Cook County Board of Commissioners Meeting
December 19, 2019
The Board devoted the first 2 hours of their meeting to the honoring of retiring employee Martha Martinez, former Commissioner Jerry Butler, and the late Reverend Clay Evans. Testimonials lauded Martinez for thirty-four years of exemplary service. Former Commissioner Jerry Butler received a touching tribute from the Board. HIs career as a popular vocal artist and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was noted. Commissioner Butler sang one of his hits, “Let It Be Me” to the delight of all present. The late Reverend Clay Evans was honored as an icon of the black community and for his work on civil rights with Dr. Martin Luther King.
Commissioners Daley, Deer, Suffredin, Arroyo, Sylvestri, Gainer and Moore thanked Dr. Shannon (CCH) for his service to Cook County Health. Dr. Shannon was present and acknowledged their kind words.
Observer - Georgia Gebhardt Meeting Length: 3 hours, 20 minutes (includes 40 minute lunch break)
Cook County Board of Commissioners Finance Committee Departmental Budget Hearings
October 24, 2018
Commissioners Absent: Butler, Fritchey, Goslin, Gainer and Garcia.
State's Attorney (SA) Kim Fox stated that:
There was a question regarding the money spent on outside counsel, which is significantly different between inside or outside counsel. SA Fox asked for money to hire 16 attorneys (the number that was lost previously). This would allow her to decrease outside counsel and save money. Request is for $945,000 up to $1.3 million for FTE’s.
SA Fox discussed a felony review guidebook for Chicago Police Department with the goal to have consistency with charging.
Suffredin asked about the revenue generated from civil diversion: Narcotic forfeiture fund (modeled after New York) and the Records automation fund where money comes from the state. More money is not being generated because they don’t have enough resources.
SA Fox discussed community justice centers for the south and west sides. Idea is to invest resource in prosecutorial engagement. Prosecutor office is involved at the end of the process rather than front end. SA Fox wants more money for resources to put in crime reduction investment and prevention.
Observer - Laura Davis
Cook County Board Finance Committee - July 24, 2018
Midyear Budget Hearing - Day 2 - Morning Session
I arrived right at 9AM for the hearings and there were 2 commissioners present (Suffredin and Morrison) other than Chariman Daley. Seven more arrived by 9:30AM and 3 more by 11AM. Absent for the entire morning session were Commissioners Goslin, Gainer, Butler, and Fritchey. Commissioner Sims asked everyone the core mission of his or her department and if there was any waste to cut. She did this even when both questions were answered in the original presentation. Commissioner Morrison asked everyone what new taxes they would propose, if any. Most took no stand on this issue.
Board of Review (BoR): I came in just as their presentation was wrapping up, but I heard all of the questions.
The Assessor: This presentation and Q and A session was extremely short. It lasted maybe 15 minutes.
Cook County Health and Hospitals System (CCHHS): A short report was given to each commissioner.
State’s Attorney: Presentation was given by Cook County States Attorney Kim Foxx.
Observer - Jan Goldberg
Cook County Board of Commissioners and Committee Meetings - April 25, 2018
Meeting Length - 4 hours, including breaks. Committee meetings started at 10am.
FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING
The Finance Committee, which met from 10:09am to 11:40am, spent considerable time grilling the Cook County Health and Hospitals System (CCHHS) CFO about the $174 million in denials in 2016 and 2017 as reported in the Inspector General’s (IG) 4/13/18 quarterly report for 1Q 2018.
ZONING AND BUILDING COMMITTEE MEETING
Next the Zoning Committee met from 11:40 am to 12:50 pm. They passed a bunch of recommendations.
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MEETING
Pres. Preckwinkle called the meeting to order at 11:54 am, then went into recess at 12:26 pm; reconvened at 1:08 pm and adjourned at about 2:08 pm.
Items to Watch for in the Future
Other Comments or Observations
Observer - Peggy Pissarreck
Cook County Board of Commissioners Meeting - February 7, 2018
Significant Topics Discussed:
Significant Decisions Made:
Items to Watch for in the Future:
Commissioners seem to be taking a more active role in how contracts are awarded and whether they are completed on time, accurately, and with reasonable cost.
Observer - Karin Hribar
Cook County Board of Commissioners Meeting – July 19, 2017
Significant Decisions Made:
Significant topics discussed:
Observer - Syvia Tillman Meeting lasted: 9:30 a.m. until after 6:30 p.m.
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