Cook County Board of Commissioners Committee Meetings - Oct. 23, 2019
Board Meeting - October 24, 2019
The Cook County Board quickly passed an ordinance creating a name change for CC’s Homeland Security Department. The new name is: Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security. The renaming occurred after a CC Homeland Security vehicle created alarm among attendees at an Evanston street fair because they did not differentiate between the Cook County and the US Immigration Homeland Security vehicle signage and therefore were concerned that US ICE Agents were there to round up people with potential immigration issues.
Other Agenda items Passed:
Items Referred to Committee:
To Business & Economic Development Committee:
To Legislative & Intergovernmental Affairs Committee:
To Rules Committee:
Other Items of Interest:
Observed by: Diane Edmundson
Cook County Board of Commissioners - Finance Committee
Departmental Budget Hearings
2020 Cook County Executive Budget Recommendation
October 28, 2019
Departments heard from: Chief Financial Officer and Budget Director for Budget Overview, Offices under the President, Treasurer, Cook County Land Bank Authority, Board of Review, and Office of the County Assessor
This is the first of several days during which the Finance Committee (composed of all 17 County Commissioners) is meeting with all County elected officials and their department heads to consider the Proposed Budget. Last week the League of Women Voters of Cook County submitted questions for some of the departments which Committee Chairman John Daley provided to the applicable department and has requested responses. For information on the questions click here.
Overview of President’s Proposed Budget
Board of Review (BoR) presents its case for $2.8 million more than President recommending
Assessor sees correlation between number of appeals and accuracy of initial assessments
Treasurer Pappas touts technology as allowing better services with continued reduction in FTEs
Observer: Priscilla Mims
Several Contracts Questioned by Commissioners at Cook County Board Meeting Especially for Clerk Of Court Brown
Cook County Board of Commissioners - Meeting - September 26, 2019
Absent: Commissioner Tobolski
Items referred to Committees for future discussion and consideration:
Committee Recommendations Approved:
Very quickly and without much explanation the following committee items were approved by the Board of Commissioners (I may have missed some that were bundled with other items and approved):
Cook County Board of Commissioners Meeting - May 23, 2019
Commissioners Absent - Silvestri and Gainer
What did the Board Decide:
Other Items of Interest
Observer - Cynthia Schilsky Meeting Length: 2 and 1/2 hours
Cook County Board of Commissioners Meeting - March 21, 2019
NOTABLE RESOLUTIONS PASSED:
COMMITTEE ITEMS REQUIRING BOARD ACTION:
With the exception of a few minor questions to clarify, there was no discussion of items, and the board moved quickly through the agenda. Even with an extensive public comment period to support the DACA resolution and to oppose a power plant in Glenwood, Illinois, the meeting adjourned at 12:20 pm.
Observer - Georgia Gebhardt Meeting Length: 2 hours
Cook County Board Finance Committee - Departmental Budget Hearings
October 24, 2018
Cook County Assessor
Cook County Treasurer
Chicago Board of Elections
Clerk of the Circuit Court
Office of the Secretary to the Board
There were 10 Cook County Commissioners present.
Cook County Assessor: Joseph Berrios
The Commissioners thanked Assessor Berrios for his serve.
Cook County Treasurer: Maria Pappas
Maria Pappas, commented that tax bills are being sent out in a timely matter and more and more people are accessing their bills and paying their bills online. March Bills will be online in December. This has saved the county money. Commissioners pointed out that all of the IT work is done in house and this has saved the County money. They also noted that the Cook County Treasurer’s Website is very user friendly.
Chicago Board of Election: Lance Gough, Executive Director
Board of Elections is continuing to grow online registrations. There has been an increase of early voting in the city and a growing participation in Vote by Mail. Commissioners asked whether new voting machines would be ready for the February and April elections. Mr. Gough responded that they will not be ready and the City of Chicago will be using the same equipment that is being used for the November 2018 Election. New equipment will be ready for the 2020 Presidential Election. He is confident that the new equipment will be secure. There was also discussion concerning the lack of polling places and judges in the City. Chicago is moving towards Voting Centers. Condominiums and schools do not want to open their spaces for voting. He said that the Super Site on West Washington is working well.
Clerk of the Circuit Court - Dorothy Brown
Dorothy Brown commented that as of July 2018, e-Filing has become mandatory for all civil areas of law. This system has caused difficulties for the Clerk’s office as the staff has had to provide extra-specialized customer service assistants to both self-represented litigants and attorneys, in order for them to e-File successfully. The challenge is not having enough employees to help. The Commissioners suggested that perhaps they might need to charge for providing help. They also suggested that a printed quick reference card or TV presentation with directions as to how to use the system could be implemented. It was noted that this system was created first for smaller counties, and then implemented for use in Cook County. Dorothy Brown would like to hire more people but cannot until they meet the budget requirement concerning the furlough days.
Office of the Secretary to the Board - Matthew De Leon
Commissioners had suggestions for the Board meetings and the boardroom
Observer: Nancy Marcus (11:00-2:00 with an hour break for lunch)
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