Minority owned turnkey patented accounting change saves up to 55% of the counties cost for employee healthcare premiums with no net cost to employees, no direct cost to the county, changes none of your healthcare plans or policies, and can be implemented at any time of your plan year. This would lead to a net revenue increase for the county of up to $161 million annually or $5 billion to $10 billion over the next three decades. No up front costs to patent holder only a legal review by your own tax law or accounting firm. The due-diligence material needed for a legal review is not publically available, and can only be disclosed by the patent holder to clients who sign a non-compete, and agree to have the due-diligence material delivered to their qualified tax law or accounting firm for review with consultation with the patent holder. Two employees would be needed to spend a couple of hours a month to download cost data to the patent holder to stay compliant with IRS rules and regulations after enactment.

Currently, the Cook County Gov't only looks at M/WBE and sometimes VBE businesses. The program should be expanded to all under Protected Act.

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.

Keith x almost 6 years ago

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.

Kurt Schneider about 6 years ago

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.

The Cook County budget covers a huge amount of spending. There are 17 commissioners with relatively small staffs. Few of the commissioners or staff members have great expertise in accounting, budgets and audits.

The commissioners should get money to hire outside accounting expertise to review the budget submitted by the president. This would be a spending increase, but it would also achieve two important goals:

1. The budget would get scrutinized better.

2. The commissioners would better understand the budget.

Ideally, this would make Cook County government work better.

Carl Nyberg about 6 years ago

Cook County should implement a 1% tax on transactions conducted by automatic checkout machines and use half the money for jobs training programs.