Cook County Board of Commissioners Meeting - June 18, 2020
The zoom format did not inhibit any of the Commissioners from engaging in lively discussion about many important items. The meeting began and ended with powerful and emotional support for President Preckwinkle and Commissioner Brandon Johnson. The president was front page news that very morning in the Sun-Times with an article about her racist experiences as a child in the 1950’s growing up in St. Paul, Mn. Comm. Daley congratulated her on the article which also gave much credit to her efforts in the area of criminal justice reform. The last part of the meeting belonged to Comm. Johnson’s resolution entitled “Justice for Black Lives” (Agenda Item 20-2867) with almost all Commissioners speaking to this issue and asking to be co-sponsors. (More on this resolution below).
Public comment came in the form of letters summarized by the Secretary of the Board. The League of Women Voters of Cook County's (LWVCC) letter, about the consolidation process of the Recorder of Deeds’ and the Clerk’s offices, was included in the summary. Also included was a letter from Sharlyn Grace of the Chicago Bond Fund in support of Comm. Johnson’s resolution and many others supporting Comm. Anaya’s resolution to stop evictions during Covid. (more on that below)
Highlights of the Meeting:
Observed by Jan Goldberg Meeting Length: just under 4 hours, about 3 hours and 53 minutes
Cook County Board of Commissioners Meeting (Virtual Meeting via Zoom)
May 21, 2020
Ordinance Proposing Sharing of Addresses with First Responders
Agenda Item 20-2378. Proposal to share address information of confirmed COVID-19 positive patients with municipal first responders. Proposal is for a 60 day period within Cook County. Information would be purged after 60 days. Identification of address would be done through the Public Safety Answer Point (PSAP) Dispatch. The intent is to protect first responders. Dr. Rachel Rubin, Incident Commander of Cook County Dept. of Public Health, stated that this resolution does not follow good public health practice and would not increase safety of patients or first responders. Dr. Rubin stated that highest contagion period is within days 1-2 of contact and that responders need to do all of the right things all of the time to protect themselves. Many concerns were expressed by commissioners. Following are some of the ideas expressed during extensive discussion among Commissioners:
Note: There were over 150 individual public comments registered for this meeting. Public comments were read or summarized by Board Secretary DeLeon at the start of the meeting, with the names of senders, read into the minutes.
Observer: Carolyn Cosentino, LWVCC Meeting Length: 5 Hr 15 min.(via zoom)
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