CC Board Budget Hearings Continue - Nursing Shortages, Shakman Compliance, Failures to Respond to Inspector General Reports among the Issues Raised
Cook County Board Finance Committee Meetings on the Budget
October 25, 2022
Cook County Health (“CCH”) – Presented by CCH CEO Israel Rocha. Jr.
Miller: Addressing the issue of the new Change Institute, said that she was pleased to see more focus on "preventive vs reactionary" care, and noted the increase of 44 new positions in this new Department. She particularly asked for goals and metrics from each of the Institute's funding sources [ARPA, Grants, County] and any other new programs using ARPA and County funding.
CEO Rocha responded to a question about the behavior health goals using ARPA funding stating that there are two big categories:
Next came Miller's question on the Juvenile Justice Care Coordination Program to be funded by ARPA. Two Care Coordinators will be hired for reentry and transition stabilization.
When asked about the ongoing long-time issue of low patient satisfaction ratings, Rocha noted that the HIV Core Center has a great reputation and rhetorically asked "how can we use its experience?"
Degnan: Wants the system to communicate more broadly that CCH is a safe home for reproductive health. Said that a specific brochure is needed focusing on the System's services. Rocha responded that he would send her the communication tools currently in use.
Anaya: Responding to Anaya's concern about the length of the hiring process, Rocha said that the System has hired 350 individuals in the last 150 days and that turnover is at its lowest level in 18-20 months.
Several other Commissioners noted that their questions had been covered by previous colleagues and also commended CEO Rocha on his command of the System's needs and his vision for CCH.
Assessor’s Office -– Presented by Assessor Fritz Kaegi
Carrying over from the meeting with the Assessor earlier, court oversight of the offices of the Clerk of the Circuit Court and the County Clerk under the Shakman cases (which prohibit political considerations regarding most County personnel) was raised during these two meetings.
Following are more details from these meetings, along with the one with the Treasurer, who announced that she is expecting to receive the information for the 2nd installment property tax bills by November 11. If so, she said she would have bills posted on her web site and available for downloading and payment by November 15.
Treasurer - Presented by Treasurer Maria Pappas
Office of the Independent Inspector General -– Presented by Acting IIG Steven Cyranoski
Clerk of the Circuit Court - Presented by Circuit Court Clerk Iris Y. Martinez
County Clerk - Presented by Clerk Karen Yarbrough
Observers: Diane Edmundson and Priscilla Mims
COOK COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MEETING
January 13, 2022-10:00 a.m.
The one and a half hours of public comments at the meeting focused on two main areas: those advocating for continued/increased funding to social agencies and to those opposed to the Cook County Health Department mandate pressing for vaccination and for masking/social distancing.
The remainder of the agenda was passed without a great deal of discussion.
Observer - Georgia Gebhardt
Cook County Board Finance Committee
Departmental Budget Hearings
October 25, 2021, Part Two
Public Administrator presented by Louis G. Apostal
Proposed 2022 Budget: $1,505,785 2021 Budget: $1,412,029
Proposed 2022 FTEs: 15 2021 FTEs: 15
Office of the Independent Inspector General presented by IG Patrick Blanchard
Proposed 2022 Budget: $1,945,869 2021 Budget: $1,874,663
Proposed 2022 FTEs: 19 2021 FTEs: 19
Cook County Treasurer presented by Maria Pappas
Proposed 2022 Budget: $11,951,584 (decrease of about $36,000) 2021 Budget: $11,987,500
Proposed 2022 FTEs: 72.5 (decrease of 5 FTEs) 2021 FTEs: 77.5
Highlights of Presentation:
Cook County Assessor presented by Fritz Kaegi
Proposed 2022 Budget: $33,778,110 2021 Budget: $31,120,615
(2022 includes $1,000,000 allocated from the American Rescue Plan (ARPA)
Both years include about $4,605,290 in Special Purpose Funds
Proposed 2022 FTEs: 276 2021 FTEs: 276
Highlights of Presentation
Karin Hribar - Observer
Cook County Board Finance Committee Mid-year Budget Hearings
July 21, 2021
Presentations by the Clerk of the Court, the Chief Judge, Independent Inspector General and Cook County Sheriff
Commissioner Daley has asked all Elected officials presenting their mid-year budget information to also state what their office/department has learned from the COVID experience over the last year.
Clerk of the Court - Iris Martinez
Chief Judge - Tim Evans
Some details from the Chief Judge regarding the current budget year:
Independent Inspector General - Patrick Blanchard
The Office of the Cook County Sheriff - Deputy Sheriff
Observers - Karin Hribar and Priscilla Mims
Cook County Board of Commissioners - November 19, 2020
Virtual Meeting 10am-1pm
Public Speakers - Statements read by the Secretary of the Board
Commissioners and President Toni Preckwinkle honored former Commissioner and current Recorder of Deeds, Ed Moody who is retiring in December.
Observer: Nancy Marcus
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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