Cook County Board of Commissioners
Special Meeting on July 16, 2020
Following are more details regarding each of these items:
Agenda Item 20-3165: Preliminary Budget Forecast
FY2020 Forecast: Total operating budget shortfall of $280.3 million, composed of
Agenda Item 20-3228: Resolution Allocating Cook County Coronavirus Relief Funds to Suburban Municipalities and other Units of Local Government.
The County received a total of $429 million under the CARES Act, most of which is being used to cover the County’s costs. Chicago is not included under this allocation because it directly received its own allocation under the CARES Act of $470 million.
Agenda Item 20-3229: Resolution allocating a portion of the $429M in CARES Funds the County received for economic development. Resolution states that $133 M allocated to address impact of COVID on communities: $51 M to communities (what the Agenda Item 20-3228 above is allocating) and $82M distributed by the Bureau of Economic Development ($10M, of which has already been provided in loans). Under this Resolution the following allocations are made:
The Commissioners will be given more detailed information about this proposal in the coming weeks prior to the vote.
Priscilla Mims, League observer
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
Cook County Board of Commissioners Meeting (Virtual Meeting via Zoom)
May 21, 2020
Ordinance Proposing Sharing of Addresses with First Responders
Agenda Item 20-2378. Proposal to share address information of confirmed COVID-19 positive patients with municipal first responders. Proposal is for a 60 day period within Cook County. Information would be purged after 60 days. Identification of address would be done through the Public Safety Answer Point (PSAP) Dispatch. The intent is to protect first responders. Dr. Rachel Rubin, Incident Commander of Cook County Dept. of Public Health, stated that this resolution does not follow good public health practice and would not increase safety of patients or first responders. Dr. Rubin stated that highest contagion period is within days 1-2 of contact and that responders need to do all of the right things all of the time to protect themselves. Many concerns were expressed by commissioners. Following are some of the ideas expressed during extensive discussion among Commissioners:
Note: There were over 150 individual public comments registered for this meeting. Public comments were read or summarized by Board Secretary DeLeon at the start of the meeting, with the names of senders, read into the minutes.
Observer: Carolyn Cosentino, LWVCC Meeting Length: 5 Hr 15 min.(via zoom)
Cook County Board of Commissioners Meeting - April 23, 2020
Because of State COVID-19 guidelines restricting larger meetings, the Board held its April meeting via a virtual media platform. Public Speakers were allowed to submit up to three-minute comments which were read by the Secretary of the Board. Of the 36 comments submitted, 23 dealt with the issue of COVID-19 safety within the Jail and Juvenile Detention Center. Another 7, primarily from suburban mayors and first responders, were supporting the sharing of addresses of COVID-19 residents. Public Comments accounted for 90 minutes of the 3½ hour meeting.
Referred to Committee
Other items of Interest
Observed by: Diane Edmundson
Cook County Board of Commissioners Meeting - February 27, 2020
What to Watch for:
Observed by: Kim Inman Meeting Length: 1 1/2 hours
Cook County Board of Commissioners - Special Meeting
March 16, 2020
What the Board Discussed and Decided:
Individual authors are credited at the end of each post.