Cook County Finance Committee Meetings on the Budget
October 26, 2022, 9 am to 2:30 pm
The Sheriff said there should be little impact on the jail population in Cook County as a result of the SAFE-T Act going into effect on January 1, 2023. The Chief Judge explained the differences between the criteria for holding people in jail prior to trial in criminal cases now and after January 1.
Following are more details of the meetings with these two officials, as well as the meeting on the Capital Budget.
Office of the Sheriff -– Presented by Sheriff Tom Dart
Office of the Chief Judge -– Presented by Chief Judge Timothy Evans
Capital Budget Overview – Presented by Acting CFO Lawrence Wilson, Bureau Chief of Asset Management Elizabeth Granato, Director of Transportation Jennifer Killen, and Deputy CIO Adam Clement.
The 2023 Capital Budget is $505.2 M composed of
Among the projects included in the Capital Budget are
Observer: Priscilla Mims
Cook County Board - Criminal Justice Committee Meeting
September 21, 2022
Big controversy over Cook County Court use of SCRAM devices
Lots of contradictory points were made by justice groups, public defender office, and some Commissioners vs. the Chief Judge’s Office regarding the Court use of SCRAM ankle bracelets for DUI and other alcohol-related defendants. These devices measure perspiration to determine if the offender has consumed alcohol. The wearer is to avoid all alcohol consumption.
Points made by Jim Anderson, CFO of Chief Judge Office:
1. condition of probation
2. in bond court as a condition of release
3. plea deal to avoid the charge of DUI being on the defendant’s record
Points made by justice groups and some commissioners:
Cook County Board - Pension Committee
September 21, 2022
A steady depletion of assets in Retirement Funds for CC and FPD despite a great investment year (2021)
Observer: Karin Hribar
COOK COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONER’S MEETING
September 22, 2022
During new business, commissioners were asked to suspend the rules to take up fourteen  new items. The rules call for new items to be deferred to committee for consideration if the item or items have been introduced less than 48 hours before the Board meeting. Commissioner Gainer supported by Commission Sean Morrison noted that several of these items were not emergencies and were for expenditures totaling around $40 million dollars. Commissioner Gainer noted that it seems to be circumventing the Board’s procedure for referring new items to committees. Commissioner Morrison agreed and said that, in particular, items with an RFP process should go to committee. Notwithstanding these objections, nine of the resolutions were passed and five were referred to committee.
No action was taken on the ordinance amendment that would limit public testimony to 60 min. #22-4697 or #22-3155 proposed changes to ethics rules to align them with the new IL law.
In addition, the Board approved the following items approved in prior Committee Meetings:
Finance Committee meeting of Sept. 21:
Legislation & Intergovernmental Relations Committee meeting of Sept. 21:
Public Speakers included:
Observer: Diane Edmundson
Cook County Board Discusses Diversity, Covid Vaccinations, Gun Violence and Juvenile Justice
Cook County Board of Commissioners Meeting via Zoom
April 15, 2021
Attendance: all 17 commissioners were present. Meeting led by President Preckwinkle
Items of Interest Sent to Committee:
Recognized on the Consent Agenda were 2 individuals who have impacted Criminal Justice within Cook County.
Observer - Jan Goldberg Meeting Duration: 10am until 1:30 PM
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 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
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