Collaborate with the community to put together work that needs to be done, and companies hiring. Court order the non compliant father to work to support his children and relieve the mother of all the responsibility. Invest in the community to a fathers program that support and promotes men "Man up as fathers". Our children need this desperately.
The County Care program should be expanded for all residents of Cook County; no income restrictions. This will help employers hire workers to expand the local economy because of the no or lost cost of purchasing health insurance for workers. More business will move to Cook County and hire just from this one simple act and health insurance will follow citizens as long as they live and work in the county. More productive and educated residents will stay in the county and more will move from counties like Dupage and Will looking for home ownership because of health care.
This is actually my son's idea but I believe it is a great idea, he said that the Forensic Institute is a fantastic building to install solar panels on.
Recently new mechanical contracts were issued to eight different vendors around Cook county for the maintenance of county vehicles. Some of these shops are not even equipped properly to do service work. Im unsure how these contracts are awarded and if the county researches these vendors before awarding them hefty contracts. When the new contracts were awarded my department was told we could no longer use our previous vendors including our tire, oil change, and body shops. The contracts that were awarded were for mechanical work only. Thus leaving my department without a proper tire, oil change and body work facility. We were told we could work with whatever shops we wanted but could only spend $5000.00 at each facility. The prices that we are paying now under these new contracts are close to double what we paid with our previous vendors. For example a set of four new tires at my old vendor cost about $575.00. The vendor we now have is charging us close to $1000 for the same tires and once his $5000.00 allotment is gone we will have to find another tire vendor. Another example was our oil change vendors. On average we paid between 24.95 & 33.00 for full service oil changes meaning if any fluids needed topping off it was included in the price. With these vendors my drivers were usually back out on the street working within 15-20 minutes. With the new vendors we are being charged close to $50.00 for an oil change that does not include fluid top offs. Using these vendors my drivers are sometimes not back on the street doing their work for between 1-2 hours. To me this is not only detrimental to all county departments when many of these departments are now understaffed and overworked due to "cutbacks because of budget issues" but the county is losing more money by having to pay drivers to sit and wait when they could be out doing their work. I do not see how doing business this way is smart or cost effective when the county is facing so many financial problems. Now that these new contracts are the same for all county departments I feel that this is just digging a deeper hole financially for the county.
Right now it is free, why not charge $25 per class? And make all misdemeanor marijuana possession charges petty offenses, with a minimum fine of $500! So much money is wasted in court on these cases.
Establish a clearinghouse of vacant and abandoned properties in the area along with the following information:
1) Legal status of the property (eg disputed foreclosure, absentee owner, etc)
2) Available resources in close proximity (to gauge or stimulate potential real estate development interest)
3) Habitability status (move-in ready or needs work?)
4) Zoning Status (especially for commercial properties to determine possible mixed use)
5) TIF and other special funding availability
The aim of the initiative would be to match available commercial and residential structures with individuals and households seeking affordable housing. The initiative would provide wrap-around social services for individuals and households moving into properties along with harnessing government, private and NGO resources for the sustainable rehabilitation of properties that needed repairs.
It just so happpens that I am working on just such an initiative, called Legally Occupy and I could use the support of the Cook County Board and others interested in promoting affordable housing in the area to help get the initiative up and running.
I am especially seeking support that would allow me to devote full-time effort for the next 30 to 60 days to further build out the Hidden Value in Abandoned Buildings (HViAB) platform that I am developing with Dan Fehrenbach of CNT Energy. A rudimentary version of the HViAB platform focused on the Bronzeville area of Chicago won a runner-up prize in the 2012 Urban Sustainability Hackathon sponored by the Center for Neighborhood Technology in October.
SInce 2003, almost 50 million dollars has been paid by the City to defend Jon Burge. Also, there are special prosecutors who are delaying cases. The People v. Wrice was remanded by the Illinois State Supreme Court in February 2012. But for some reason, the special state's attorney Nudleman has delayed the process of making a new hearing.
This is a big chunk of money.
Unfair vehicle use tax - I feel the amount charged for used vehicles is totally unfair.. it should be based on vehicle cost not just age.. I got a bill for 175$ for a motorcycle i paid 150$ ... how is thst even close to fair?? If I had purchased from a dealer the tax would have been 15$ come on cook county be more fair!
I would put all the administrative asst in a pool and offer them to go to other locations in the cook county system when there is a need. Some will be happy to relocate, and have a new challenge and learn new skills. Use the resources you currently have to cut cost all over the county. I for one am an administrative asst II I came to the detention center to work with administration however I was transferred to an area that I use none of my skills for office work ( Microsoft word, excel, outlook. And I am doing work in what should be a clerk’s position. I am also being trained to be in an area that will have direct contact with the minors of the center. I have no desire to do to work with minors. This should be trained staff, counselors or Probation officers duties than an un-trained administration asst. when the minors first come in. if there was a pool of offerings that each employee can be placed in I do believe this will satisfy the needs of the many as well as keeping good employees who do want to work for the county and it will also foster a better work environment. It will also fill your need of skilled employees in other locations.