Cook County Board of Commissioners Committee Meetings and Board Meeting
January 18, 2017
Legislation and Intergovernmental Relations Committee Meeting Meeting Length - 40 minutes
During this meeting the committee continued with hearings related to the fiscal impact of overtime paid to Cook County employees. Today Karen Yarborough, Recorder of Deeds, outlined her office's experience to date with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and its impact on overtime.
The Board of Review cross-trains with the Assessor’s office to allow workers to fill in during absences. Cross-training between departments may help offset the issue in the future but apparently needs to be part of union negotiations.
Business and Economic Development Committee
Comm. Gainer asked about information requested for a report on Class 8 Economic Incentive Awards. Susan Campbell, from the Planning and Development Dept. of Cook County stated she had requested the information from the Assessor’s office more than a month ago, but had not received anything back. Chairman Garcia stated his office had received information from the Assessor’s office, only after filing a FOIA, but it was provided in an unhelpful, incomplete format. His office was attempting to compile the information into a meaningful report. Comm. Gainer stated she was willing to make a call to see about getting the necessary information so a report could be produced.
Board of Commissioners Meeting Meeting Length: Only 1 hour 15 minutes!
The Consent Agenda honoring individuals and organizations has been moved to a separate meeting time and it seems to have resulted in a more incisive board meeting. Now each agenda item presented to the Board for consideration is explained in layman’s language by the commissioner presenting the item before action is taken. This clarifies the meeting immensely for both observers and commissioners
Significant Topics Discussed and/or Referred to Committee:
Observer - Amy Little
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