Cook County Commissioners - Board and Committee Meetings
July 27, 29 and 30, 2020
Key items passed by the Board:
Other Items of Interest Discussed in Committees:
Items to watch for at next Committee meetings, likely during the week of Sept. 21:
Note: The Cook County Board and most of the Board Committees are not scheduled to meet again until week of Sept. 21, though Commissioner Suffredin wanted the public to know that everyone is still working and Commissioners continue meeting virtually in small groups (so as not to violate the Open Meetings Act) each Sunday with key County personnel.
Observer - Priscilla Mims
Cook County Board Of Commissioners’ Finance Committee
Midyear Budget Hearings - July 21, 2020
Cook County Health - Debra Cary
Revenues as of May 31, 2020: General information from report available on Legistar
Highlights of Presentation and Discussion::
Independent Inspector General -– Patrick Blanchard
Revenues – N/A
Expenses - $1,043 million YTD budgeted vs $882,545 actual. Down 15.3%
Holdback Target: $120,824. met.
FY 2021 Budget Target: $1,726,849
Information of Interest
Public Administrator -– Louis Apostol
Revenues – Up $539,328 or 82.9%. YTD Budget $650,000 vs YTD Actual $1,189,328
Expenses - Down $7,129 or 1.07%. YTD Budget $666,922 vs YTD Actual $658,922
Holdback - No.
Fiscal 2021 Budget Target: $1,259,749. 2020 Budget is $1,344,605
Information of Interest
Secretary to the Board of Commissioners - Matthew DeLeon
Expenses: Down $90,636 or 10%. YTD Budget is $932,617 vs YTD Actual of $84,981
Holdback: $112,707. Met.
Fiscal 2021 Budget Target: $1,745,747
Information of Interest
Cook County Sheriff - Tom Dart
Sheriff Dart appeared early and ran late at the Midyear Budget Hearings. Some Commissioners called it “extra innings” and other baseball analogies. But the Sheriff had much to say and the Commissioners had many questions. His session ran approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes. Although there was some repetition, the Sheriff and the Commissioners are very concerned as his department might be facing $90 million in cuts from his current $600 million budget.
Some Highlights from the Sheriff’s Remarks:
Some Highlights from the Commissioners’ Questions and Comments:
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 - April 23, 2020
Because of State COVID-19 guidelines restricting larger meetings, the Board held its April meeting via a virtual media platform. Public Speakers were allowed to submit up to three-minute comments which were read by the Secretary of the Board. Of the 36 comments submitted, 23 dealt with the issue of COVID-19 safety within the Jail and Juvenile Detention Center. Another 7, primarily from suburban mayors and first responders, were supporting the sharing of addresses of COVID-19 residents. Public Comments accounted for 90 minutes of the 3½ hour meeting.
Referred to Committee
Other items of Interest
Observed by: Diane Edmundson
Cook County Board - Health & Hospital Committee Meeting
February 26, 2020
The CC Health & Hospital Committee had two items on its agenda:
Agenda Item 20-1118 went through two substitute iterations with the final dated February 24, 2020 and contains major amendment changes to the 2008 Health and Hospitalts System Enabling Ordinance that established the independence of the Hospital System from the County President and Board and set up the mechanism for appointing an independent board. The chair of the committee, Dennis Deer, was not in attendance nor were Commissioners Moore and Tobolski. Commissioner Arroyo, Vice-Chair, ran the meeting.
Significant Amendment changes included in Agenda Item 20-1118
Diane Edmundson - Observer
Cook County Board of Commissioners Meeting
January 16, 2020
Items of Interest Considered by the Board:
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