Cook County Board of Commissioners Committee Meetings
September 4, 2019
Chair Larry Suffredin announced at the beginning of the meeting that the Committee would hear all the public comments, but would not take any action on the proposed Just Housing Amendment Interpretive Rules from the Department of Human Rights and Ethics. Instead, the Department and Committee would consider all the comments, written and verbal, and consider whether any changes were warranted. (Agenda Item 19-4770)
Legislation & Intergovernmental Affairs Committee
Observer - Priscilla Mims
Cook County Board of Commissioners Meeting - September 5, 2019
A Request to enter into and execute a contract with Axon Enterprise, Scottsdale, AZ Axon Enterprise provides law enforcement grade weapons and tech services. The contract is for 5 yr, 9/12/2019 - 9/11/2024. Explanations were provided for the Commissioners’ many questions. It was explained that this contract will provide upgrades and expansion of the existing body worn cameras and TASER weapons inventory that are needed to supply more Cook County Sheriff Department Officers with equipment. Axon is the only company that sells law-enforcement grade weapons which are sold strictly to law enforcement agencies. The TASER will activate their body worn camera; it is the only weapon that will activate the camera. The cloud storage system is unique to Axon. The cameras’ recordings will be sharable with the Public Defender’s Office. The contract was approved. (Agenda Item 19-5076)
The Fair Transit of South Cook County Pilot Study was referred to the Transportation Committee for a more detailed presentation. Commissioner Miller stated that the Public Meeting in the South Suburbs was well attended. Supt. Yonan explained that this 3 year Pilot Program is ready for implementation. The program has several goals, including modest service improvement and improved coordination with PACE, Metra, and CTA. Another benefit of the program should be facilitating access to employment. Yonan explained that Year 1 is the implementation phase. Years 2 & 3 are to evaluate the impact of improvements. (Agenda Item 19-4276)
Criminal Justice Committee - Charitable Bond Fund Commissioner Suffredin reported that the Criminal Justice Committee is waiting for responses from the State’s Attorney’s Office and from the County Clerk regarding questions of implementation of this program. The Committee will return with a completed proposal at the next meeting.
Observer - C. Cosentino Meeting Length - 2 hr. 25 min
Cook County Board Looks to Provide Tax Breaks for Families of First Responders Killed in the Line of Duty
Cook County Board of Commissioners Meeting - July 25, 2019
Pre Meeting Press Conference:
As I stepped off the elevator there were many people in the lobby with lots of press coverage. Commissioner Daley was explaining an ordinance he hoped would pass at today’s meeting. 19-4797 is an ordinance allowing for property tax breaks for the families of First Responders who had perished in the line of duty. This ordinance did pass!
The meeting was called to order at about 10:15 AM with all 17 Commissioners present and on time. The gallery was packed with observers. 20 seats were reserved for guests of Commissioner Miller.
Items Approved by the Board:
Items That Were Sent to Committees:
Observer - Jan Goldberg
Cook County Board of Commissioners - Committee Meetings - June 26, 2019
Human Relations Committee:
Human Rights Ordinance amendment - Amendment Passed.
(Agenda Item 19-3462 - sponsor K. Morrison)
Criminal Justice Committee:
Charitable Bond Fund Ordinance substitute. Substitute passed and final approval deferred to next Criminal Justice Committee meeting
(Agenda Item 19-0768 - sponsor Suffredin)
Legislation and Intergovernmental Relations Committee:
Observed online by: Karin Hribar
Cook County Board of Commissioners Meeting - June 6, 2019
Commissioner Absent: Stanley Moore
What did the Board Decide:
The Board approved a Resolution in Support of HR1384 - The Medicare for All Act.
Other Items of Interest:
Observer: – Beverly Graham Meeting Length: 55 minutes
Cook County Board Approves Intergovernmental Agreement with MWRD for Independent Inspector General Services
Cook County Board of Commissioners Meeting- April 25, 2019
Notable Items Passed:
Other items of interest:
Observer - Laura Davis. Meeting Length - 2 hours and 10 minutes when observer left - ongoing
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