Cook County Board of Commissioners Meeting
December 14, 2023
The first hour of the meeting was devoted to the Consent Agenda and to public speakers.
When ready for the business of the meeting Comm. Daley asked that a vote be taken to consider an item from the Third New Items Agenda, Agenda Item #24-0583, out of order. The motion to do so was approved and the amended Paid Leave Ordinance was moved for consideration.
Comm. Degnan raised an issue with Agenda Item #24-0029, a contract with LexisNexis. She stated a concern that vendors should not be able to collect data that they can then bundle and sell. She asked that language be included in contracts to ensure prohibition of this process. Tanya Anthoney, CFO, said that they are developing a strategy with the Bureau of Technology, the Procurement Department, and the States Attorney’s Office to strengthen the language in this type of contract.
Comm. Quezada questioned a contract extension, requested by the Chief Judge, with a company for radio frequency electronic monitoring (EM). (Agenda Item #24-0009) He indicated that there are more problems with this type of EM equipment than with GPS monitoring. A representative from the Chief Judge’s office stated that of the 1700 persons in their EM program about 200-400 use the radio frequency equipment. The 7 month extension is being requested so they can complete the RFP process for a new vendor that began in July of 2022. Testing of the equipment takes a long time. This item was deferred after questions from Comm. Anaya and Comm. Stamps were not answered to their satisfaction.
Most remaining items on the agenda were bundled by department and approved with no discussion. All the items in the 5 sets of New Items were done at once with some items being referred to committee and some items being approved. Meeting lasted 3 hours and 40 minutes.
Previously on December 12 and 13 a number of the Board Committees met, and among the items of interest dealt with are the following:
Health and Hospitals Committee
Dr. Hasbrouck, COO of the Cook County Department of Public Health, presented the Quarterly COVID and Infectious Disease Update. Highlights of the presentation:
A public speaker expressed concern that a budget amendment was approved during the budget process adding 4 people to the staff of the Board of Review (BoR). He stated that the amendment process did not allow for rebuttal from the public. He stated that the BoR needs to be reined in.
Finance Sub-Committee on Litigation
All business including the Inspector General (IG) 3rd Quarter Report was conducted in closed session and the IG report was voted on to Receive and File when the committee returned to open session. No public discussion.
Jennifer Killen, Superintendent, Department of Transportation and Highways, gave a presentation about 2 programs that will use ARPA funds for various projects.
Asset Management Committee
Two items provoked discussion
Observer - Cynthia Schilsky
Cook County Board Finance Committee Reviews Contract with Company Providing Oversight of ARPA and FEMA Funds
Committee Meetings for Cook County Board of Commissioners
October 18, 2023
Litigation Subcommittee of Finance Committee:
Observer - Karin Hribar
Meetings of the Committees of the Cook County Board
September 20, 2023
Commissioners spent much of the over 3-hour meeting of the Finance Committee discussing two proposals to utilize ARPA funds to provide loans for the purchase of hotels to provide long-term housing for the homeless. Commissioners also discussed at length a proposal to utilize ARPA funds to help people pay their water bills. All of these proposals for utilizing ARPA funds were passed (and subsequently approved by the Board on September 21).
Following are more details about these items, as well as other key items discussed at the Finance, Health & Hospitals, and Transportation Committees.
Loans to purchase hotels:
Health & Hospitals Committee
Observer - Priscilla Mims
Cook County Board of Commissioners Meeting
November 4, 2021
The RTA (which includes the CTA, PACE and Metra) presented their 2022 budgets to the Cook County Board for their information as required by law. The Board received and filed the reports.
Commissioners approved an ordinance amendment designating firearm and ammunition tax revenues for gun violence prevention programs. Cook County, pursuant to its home rule powers, implemented a tax on firearms and ammunition to curb the cost of gun violence. (Agenda Item 21-6225)
The Board Referred:
Observer: Amber L Elmer Meeting Length: 4 hours 40 minutes
Cook County Board of Commissioners Meeting - December 17, 2020
Virtual Meeting - All Commissioners present
President Preckwinkle left at 2:10 to attend the Covid inoculation. Vice Chair Sims took over.
Follow Up Items
Observer: Kathleen Graffam Meeting Length: 5 hours
Cook County Board of Commissioners Meeting - February 27, 2020
What to Watch for:
Observed by: Kim Inman Meeting Length: 1 1/2 hours
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