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
December 16, 2020
Zoning and Building Committee:
Health and Hospitals Committee:
The 3rd and 4th quarter reports were presented by the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH).
Legislation and Intergovernmental Relations Committee:
Follow Up Items:
Observer: Karin Hribar Meeting(s) length total: 5 1/2 hours
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 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 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
Cook County Board of Commissioners Meeting - June 18, 2020
The zoom format did not inhibit any of the Commissioners from engaging in lively discussion about many important items. The meeting began and ended with powerful and emotional support for President Preckwinkle and Commissioner Brandon Johnson. The president was front page news that very morning in the Sun-Times with an article about her racist experiences as a child in the 1950’s growing up in St. Paul, Mn. Comm. Daley congratulated her on the article which also gave much credit to her efforts in the area of criminal justice reform. The last part of the meeting belonged to Comm. Johnson’s resolution entitled “Justice for Black Lives” (Agenda Item 20-2867) with almost all Commissioners speaking to this issue and asking to be co-sponsors. (More on this resolution below).
Public comment came in the form of letters summarized by the Secretary of the Board. The League of Women Voters of Cook County's (LWVCC) letter, about the consolidation process of the Recorder of Deeds’ and the Clerk’s offices, was included in the summary. Also included was a letter from Sharlyn Grace of the Chicago Bond Fund in support of Comm. Johnson’s resolution and many others supporting Comm. Anaya’s resolution to stop evictions during Covid. (more on that below)
Highlights of the Meeting:
Observed by Jan Goldberg Meeting Length: just under 4 hours, about 3 hours and 53 minutes
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