Cook County Board of Commissioners
Health & Hospitals System Committee Meeting
March 16, 2021
Following two public comments urging that additional vaccination sites be set up in the western and southern suburbs, coincidentally, the presentations by both the Department of Emergency Management & Regional Security and the Department of Public Health (“DPH”) focused on the criteria that has been used in establishing County-sponsored vaccination sites in the suburbs and how this is changing. Both Departments acknowledged the need to provide more vaccination opportunities in the southern and western suburbs and said that they expect, with the promised increase in vaccination doses, to be able to do so.
Priscilla Mims, Observer
Cook County Board of Commissioners Committee Meetings
February 24, 2021
Cook County Health and Hospital Committee
Finance Committee Meeting--
Finance Subcommittee on Litigation
Observer - Karin Hribar
Cook County Board & Finance Committee Meetings
November 24, 2020
The Board met immediately after the Finance Committee, which passed 19 amendments unanimously to amend the budget. Many of these amendments were “technical” in that they simply made budget neutral changes to reflect either corrections to the Executive Budget or to reflect new information since the Executive Budget was presented in mid-October. The following changes were the most substantive:
Following the budget passage at the Board meeting, some of the comments included:
Observer: Priscilla MIms
Cook County Finance Committee Departmental Budget Hearings
November 4, 2020
Cook County Health (CCH)
Proposed 2021 Budget - $3,387B Proposed FTES for 2021 - 6743
2020 Budget Amount - $2,824 Billion 2020 Budget FTEs - 6601
Difference - Increase of $653M (20%) Difference - Increase of 142
Highlights of Presentation and Questions:
Cook County Board Committee Meetings
October 21, 2020 - Committee Meetings were held from 9:30am-2:30pm
Items of Interest:
Health & Hospital Committee:
Agenda Item 20-4191 - Final Report on Merger of Recorder of Deeds Office with the Office of the County Clerk
Cook County Board Of Commissioners Meeting
October 22, 2020 Meeting Length - 3 hours 15 minutes
Key Items Addressed by the Board:
Agenda Item 20-4204
Mr. Israel Rocha, candidate for the Cook County Hospital’s CEO position,
received the blessing of the Cook County Board on October 22, 2020. His
offer package included a base salary of $650,000 plus a 10% performance-
based annual bonus opportunity. The industry’s standard severance package
of one year was reduced to 20 weeks. CCH Board President officially intro-
duced Mr. Rocha, though he had met most of the 17 Commissioners prior to
this meeting. While taking longer than the expected six months to identify
and vet the final candidate, it appears that the Cook County Board and the
Hospital Board are in strong agreement that they have found the right person.
Mr. Rocha has experience in all of the responsibility areas he will assume as
CEO, including: Public Health, A Managed Health Care Plan, Forensic Medi-
cine and an Ambulatory Care Network.
In his remarks, Mr. Rocha said that he wants to create a leading model of care
for Cook County. He offered the following six goals toward that end:
1. Operate a safe and clinically sound system of care
2. Responsive to patients’ needs
3. Take bold steps by breaking barriers to achieve equity and inclusion
4. Ensure fiscal and financial resilience
5. Be known as the employer of choice and the provider of choice
6. Be known as a leader in the advancement of medicine as a human right.
Agenda Item 20-3562 The Board voted a substitute for the Proposed Landlord Tenant Ordinance
and then discharged it from the Finance Committee and referred it to the
Zoning & Building Committee. This ordinance is meant to establish the same
rights for all renters and tenants throughout suburban Cook County as those
currently enjoyed by citizens of Chicago, Evanston, and Mt. Prospect.
Agenda Item 20-4872 A resolution was passed stating the Clerk of the Court should collect $150 on
all mortgage foreclosure filings to be used to support a plan to save residents
from eviction and mortgage foreclosures. The Illinois Supreme Court authorized
the collection. Passed unanimously.
Agenda Item 20-4814 The Board unanimously passed a resolution to forgive loans made by the
County under the program established to deal with Covid. The County can use
CARES money from the federal government as long as it is done before the end
Agenda Item 20-3431 The Board approved appointment of Joseph M. Harrington to the CCH Board.
Agenda Item 20-4202 The Board passed an ordinance by President Preckwinkle to establish a
Property Assessed Clean Energy Program & Area. It is to finance the acqui-
sition, construction, installation or modification of energy projects.
Agenda Item 20-4684 The Cook County Board honored Dorothy Brown on her retirement from 20years of service as the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
Commissioners praised the Coronavirus report (9-30-20) as a great resource. The distribution
of funds was broken down into four areas: 1) direct costs, 2) workplace redesign, 3) economic
development and 4) grants to local governments (due by October 31).
Observers: Georgia Gebhardt and Diane Edmundson
Cook County Board of Commissioners Meeting - Sept. 24, 2020
Key Items Addressed by the Board:
Other item of note:
Observer: Carolyn Cosentino Length of Meeting 3 hr 32 min
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