Cook County Board Finance Committee
Departmental Budget Hearings:
October 27, 2021
This report covers the meetings with the Chief Judge and the Land Bank.
Chief Judge presented by Honorable Tim Evans
Proposed 2022 Budget: $287,915,856 2021 Budget: $273,508,315
(2022 includes $1.9 M from American Rescue Plan funds)
Proposed 2022 FTEs: 2,906.6 2021 FTEs: 2,872.6
(2022 includes 29 FTEs from American Rescue Plan funds)
The Chief Judge’s office is the administrative office serving the Circuit Court of Cook County. The office supervises non-judicial employees who provide a wide range of services including judicial support, probation, guardianship, Juvenile Detention, clinical and other support.
The Chief Judge stated that the Chief Judges Office is more than hearings in Court and emphasized the good work they are doing with the money that they are given. Some of the highlighted offices under the Chief Judge include:
Chief Judge Evans will submit 2 amendments to the Chief Judge’s budget:
Land Bank Authority presented by Eleanor Gorski, Executive Director
Proposed 2022 Budget: 15,020,440 2021 Budget: 15,232,149
Proposed FTEs: 13 2021 FTES: 12
The Cook County Land Bank Authority (CCLBA) will acquire, hold, and transfer interest in real property throughout Cook County to promote redevelopment and reuse of vacant, abandoned, foreclosed, or tax delinquent properties, and support targeted efforts to stabilize neighborhoods.
Executive Director Gorski began her job in August of 2021.
CCLBA Outlook for 2022 that will keep administrative costs flat. Some of the highlights include:
Observer: Nancy Marcus
Update on Actions to Improve Court Access for Victims of Domestic Abuse Provided to Cook County Board
Cook County Board of Commissioners Meeting
Oct 7, 2021
Attendance: 16 Commissioners present led by President Preckwinkle and Commissioner Sims
Observed by: Kathi Graffam Meeting Length - 3 hours
Cook County Board Finance Committee Mid-year Budget Hearings
July 21, 2021
Presentations by the Clerk of the Court, the Chief Judge, Independent Inspector General and Cook County Sheriff
Commissioner Daley has asked all Elected officials presenting their mid-year budget information to also state what their office/department has learned from the COVID experience over the last year.
Clerk of the Court - Iris Martinez
Chief Judge - Tim Evans
Some details from the Chief Judge regarding the current budget year:
Independent Inspector General - Patrick Blanchard
The Office of the Cook County Sheriff - Deputy Sheriff
Observers - Karin Hribar and Priscilla Mims
Cook County Board of Commissioners
Committee Meetings - Wed. Jan. 27, 2021
Finance Committee – 9:30 am
Legislation & Intergovernmental Relations Committee – 11:00
Criminal Justice Committee – 12:30
Cook County Board Finance Committee Departmental Budget Hearings
CHIEF JUDGE - TIM EVANS
Proposed 2021 Budget: $267,492,961 Proposed 2021 FTEs - 2783
2020 Budget: $277,958,472 2020 FTEs - 3029
Difference: ($10,465,510) decrease Difference - decrease 246
Highlights of Presentation and Questions:
Observer - Karin Hribar
CLERK OF THE COURT - Dorothy Brown
REVENUES 2020YTD (May 31, 2020) are down.
Budgeted: $37,650,000 Actual: $31,333,244 Variance: -$6,316,756 or -16.8%
EXPENSES 2020YTD (May 31, 2020) are down.
Budgeted: $49,276,430 Actual: $47.575.410 Variance: $1,701,020 or 3.5%
Holdback: $6,513,443 (achieved)
2021 Budgeted: Not in report, nor on Legistar
Other Information from presentation:
CHIEF JUDGE - Tim Evans
REVENUES: YTD (May 31, 2020) State of Illinois Salary Subsidies and Public Guardian Fees:
Budgeted: $29,152,899 and $1,600,000, respectively.
Actual: $24,876,994 and $1,047,774
Variance: -$4,275,905 -14.7% and -$552,226 -34.5%
EXPENSES: 2020 Budget YTD: $129,818,323 Actual: $120,923,415
Variance: $8,894,908 7%
Holdback: $17,213,803 Achieved: $14,643,203
Other Information from Presentation:
Observer - Karin Hribar
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