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File #: 18-2050    Version: 1 Name: DECLARING A PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY IN COOK COUNTY IN REGARDS TO GUN VIOLENCE IN COOK COUNTY
Type: Resolution Status: Approved
File created: 2/1/2018 In control: Board of Commissioners
On agenda: 2/7/2018 Final action: 2/7/2018
Title: PROPOSED RESOLUTION DECLARING A PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY IN COOK COUNTY IN REGARDS TO GUN VIOLENCE IN COOK COUNTY WHEREAS, one month into the year, 2018 has seen 200 people shot and about 30 killed in the City of Chicago, and WHEREAS, the City of Chicago makes up about half of the population of Cook County, and WHEREAS, in the last three years, Chicago has seen more than 10,800 people shot 1,800 killed by gun violence, a dramatic spike, and WHEREAS, of those, roughly 80 percent were African American, and African Americans make up only about a third of Cook County's population, and WHEREAS, the gun violence plaguing Chicago has become a public health epidemic, and WHEREAS, only 17 percent of homicides resulted in criminal charges in 2017, and WHEREAS, the gun violence in Chicago is concentrated in roughly ten neighborhoods, and WHEREAS, government at all levels ought to focus all resources on those neighborhoods to fight this scourge of gun violence, and WHEREAS, Cook County Go...
Sponsors: RICHARD R. BOYKIN, LUIS ARROYO JR, JOHN P. DALEY, DENNIS DEER, JOHN A. FRITCHEY, BRIDGET GAINER, GREGG GOSLIN, STANLEY MOORE, SEAN M. MORRISON, TONI PRECKWINKLE (President), TIMOTHY O. SCHNEIDER, PETER N. SILVESTRI, DEBORAH SIMS, LARRY SUFFREDIN, JEFFREY R. TOBOLSKI

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PROPOSED RESOLUTION

 

DECLARING A PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY IN COOK COUNTY IN REGARDS TO GUN VIOLENCE IN COOK COUNTY

 

WHEREAS, one month into the year, 2018 has seen 200 people shot and about 30 killed in the City of Chicago, and

 

WHEREAS, the City of Chicago makes up about half of the population of Cook County, and

 

WHEREAS, in the last three years, Chicago has seen more than 10,800 people shot 1,800 killed by gun violence, a dramatic spike, and

 

WHEREAS, of those, roughly 80 percent were African American, and African Americans make up only about a third of Cook County’s population, and

 

WHEREAS, the gun violence plaguing Chicago has become a public health epidemic, and

 

WHEREAS, only 17 percent of homicides resulted in criminal charges in 2017, and

 

WHEREAS, the gun violence in Chicago is concentrated in roughly ten neighborhoods, and

 

WHEREAS, government at all levels ought to focus all resources on those neighborhoods to fight this scourge of gun violence, and

 

WHEREAS, Cook County Government should ensure that all possible resources are directed at these communities, and

 

WHEREAS, those resources should include the Health and Hospitals System, which should utilize its staff and volunteers to provide trauma counseling, and

 

WHEREAS, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office should work to ensure that victims of violence receive as much assistance as possible, and

 

WHEREAS, Cook County should utilize faith-based leaders and the church community as first responders to respond to gun violence and as interveners to prevent gun violence, and

 

WHEREAS, nearly all County institutions are implicated in this rise of gun violence, and

 

WHEREAS, the City, County, State and Federal governments should work together on this important issue, and

 

WHEREAS, the level of gun violence in Cook County and Chicago has risen dramatically in recent years, and it has now reached a public health epidemic.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the President and Cook County Board of Commissioners that a public health epidemic is declared in Cook County in regards to gun violence.

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