FY 2017 COOK COUNTY BUDGET PUBLIC HEARING
OCTOBER 24, 2016, 6:30 PM
SECOND DISTRICT COURT HOUSE, SKOKIE, ILLINOIS
The following Commissioners were present: Daley, Goslin, Silvestri, Morrison, Schneider, Steele, Suffredin, Sims, and Garcia. Commissioner Boykin was present for the beginning of the meeting.
There were 51 public speakers expressing their concerns about the proposed 2017 Cook County Budget to a standing room only crowd.
Three major Areas of Concern:
1 cent per ounce Tax on sugary beverages:
Opposed included the Teamster Union, Pepsi Co, Coca Cola, Dr. Pepper and Snapple Group (including beverage delivery drivers, distributors and managers of plants.), Marcus Theatre, IL Beverage Association, IL Retail Grocery Industry, IL Retail Merchant Association, and IL Committee of Blind Vendors.
Out sourcing of Toxicology Lab at the Medical Examiner's Office
This topic provoked a lot of discussion. Current employees of the Medical Examiner’s office raised the following concerns:
Public Defender's Need for More Staff
Kevin Ochalia, AFCME Local 3715, Stephanie Schleger, Public Defender’s Office, and Jeanne Bishop, Public Defender’s office, spoke to the need to increase funding in the budget for the Public Defenders Office.
Observers - Nancy Marcus and Sue Kravis
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