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File #: 19-5486    Version: 1 Name: DECLARING RACIAL EQUITY WEEK IN COOK COUNTY
Type: Consent Calendar Resolution Status: Approved
File created: 9/4/2019 In control: Board of Commissioners
On agenda: 9/25/2019 Final action: 9/25/2019
Title: PROPOSED RESOLUTION DECLARING RACIAL EQUITY WEEK IN COOK COUNTY WHEREAS, historically, government has played a role in creating and maintaining racial inequities, further widening the gap in disparities amongst residents; and WHEREAS, Cook County is the second largest county and contains one of the most segregated cities in America, and thus has a grave responsibility to do what is in its power to right those wrongs and eliminate those inequities; and WHEREAS, it is unacceptable that certain zip codes on the south and west sides of Chicago and Cook County have dramatically lower life expectancies, higher maternal and infant mortality rates, greater food scarcity, and decreased access to mental health assistance; and WHEREAS, Cook County Government is one of the largest employers in the region, and WHEREAS, the success of an organization today is incumbent on its ability to hire and maintain a workforce that mirrors the diverse community it serves; and WHEREAS, in order to b...
Sponsors: TONI PRECKWINKLE (President), DONNA MILLER, LARRY SUFFREDIN, PETER N. SILVESTRI, JEFFREY R. TOBOLSKI

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PROPOSED RESOLUTION

 

DECLARING RACIAL EQUITY WEEK IN COOK COUNTY

 

WHEREAS, historically, government has played a role in creating and maintaining racial inequities, further widening the gap in disparities amongst residents; and

 

WHEREAS, Cook County is the second largest county and contains one of the most segregated cities in America, and thus has a grave responsibility to do what is in its power to right those wrongs and eliminate those inequities; and

 

WHEREAS, it is unacceptable that certain zip codes on the south and west sides of Chicago and Cook County have dramatically lower life expectancies, higher maternal and infant mortality rates, greater food scarcity, and decreased access to mental health assistance; and

 

WHEREAS, Cook County Government is one of the largest employers in the region, and

 

WHEREAS, the success of an organization today is incumbent on its ability to hire and maintain a workforce that mirrors the diverse community it serves; and

 

WHEREAS, in order to be a model for the region and for other governments, Cook County Government has adopted a racial equity lens to examine employee demographics and improve hiring, retention, and promotion policies and practices; and

 

WHEREAS, racial equity is not just about money, or jobs, or the scars of history, but is about providing inclusive, culturally competent services to the 5.2 million residents of Cook County and ensuring that communities and residents have a voice in government decision-making; and

 

WHEREAS, in November 2018, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle made equity one of the foundational values of her administration; and

 

WHEREAS, in Spring 2019, Offices Under the President officially joined the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE), an organization that forms a national network of local and regional governments to advance racial equity; and

 

WHEREAS, Offices Under the President convened the Racial Equity Leadership Council (RELC) to advance equity throughout Cook County Government, focusing on policies, training, engagement, and operations; and

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that I, Toni Preckwinkle, as President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners and on behalf the residents of Cook County, do hereby designate September 16 - 20, 2019 to be “Racial Equity Week” in Cook County, Illinois.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, during this week of learning, listening, and engaging, Cook County will hold a series of events to hear from residents and community partners and educate the public about racial equity, why it matters and how stakeholders can work together to advance racial equity in Cook County. 

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