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
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