Cook County Board of Commissioners
Special Meeting on July 16, 2020
Following are more details regarding each of these items:
Agenda Item 20-3165: Preliminary Budget Forecast
FY2020 Forecast: Total operating budget shortfall of $280.3 million, composed of
Agenda Item 20-3228: Resolution Allocating Cook County Coronavirus Relief Funds to Suburban Municipalities and other Units of Local Government.
The County received a total of $429 million under the CARES Act, most of which is being used to cover the County’s costs. Chicago is not included under this allocation because it directly received its own allocation under the CARES Act of $470 million.
Agenda Item 20-3229: Resolution allocating a portion of the $429M in CARES Funds the County received for economic development. Resolution states that $133 M allocated to address impact of COVID on communities: $51 M to communities (what the Agenda Item 20-3228 above is allocating) and $82M distributed by the Bureau of Economic Development ($10M, of which has already been provided in loans). Under this Resolution the following allocations are made:
The Commissioners will be given more detailed information about this proposal in the coming weeks prior to the vote.
Priscilla Mims, League observer
Cook County Board of Commissioners Committee Meetings - Oct. 23, 2019
Board Meeting - October 24, 2019
The Cook County Board quickly passed an ordinance creating a name change for CC’s Homeland Security Department. The new name is: Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security. The renaming occurred after a CC Homeland Security vehicle created alarm among attendees at an Evanston street fair because they did not differentiate between the Cook County and the US Immigration Homeland Security vehicle signage and therefore were concerned that US ICE Agents were there to round up people with potential immigration issues.
Other Agenda items Passed:
Items Referred to Committee:
To Business & Economic Development Committee:
To Legislative & Intergovernmental Affairs Committee:
To Rules Committee:
Other Items of Interest:
Observed by: Diane Edmundson
Impending Real Estate Delinquent Tax Sale Brings Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. to Cook County Board Meeting
Cook County Board of Commissioners Board Meeting - March 22, 2017
Significant Issue Discussed:
Real Estate Delinquent Tax Sale - Commissioners Gainer, Boykin, and Garcia along with Treasurer Maria Pappas brought the issue to Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., who spoke at the CC Board meeting. He asked all commissioners to inform their constituents about Real Estate Tax Delinquency buyers:
Other items of interest discussed:
Cook County Health and Hospitals System (CCHHS)
Observer - Amy Little
Cook County Board of Commissioners Committee Meetings and Board Meeting - February 8, 2017
Committee meetings include: 1. Workforce, Housing and Comm. Dev. 2.Business and Ec. Dev., 3.Criminal Justice,
4.Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, 5.Rules and Administration, 6.Finance 7.Zoning and Building
Significant Decisions Made:
Other Topics Discussed or Referred to Committee
Observer - Kelly Kleiman Meeting Length: Committees - 9am to noon, Full Board - noon to 2:30pm
Cook County Board of Commissioners Committee Meetings and Board Meeting
January 18, 2017
Legislation and Intergovernmental Relations Committee Meeting Meeting Length - 40 minutes
During this meeting the committee continued with hearings related to the fiscal impact of overtime paid to Cook County employees. Today Karen Yarborough, Recorder of Deeds, outlined her office's experience to date with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and its impact on overtime.
The Board of Review cross-trains with the Assessor’s office to allow workers to fill in during absences. Cross-training between departments may help offset the issue in the future but apparently needs to be part of union negotiations.
Business and Economic Development Committee
Comm. Gainer asked about information requested for a report on Class 8 Economic Incentive Awards. Susan Campbell, from the Planning and Development Dept. of Cook County stated she had requested the information from the Assessor’s office more than a month ago, but had not received anything back. Chairman Garcia stated his office had received information from the Assessor’s office, only after filing a FOIA, but it was provided in an unhelpful, incomplete format. His office was attempting to compile the information into a meaningful report. Comm. Gainer stated she was willing to make a call to see about getting the necessary information so a report could be produced.
Board of Commissioners Meeting Meeting Length: Only 1 hour 15 minutes!
The Consent Agenda honoring individuals and organizations has been moved to a separate meeting time and it seems to have resulted in a more incisive board meeting. Now each agenda item presented to the Board for consideration is explained in layman’s language by the commissioner presenting the item before action is taken. This clarifies the meeting immensely for both observers and commissioners
Significant Topics Discussed and/or Referred to Committee:
Observer - Amy Little
Cook County Board Meeting - February 10, 2016
Standout Decision for Meeting:
The Cook County Commissioners unanimously supported a resolution urging the US government to grant non-citizen Veterans and their families the right to remain legally in the country despite minor non-violent offenses that may have been committed and caused deportation. Both Republican and Democratic commissioners joined to support the resolution.
Significant Decisions Made:
The board also passed a resolution urging the State legislature to restore the 12 month grace period before Cook County properties will be offered up to tax debt buyers.
Significant Topics Discussed:
A tax incentive for Walmart to locate in Homewood on a vacant rental property was referred to the Economic Development Committee (Item 16-0456). Many commissioners pushed back regarding offering lower taxes to Walmart. Com. Murphy presented the item, and said the alternative was their moving to Indiana. They recently announced the closure of the Matteson Walmart store (in Com. Sims’ district), and this is an effort to keep them in the community. Com. Garcia said he would give the item a vigorous hearing during committee.
Items to Watch for in the Future:
Observer: Amy Little Meeting Length - 3 hours
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