as the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
Commissioners praised the Coronavirus report (9-30-20) as a great resource. The distribution
of funds was broken down into four areas: 1) direct costs, 2) workplace redesign, 3) economic
development and 4) grants to local governments (due by October 31).
Observers: Georgia Gebhardt and Diane Edmundson
Cook County Board of Commissioners Meeting - Sept. 24, 2020
Key Items Addressed by the Board:
Other item of note:
Observer: Carolyn Cosentino Length of Meeting 3 hr 32 min
Cook County Board Committee Meetings - Sept. 23, 2020
Litigation and Governmental Relations Committee 10:30am
Agenda Item 20-0016 Substitute Ordinance Amendment to Inspector General Ordinance:
(Sponsored by all CCB Commissioners)
Special Counsel Lechowicz stated that the changes, highlighted by bold type, add specificity to procedures as well as qualifications for the OIG. IG Blanchard stated his agreement to the committee, adding that the changes make the ordinance better and stronger. It was passed with unanimous aye votes.
Included in the Substitute Ordinance Amendment:
Agenda Item 20-3428 Appointment of Raul Garza to CCHHS Board of Directors, 4 yr term. Statements of welcome and support were made by commissioners. Mr. Garza brings experience as CEO & COO of Aunt Martha’s Health and Wellness, located in the south suburbs, where he has worked since 1993. Their focus is addressing needs of people facing disparities in healthcare. All members voted aye for appointment. Appointment to be finalized at Sept. 24, 2020 CCBC Meeting.
Agenda Item 20-3431 Appointment of Joseph M Harrington to CCHHS Board of Directors, 4 yr term. This was deferred at the request of the CCB President due to scheduling issues. It will be completed at next month’s meetings.
Agenda Item 20-3433 Appointment of Robert Currie to CCHHS Board of Directors, 4 yr term. Statements of welcome and support were made by commissioners. Mr. Currie is retired, brings 30 yr of experience in managed care. Mr Currie states that the county is well-positioned to continue outreach in bolstering services for mental health, healthcare, opioid addiction and the gun violence impacting Stroger Hospital. All members voted aye for appointment. Appointment to be finalized at Sept. 24, 2020 CCBC Meeting.
Observer - Carolyn Cosentino
Cook County Commissioners - Board and Committee Meetings
July 27, 29 and 30, 2020
Key items passed by the Board:
Other Items of Interest Discussed in Committees:
Items to watch for at next Committee meetings, likely during the week of Sept. 21:
Note: The Cook County Board and most of the Board Committees are not scheduled to meet again until week of Sept. 21, though Commissioner Suffredin wanted the public to know that everyone is still working and Commissioners continue meeting virtually in small groups (so as not to violate the Open Meetings Act) each Sunday with key County personnel.
Observer - Priscilla Mims
Cook County Board of Commissioners Finance Committee
Mid-Year Budget Hearings - July 28, 2020
Revenues - Revenue was $238,000; that is down $178,667 which is a 42.3% variance.
Expenses - Actual expenses were $59,343,256 which is variance of 4.3% ($2.7 Million)
Holdback Target - Holdback target achieved
Other information of interest:
Cook County Board of Commissioners' Finance Committee
Midyear Budget Hearings - July 22, 2020
General information available from report online:
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