Cook County Board Approves Salary Increases for All County Elected Officials Along with Yearly Adjustments in Perpetuity
Cook County Special Finance Committee and Special Board Meeting
May 24, 2022
By a vote of 13 to 4, the Finance Committee and then the Board approved Item 22-2825, which provides for a 10% increase as of the beginning of the new terms of all County Elected Officials, effective December 2022 (2024 for the Clerk of the Court). Thereafter, the salaries will be further adjusted each year by the lower of 3% or the change in the Chicago Consumer Price Index. Such yearly adjustments would continue until and unless there was a vote by the Board to halt or change such adjustments. The 4 nay votes came from Commissioners Aguilar, Arroyo, Deer, and Sean Morrison.
Prior to the vote, Commissioner Suffredin announced that he would be introducing an ordinance at the June Board meeting which would call for another study of salaries of comparative positions in other jurisdictions in late 2024, with any additional salary changes to be voted on by the end of March 2025. As explained by Commissioner Suffredin, this would provide notice to any potential candidates for the elected positions of what the salaries would be effective with the new terms that would begin in 2026 and 2028.
The Civic Federation in verbal testimony and the League of Women Voters of Cook County in written testimony both expressed support for the salary increases for the next terms. However, both opposed the continuation of yearly adjustments beyond the 4-year terms without further study and affirmative vote. Expressing opposition to any salary increases was former Commissioner and current candidate for Cook County President Richard Boykin.
Observer: Priscilla Mims
Cook County Board of Commissioners Meeting
May 12, 2022
Commissioners Anaya, Miller, and Gainer questioned Cook County Health’s Chief Executive Officer Israel Rocha concerning a proposed transfer of funds and the continuing problem of filling nursing positions. Commissioner Gainer asked CEO Rocha to report back to this Board next month on the measures being taken to improve the hiring process. Commissioner Sims said part of the problem is due to following all the steps required under the Shakman consent order. CEO Rocha said his staff has been working with the Office of the Independent Inspector General to see what changes could be made.
The Board approved the following:
The Board referred to the Legislation and Intergovernmental Relations Committee:
The Board referred to the Rules Committee:
The Board referred to the Technology and Innovation Committee:
The Board referred to the Litigation Finance Subcommittee the 2022 1st Quarter Inspector General’s Report.
League Observer: Priscilla Mims
Cook County Board Finance Committee Meeting
May 11, 2022
The Commissioners agreed to consider a Substitute to replace the original version of a proposed ordinance to increase the salaries of all County elected officials. However, the Commissioners further agreed to delay voting on the merits of the Substitute to a meeting of the Committee to be held later this month. The League of Women Voters of Cook County, both in written and verbal testimony at this meeting had urged this delay in order to provide the public more time to review and provide input on this proposal. (Item 22-2825)
Under the Substitute
Equity Fund, ARPA Proposals,Transgender Issues, COVID Update - All Considered by Cook County Commissioners at Committee Meetings
Cook County Board Committee Meetings
May 9 and 11, 2022
May 9 Finance Committee meeting –Equity Fund
May 11 Business & Economic Development Committee meeting – American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Fund
May 11 Human Relations Committee meeting – Transgender Issues
May 11 Health & Hospitals Committee meeting – COVID Update
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