Good question, can these Commissioners who sided with Stroger be beaten? I agree on the Daley,and Butler part. These two, for as long as I can remember have not had a formidable candidate run against either of them. Living in the Daley district I know there are a lot of long time Daley fans there. They always come out and vote for Daley for mayor, brother Daley for Commissioner even if they have an Alderman running unopposed, as in my case. Yes, we come out in record numbers and vote for Daleys in my South side area. Yes, I am disappointed in Earlean Collins the Commissioner with the most common sense of all of them, why she went with this crowd on this I don't know. The whiniest Commissioner of them all is Commissioner Deborah Sims, no surprise for me here, and I am sure she did not put her vote in without her share of whining either. Commissioner Murphy wants to keep her job, and she will go with the rest of that group whenever push comes to shove, I expected no less of her, again no surprise here. Beavers of course will never go against Stroger, and I am beginning to think Steele is going the same way. But seriously, who is going to jump into a South Side race against a South Sider unless you are a South Sider? It's not like people decide to move to Chicago from downstate or another state and move to the South Side. It's not like Bridgeport, Back of the Yards, West Lawn, Chicago Lawn.......are like Wrigleyville, Lincoln Park, Uptown, Gold Coast or any of the trendy areas to move to. It's not like you are ever going to hear someone say I want to move to Chicago, and on the South Side, hey Brighton Park, Ashburn, Auburn-Gresham, Hegewisch, Morgan Park, or Archer Heights sounds good! Or Pullman, Roseland.........ok, so we only have native South Siders running for South Side offices, well because people just don't come from downstate or out of state and move to the South Side.
Seriously, we keep it real on the South Side, no nice, nice stuff. A few years back some North side restaurant had put up a nice sign, I forget the exact wording but, it was have please have your children keep it down to a roar.
Well these Northsider's with kids used to hang around with other Northsiders with kids and let the kids run amock in establishments while they socialized. They got really offendend when this nice sign was put up because the owners were concerned about the safety of the children running amock. Yes, people would be buying hot soup and beverages and coming in and out of the door and these kids would make it an obstacle course by laying on the floor, running and jumping all over.
These Moms were really offended by this and felt that the owner was out of line, and they got really bent out of shape over it. Many North side establishement owners stood behind this guy saying they have these little uncontrolled brats in their establishments, and are afraid one of them will be injured. But this would not occur on the South Side, because a south south owner, or a customer would tell the Mom of some running around rampant brat what time of day it is right away. We tell it like it is on the South Side, no playing nice, nice with this kind of nonsense, and they will be told to get real. But seriously, if this happened on the South Side, one of us Southsiders would ask "Did you just fall from the sky? This is planet Earth and this is not how things are done down here". So, it's not a bad thing that people from downstate, or out of state aren't flocking to the South Side if this is what we would end up with. But we would get them in line if they decided to make the South Side home, they would have to quit pissing and moaning and shape up or ship out.
Since I am on a roll with Cook County Events.....Cousin Donna, gets a nice big raise. Yes, the Toddler's cousin Donna who seems so irritated, bothered and whiney every time someone asks her a question about, well, her job and what she is doing as CFO of CC. She makes it seem like such an effort to have to answer questions. Well, Donna, if it is so difficult for you to answer any questions related to what you are doing and why, then as CFO of CC maybe you could step down and let someone who is more qualified in so many more ways than you do your job, and do it better for less.
From what taxpayers have seen, it would not be hard to find a better CFO. Didn't the Toddler warn cousin Donna that she might have to answer questions related to her job? Didn't he tell her that the Commissioners that are doing their jobs as elected officials for CC are going to want to know what is going on in the finance area with their voters tax dollars? Wasn't Donna warned that taxpayers want to know how and where their tax dollars are being utilized? OK, so maybe Donna just fell out of the sky?
Less than a month after he muscled through a huge tax hike, Cook County Board President Todd Stroger has reportedly given his cousin a double digit raise. That cousin is Donna Dunnings, the county's Chief Financial Officer.
As he tried to win his tax hike, Stroger claimed the county was pinching every penny. Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin says that's when board members spotted Dunnings' pay bump.
SUFFREDIN: The raise was actually in the budget.
But Stroger told commissioners don't worry.
SUFFREDIN: The president had indicated she would not take that salary.
SUFFREDIN: They changed their mind.
Suffredin says $160,000 for the CFO of a $3-billion government is fair.
SUFFREDIN: Not an outrageous salary.
The problem is how it was done.
SUFFREDIN: They don't tell you that, it has to be uncovered.
Which Suffredin says the county needs to regain the public's trust.
SUFFREDIN: and each time there's a misstep like this it undermines that confidence.
President Stroger new spokesperson, a childhood-friend, has not return repeated calls for comment.WBEZ interview
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With all this rain we have been having it has been melting all of the mounds of soot colored ice, with the exception of the big soot ice piles in parking lots. Every year when these melt a pile of all kinds of assorted trash is left behind. I was afraid to see what would be in our street planters, but so far so good.
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I have received this email from many, friends and family. They think of me immediately when something happens in Cook County. This email has been going around for a while now, but it's worth posting.
Please pardon this non-business related interruption into your work day, but I thought that if you reside in Cook County, this should be of interest to you. If you do not reside in Cook County, once again I apologize for the interruption.
COOK COUNTY is planning to raise the sales tax to 10.25% in November. This will have a negative effect on the lives of consumers in Illinois and obviously, on retail businesses as this will make ours the HIGHEST sales tax rate in the country.
Please take a second to call Todd Stroger's office and petition the increase on the tax!!!!
Please do this now...what do have to lose (other than your money)? I did it and it only took a minute and it is FULLY AUTOMATED, AND EASY!!!
This takes literally seconds. It only took about 15 SECONDS to punch in my vote.
CALL 1-312 -603-6400.
Press option 1, then option 2, and then VOTE AGAINST INCREASE (OPTION 2)
Alexi Giannoulious, our Illinois State Treasurer, is he too cute or what?
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, nemesis of Todd Stroger.
Outgoing Cook County State's Attorney Dick Devine.
State Senator Dick Durbin in this pack.
Cook County President Todd Stroger, long grey coat, black hat.
Todd Stroger waving.
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The Cook County Board Meeting of March 6th started off with discussion of Dr. Simon, interim Chief Bureau of Health's resignation effective March 30th.
Commissioners Beavers, Sims and Moreno were absent during this. Commissioner Moreno later showed up. There were a few doctors that showed up to speak praise about Dr. Simon. The Board argued back and forth if these doctors should speak. Commissioner Peraica said it was not on the board agenda for that meeting. Commissioner Collins was afraid the meeting would go on for a long time if everyone had a chance to speak about Dr. Simon, including the Commissioners. Commissioner Silvestri said that Dr. Simon resigned to the President and not the Board so they should not have to spend time listening to everyone about it. Silvestri said that this is inappropriate to hear testimony about Dr. Simon and that this is not the appropriate format.
Then Todd spoke. He said the press has crucified Dr. Simon and that he was painted with a bad brush by the press as well. Todd went on to say that Dr. Simon is not a doctor in his pocket and not his physician, and his physician is Dr. Gomez Charleston on the South Side, and his Daddy's Doctor was Dr. Wong.
The Commissioners all had a vote wether to allow the Physicians at the meeting to speak about Dr. Simon. It was ruled that they could, but only to be allowed 2 minutes.
Dr. Brad Longer, interim medical director for almost a decade spoke first. He said that Dr. Simon came into an underfunded Bureau of Health and had to cut a million dollars off the budget in a month and that was a huge challenge that he accomplished. He said the press followed him around trying to get anything on him and even wrote that he is driving around a 10 year old Crown Victoria.
The next doctor came on and said that he had to maintain staff as far a physicians and nurses on the budget he had. Also that with all the budget cuts going on,he also lost many good physicians to many good hospitals. He had to give all his doctors and nurses the idea that they were working in a stable environment, and that if he left this would create a more unstable environment that would be hard to keep staff.
Dr. Pierce Wakeen the ER director said that they can not afford any more instability with Dr. Simon leaving and that Todd Stroger should not accept his resignation. He said he has worked side by side with Dr. Simon who works tireless hours and he is a good role model and leader. Dr. Jeff Shover another ER director spoke next and said that they had many JACO violations and Dr. Simon worked very hard to correct them and they passed all of them with Dr. Simon's hard work.
Dr. Simon was next to speak, he was quite choked up. He said he had no idea all these physicians were coming to speak, and that he had never asked any of them to come on his behalf. He said he was very choked up.
Since Dr. Simon was so choked up the Toddler decided to speak, and he always likes to get the last word in. He said when you stand next to Dr. Simon and cough he is looking down your throat because that is the kind of caring Doctor he is.
Dr. Simon said he wanted to speak again since he was more composed. He said these Physicians that came here represent 80% of the staff and that he is really touched by them coming there to speak.
Next on the agenda was the bill from Judge Nowicki, who was appointed by the Federal Courts to audit all the hiring practices. Commissioner Tony Peraica wanted to speak of all the infractions of the Shakman Decree that were in her report. But then was told this is about approving $600,000 for her fees and $900,000 for her expenses.
Commissioner Moreno who was now here said he wanted to know what the expenses were. He was told by Patrick Driscoll from the States Attorney's office that it was lawyers fees for doing a desk investigation. Moreno wanted to know how much an hour they were being charged and why lawyers. A representative from Nowicki's office said it was $45-$80 and hour for these lawyers, and that Nowicki was out of town on a family matter. They were also told that 220 claims that needed to be investigated, and that none of them had been filed. The Commissioners argued back and forth that this bill had to be paid because a Federal Judge had appointed Judge Nowicki to investigate and that they could be in violation if it was not paid, or they will stop the process because of non payment. Commissioner Butler said that it's not that we aren't going to pay it, but we should be able to pay it later after we have explanations. Commissioner Collins agreed because it is such a high bill they need further investigation and explainations on the $900,000 expenses. Commissioner Moreno said that there are other bills that need to be paid first. Commissioner Silvestri said this is a matter of litigation and it should be paid because Cook County is not ready to fight Federal Court, which Commissioner Claypool agreed as well. The vote was taken and the bill will be paid. Peracia was upset that they could not discuss all the Shenanigans, on overtime abuse and Ghost pay rolling that was in the report, they had just recieved from Nowicki.
Commissioner Quigley then said we scrutinize bills that we don't like and others….
The Sequoia voting machines came up next on the agenda. The purchase was for 150 more touch screen voting machines at $2400 each. The county currently has 5000 of them and would need 5000-6000 more to be all touch screen voting, so they are half way there.
Peraica then brought up the fact that the County has spent $35,000 for a forensic audit to find missing funds, and discrepancies in trust funds but are unable to see the report because it is in litigation.
Zelda Whitney the Under sheriff was then asked by Commissioner Silvestri why only the Sheriff's department and correctional officers getting pre-employment psychological testing when the Cook County Forest Preserve Sheriffs are running around with guns and bullets and aren't getting the same screening. She did not have an answer.
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Quote of the year from our CC President. Last year's quote of the year came from Commissioner Beavers, aka the "Hog with big Nuts". And if this is what the President of the second most Populous County in the Nation is doing with his education, reading the newspapers, and understanding what is being written. sigh No wonder the county is in trouble.
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