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Meeting Name: Board of Commissioners Agenda status: Final
Meeting date/time: 10/24/2017 9:00 AM Minutes status: Final  
Meeting location: Cook County Building, Board Room, 118 North Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois
Consent Calendar Meeting
Published agenda: Agenda Agenda Published minutes: Minutes Minutes  
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Attachments: 10-24-2017 Consent Calendar Agenda - Second Set.pdf, 10-24-2017 Consent Calendar Agenda - Third Set.pdf
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17-5229 1 HONORING THE COOK COUNTY BOARD OF REVIEW FOR RECEIVING THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGYConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING THE COOK COUNTY BOARD OF REVIEW FOR RECEIVING THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY WHEREAS, the National Association of Counties (NACo) awarded the Cook County Board of Review its Achievement Award for the Board’s Digital Appeals Processing System (DAPS); and WHEREAS, the Achievement Award honors innovative, effective county government programs that enhance services for residents; and WHEREAS, DAPS transformed the office from a paper-based process to a digital enterprise content management system. The system opened an online portal for constituents and created an internal digital workflow for analysis; and WHEREAS, previously, the Board of Review stored more than 10 million paper pages, which was slow, inefficient and lacked transparency; and WHEREAS, DAPS has created an easier process for taxpayers to file appeals, upload evidence and view results online; and WHEREAS, DAPS also streamlined the Board of Review staff, allowing staff members to review and decide appeals electronically; and approvePass Action details Not available
17-5329 1 VETERANS DAYConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION VETERANS DAY WHEREAS, Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, was originally proclaimed holiday on November 11, 1919 by President Woodrow Wilson to honor the end of World War I; and WHEREAS, November 11, subsequently declared a legal holiday in 1938, was “dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as “Armistice Day”. In 1954, at the urging of veterans organizations, the 1938 Act was amended by replacing Armistice Day with Veterans Day; and WHEREAS, from the Revolutionary War to the present day, the contributions made to the United States of America by her citizen soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen who stand in our place to defend the freedoms we enjoy cannot be calculated; and WHEREAS, the County of Cook has the largest veteran population in this state with 224,000 veterans; and WHEREAS, the County of Cook has always honored the immeasurable wartime and peacetime contributions and sacrifice of the men and women of the United States Armed Forces; and WHEREAS, Americans still give thanks to veterans for their servapprovePass Action details Not available
17-5439 1 RECOGNIZING PILGRIM BAPTIST CHURCH CENTURY OF SERVICEConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING PILGRIM BAPTIST CHURCH CENTURY OF SERVICE WHEREAS, Pilgrim Baptist Church of South Chicago is an integral part of the history of South Chicago. It is currently located at 9104 South Baltimore in Chicago, IL. Pilgrim Baptist Church of South Chicago was organized in 1917, with ten (10) members and Reverend Frank Gaskin as the pastor; and WHEREAS, The growth of Pilgrim required strength and faith. The church has had only six pastors, each of them, having a tremendous spiritual impact on the community. Each Pastor provided structure, guidance, and leadership within the church and throughout the community. Pilgrim Baptist Church of South Chicago has been a blessing and sanctuary for many; and WHEREAS, The popularity of Pilgrim Baptist Church of South Chicago physical building escalated because of scenes in several movies, The Blues Brothers, and the featuring the church in several episodes of The Women of Brewster Place and The Mike and Molly Show.; and WHEREAS, In 2006, during the celebration of the 89th anniversary, a flameless fire ravished the phyapprovePass Action details Not available
17-5469 1 HONORING ARAB AMERICAN FAMILY SERVICES 10TH ANNUAL WALK IN FAITH NOT IN FEARConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING ARAB AMERICAN FAMILY SERVICES 10TH ANNUAL WALK IN FAITH NOT IN FEAR WHEREAS, Arab American Family Services is a social service agency founded in 2001 providing caring, compassionate assistance to (South Suburban) Chicagoland residents; and WHEREAS, Arab American Family Services offers support in a number of areas of including public benefits, immigration, domestic violence, mental health, and elderly services and sponsors outreach programs to build healthier families and communities; and WHEREAS, Arab American Family Services strives to fulfill its mission to serve not only Arab Americans but any families, individuals, or those in need by providing them access to services; and WHEREAS, the month of October is recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Breast Cancer Awareness Month; and WHEREAS, Arab American Family Services is fulfilling its mission in advocating for and supporting these causes by holding their 10th Annual Walk in Faith Not if Fear for Domestic Violence and Cancer on October 28, 2017; and NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, thapprovePass Action details Not available
17-5513 1 JAMES P. VERROS, IN MEMORIAMConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION JAMES P. VERROS, IN MEMORIAM WHEREAS, Almighty God in His infinite wisdom has called James P. Verros from our midst, and WHEREAS, James P. Verros was born in Nestani, Greece, and WHEREAS, James P. Verros was the loving husband of Georgia for 56 years, and WHEREAS, James P. Verros was the dear father of Angie (John) Spagoletti, and WHEREAS, James P. Verros was the loving grandfather (papou) to Jimmy, and WHEREAS, James P. Verros was the beloved son of the late Prokopi and Angeliki Verros; and WHEREAS, James P. Verros was the dear brother of the late Peter (Voula), George (Irma), Dino (Georgia) and Petros (Sophia); and WHEREAS, James P. Verros was the adored uncle to many nieces and nephews; and WHEREAS, all who knew him will attest that James P. Verros was a kind and compassionate man, virtuous of character and gentle in spirit, admired and respected by his many friends and neighbors, and dearly loved by his family, now therefore BE IT RESOLVED, by the Board of Commissioners of Cook County that the Board does hereby offer its deepest condolences aapprovePass Action details Not available
17-5588 1 HONORING CRISIS CENTER FOR SOUTH SUBURBIA DURING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTHConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING CRISIS CENTER FOR SOUTH SUBURBIA DURING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH WHEREAS, the month of October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month which evolved from the "Day of Unity" held in October 1981 and conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence; and WHEREAS, domestic violence victim advocates, domestic violence service providers, domestic violence first responders, and other individuals use this month to increase awareness of the issue during this month; and WHEREAS, the Crisis Center for South Suburbia, which has advocated and provided services for those impacted by domestic violence since 1979, has worked tirelessly since that time to provide a safe haven for women and children forced to flee violence of their homes; and WHEREAS, the Crisis Center of South Suburbia offers an array of services and programs aimed at prevention, education, intervention, and advocacy; and WHEREAS, the Crisis Center for South Suburbia fulfills the mission of Domestic Violence Awareness Month by mourning those who have died because of domestic violeapprovePass Action details Not available
17-5658 1 HONORING THE 90th BIRTHDAY OF NOEL B. CUMMINGSConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING THE 90th BIRTHDAY OF NOEL B. CUMMINGS WHEREAS, the members of the Cook County Board of Commissioners are proud to congratulate Noel B. Cummings, Village of Hodgkins President, on the occasion and celebration of his 90th birthday on October 19, 2017; and WHEREAS, Noel B. Cummings was born in Burnsville, Mississippi, on October 19, 1927 and attended Pumpkin Center grade school and high school in Burnsville, Mississippi and North Eastern Mississippi Junior College; and WHEREAS, Noel B. Cummings married the late Nelda Benick Cummings on August 25, 1945, and had two children together, their son Daniel and daughter Sherry; and WHEREAS, Noel B. Cummings proudly served his country in the United States Army during World War II from 1945 to 1947 stationed in Germany; and WHEREAS, Noel B. Cummings retired from the International Harvester Company where he was employed for twenty-eight years as a supervisor; and WHEREAS, Noel B. Cummings has been a resident of Hodgkins for the past 48 years, where he served as Village Trustee from 1975 to 1979; and WHEREAS, approvePass Action details Not available
17-5669 1 HONORING TRINITY HIGH SCHOOL: 100 YEARS OF EMPOWERING YOUNG WOMENConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING TRINITY HIGH SCHOOL: 100 YEARS OF EMPOWERING YOUNG WOMEN WHEREAS, in 1917, five Sinsinawa Dominican sisters traveled from southwestern Wisconsin to River Forest to found a Catholic college for girls; and WHEREAS, money was tight during World War I so the sisters decided to start with a high school, utilizing an existing building on the land they had purchased; and WHEREAS, by 1922, the high school, called Rosary House, was a four-year school with a its first graduating class of 28; and WHEREAS, Trinity High School was chartered in 1925, and the new Trinity High School opened its doors in September of 1926; and WHEREAS, in 1933, Trinity was awarded a first-class rating. At a time when only 33 percent of the adult population in the U.S. had ever enrolled in high school, Trinity was sending approximately 75 percent of its students to college; and WHEREAS, in December of 1941, Trinity students, now numbering 700, sold War Bonds and Stamps and were frequently recognized by the U.S. government for their impressive efforts; and WHEREAS, iapprovePass Action details Not available
17-5782 1 HONORING THE RONALD MCDONALD GLOBAL DAY OF CHANGEConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING THE RONALD MCDONALD GLOBAL DAY OF CHANGE WHEREAS, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicago and Northwest Indiana supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families throughout the Cook County metropolitan area; and WHEREAS, Ronald McDonald Houses in Cook County provide lodging, meals and support to families with children receiving treatment at local hospitals and medical centers; and WHEREAS, Ronald McDonald Family Rooms offer parents a place to rest and regroup inside hospitals while remaining near their child; and WHEREAS, Ronald McDonald House Charities strive to create a community where children and their families embrace life and healing with a sense of hope, enthusiasm, courage and joy; and WHEREAS, in 2016 Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicago and Northwest Indiana provided services to 1,512 children with their Care Mobile, assisted 63 scholars attending college, and their Houses and Family Rooms have supported 4,960 families during their most difficult and stressful times; and approvePass Action details Video Video
17-5802 1 WE DON’T SERVE TEENSConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION IN “WE DON’T SERVE TEENS,” AN INITIATIVE BY THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION, CONSTELLATION BRANDS BEER DIVISION, AND COOK COUNTY BEER DISTRIBUTORS AND RETAILERS TO ENLIST PARENTS AND OTHER ADULTS TO FIGHT UNDERAGE DRINKING WHEREAS, Cook County is home to many of the top middle schools, high schools, colleges, and universities in the United States, and during September thousands of students are beginning the fall semester with enthusiasm and great hope to advance in their studies; WHEREAS, for several years, Cook County has recognized the Federal Trade Commission’s “We Don’t Serve Teens” consumer education campaign as a valuable resource to raise awareness among parents, educators, and other adults that furnishing alcohol to minors is illegal and that common-sense measures can further reduce illegal underage drinking and the dangers caused by underage drinking to teens themselves and to the general public; and WHEREAS, the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) indicates that progress has continued for more than a decadapprovePass Action details Not available
17-5805 1 RECOGNIZING OCTOBER AS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTHConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING OCTOBER AS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH WHEREAS, the month of October is recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month; and WHEREAS, in the United States about 1 in 8 women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime; and WHEREAS, in 2017, an estimated 252,170 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 63,410 new cases of non-invasive (in situ ) breast cancer; and WHEREAS, about 2,470 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed in men in 2017. A man’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000; and WHEREAS, Breast cancer incidence rates in the U.S. began decreasing in the year 2000, after increasing for the previous two decades. They dropped by 7% from 2002 to 2003 alone; and WHEREAS, one theory is that this decrease was partially due to the reduced use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) by woman after the results of a large study called the Women’s Health Initiative were published in 2002. These results suggapprovePass Action details Video Video
17-5852 1 HONORING JAHKIL JACKSONConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION A RESOLUTION OF THE COOK COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS HONORING JAHKIL JACKSON FOR HIS SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY WITH PROJECT I AM WHEREAS, According to the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, over 82,000 Chicagoans are homeless. 76% of people living in homeless shelters are black, 19% are white and 97% of CPS homeless students are children of color; and, WHEREAS, Jahkil Jackson, at the age of 8,when many children are only concerned with video games and playing with friends, felt a calling to help those in need; and, WHEREAS, Jahkil, after helping his Aunt distribute food to the homeless, created Project I Am. Over the past 2 years Jahkil has helped thousands in need by creating and growing Project I Am; and, WHEREAS, Project I Am serves the Chicago homeless population by distributing “Blessing Bags.” Blessing Bags contain every day essentials many in the homeless community are lacking, including wipes, socks, deodorant, hand sanitizer, granola bars, toothbrush, toothpaste, bottled water, and more; and, WHEREAS, Jahkil personally distributes the bags to homapprovePass Action details Not available
17-5855 1 HONORING TENA MAE LONGSTREETConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION A RESOLUTION OF THE COOK COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS HONORING TENA MAE LONGSTREET ON HER 99th BIRTHDAY WHEREAS, Tena Mae Longstreet was born August 18, 1918 in Coffeeville, Mississippi to David and Willie Reed and was one of 12 children; and WHEREAS, at the age of 38, Ms. Longstreet moved to Chicago where she has resided on the westside of Chicago since 1956. Throughout her lifetime, she was a farmer, factory worker, milliner (hat maker), and home healthcare aid; and WHEREAS, Ms. Longstreet is a mother of six children, grandmother to fifteen grandchildren and great-grandmother to a host of great-grandchildren; and WHEREAS, Ms. Longstreet has been a devoted Christian woman all of her life and a member of the Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church, in Coffeeville, Mississippi and Greater Christian Fellowship M.B. in Chicago. WHEREAS Ms. Longstreet now spends her free time enjoying family, friends and quilting; and NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the President and Cook County Board of Commissioners to recognize Tena Mae Longstreet on her 99th birthday celebration and thapprovePass Action details Not available
17-5861 1 Chicago Mariachi ProjectConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION CONGRATULATING CHICAGO MARIACHI PROJECT (CMP) ON WINNING 1ST PLACE IN THE HIGH SCHOOL CATEGORY AND 3RD PLACE OVERALL AT THE 27TH ANNUAL MARIACHI SPECTACULAR DE ALBUQUERQUE WHEREAS, Mariachi Spectacular de Albuquerque is one of the most important and longest running mariachi conferences in the world attracting hundreds of students from throughout the United States and México; and WHEREAS, this conference distinguishes itself by attracting some of the most iconic mariachi musicians as clinicians leading workshops and maintaining education as its central focus; and WHEREAS, students from Chicago Mariachi Project's (CMP) prestigious Mariachi Academy returned from Albuquerque, New Mexico after having won First Place in the High School Category and Third Place Overall at the 27th Annual Mariachi Spectacular de Albuquerque; and WHEREAS, CMP’s winning ensemble included students from Orozco Community Academy, Kanoon Magnet School, Back of the Yards High School, Juárez Community Academy, Lincoln Park High School, Whitney Young High School, Mother Macaulay approvePass Action details Not available
17-5862 1 Rami NashashibiConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION CONGRATULATING RAMI NASHASHIBI ON RECEIVING THE MACARTHUR FOUNDATION GENIUS AWARD WHEREAS, the MacArthur Foundation Genius Award is a prestigious award given out each year in “recognition of exceptional creativity; promise for important future advances based on the recipient’s previous track record; and the potential of the award to facilitate subsequent creative work”; and WHEREAS, Rami Nashashibi, founder and Executive Director of the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN), was announced to be one of the 2017 recipient fellows; and WHEREAS, Rami Nashashibi received a B.A. (1995) from DePaul University and a Ph.D. (2010) from the University of Chicago and has taught at a number of colleges and universities across the Chicagoland area, and served as a member of President Obama's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships in 2016; and WHEREAS, Rami Nashashibi’s passion for social justice was ignited when he came to Chicago in 1990 and was exposed to the inequalities underrepresented communities face on the south side of Chicago; approvePass Action details Not available
17-5890 1 HONORING THE COPERNICUS CENTERConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING THE COPERNICUS CENTER WHEREAS, the Copernicus Foundation, named after world-renowned Polish scientist and the Father of Modern Astronomy Nicolaus Copernicus, was chartered as a not-for-profit organization in July 1971 to serve the metropolitan Chicago area as a major civic, cultural, educational, recreational and entertainment resource; and WHEREAS, a search began in 1977 for a permanent site to house a Polish cultural center in Chicago; and WHEREAS, the Copernicus Foundation purchased the old Gateway Cinema building located near Milwaukee and Lawrence avenues and restored the building, converting it into the Copernicus Center; and WHEREAS, since 1979, the Copernicus Foundation annually fulfills its mission for education and entertainment in another way, by sponsoring the annual “TASTE OF POLONIA FESTIVAL”, the largest Polish Festival in the country visited by over 30,000 annually where festival goers familiarize themselves with many aspects of Polish customs, culture, traditions and language; and WHEREAS, in 1979, the Copernicus FoundapprovePass Action details Not available
17-5900 1 RECOGNIZING SGI YOUTHFUL SUCCESSORS DAYConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING SGI YOUTHFUL SUCCESSORS DAY WHEREAS, 1,200 youth from 25 states, including Illinois and Cook County participated in the “Heartland of America: Roaring Lions of Justice and Victory” gathering in Chicago on October 15, 2017, at Hyatt McCormick Place; and WHEREAS, this gathering marked the 10th anniversary of the establishment of SGI-USA’s Central Territory, and the 57th Anniversary of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda’s historic first visit to Chicago on October 9, 1960; and WHEREAS, Dr. Ikeda has worked tirelessly to instill in young people a sense of responsibility for global and social issues, with the goal of fostering future generations of youth committed to working for peace and justice; and WHEREAS, Dr. Ikeda serves as a living example of concern, compassion and taking responsibility for humanity through his efforts as a pioneering, citizen-diplomat; as a promoter of peace and his annual submission of Peace Proposals to the United Nations; as a Buddhist scholar and author of more than 150 books; and as the founder of peace, culture andapprovePass Action details Not available
17-5901 1 HONORING THE SOUTH HOLLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETYConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING THE SOUTH HOLLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY WHEREAS, the South Holland Historical Society has made significant contributions to the diverse communities of the Southland and to the residents of Cook County; and WHEREAS, the South Holland Historical Society has served the Village of South Holland and has served Cook County’s Southland as a nonprofit organization created to preserve the history of South Holland; and WHEREAS, the Society preserves the history of the first settlers of the 1800’s and their homesteads at the annual Labor Day festival at Paarlberg Farm located at 172nd and Paxton avenues; and WHEREAS, the Society holds monthly meetings with historians and speakers from other areas spanning a wide range of topics; and WHEREAS, the Society has taken major steps in building bridges across the Southland communities to include residents of many different ethnicities and races; and NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the President and the Cook County Board of Commissioners, on behalf of the residents of Cook County, recognize the SapprovePass Action details Not available
17-5903 1 HONORING JUST JAMMIN' WITH JANELLE & COMPANYConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING JUST JAMMIN’ WITH JANELLE & COMPANY WHEREAS, on January 11, 2011, Just Jammin’ with Janelle & Company was founded and began to work with churches, health fairs, local fundraisers, schools and community organizations; and WHEREAS, the Company has performed at various events hosted by The Village of South Holland and the South Holland Historical Society; and WHEREAS, Just Jammin’ regularly teaches line dancing throughout the week at Olympia Fields Park District, South Holland Community Center, and The Irwin Center in Homewood; and WHEREAS, in partnership with the South Holland Historical society, and through outreach to other Southland communities, Just Jammin’ has been able to promote diversity and integration in a way that inspires both adults and children; and WHEREAS, Just Jammin’ has made significant contributions to the African-American community and to the residents of Cook County; NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the President and the Cook County Board of Commissioners, on behalf of the residents of Cook County, recognize JapprovePass Action details Not available
17-5904 1 Louis Spalla In MemoriamConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION LOUIS “SONNY” SPALLA, IN MEMORIAM WHEREAS, Almighty God in His infinite wisdom has called Louis “Sonny” Spalla from our midst; and WHEREAS, Louis “Sonny” Spalla was the beloved husband of the late Rita (nee Vittorio); and WHEREAS, Louis “Sonny” Spalla was the loving father of Anthony (Cara), Therese (Francis) Degnan, Louis (Gina) and Rita Spalla (Mike LaCoco); and WHEREAS, Louis “Sonny” Spalla was the beloved son of Anthony and Loretta Spalla; and WHEREAS, Louis “Sonny” Spalla was the loving grandfather of Martina (Matthew) Maggiore, Anthony, Gia, and Jenna; and great grandfather of Anthony and Matthew; and WHEREAS, Louis “Sonny” Spalla was the dear brother of the late Marie (the late Carmen “Rails”) Balastri, Connie (the late Sam) Argento; brother-in-law of Marie (the late Jospeh) Panozzo, Joseph “Buddy” (Jacki) DiVittorio, and the late Roseanne DiVittorio; and WHEREAS, Louis “Sonny” Spalla was the fond uncle of many nieces and nephews; and WHEREAS, Louis “Sonny” Spalla was a loyal friend who was loved by many and will be rememberapprovePass Action details Not available
17-5905 1 HONORING BLACKS IN GREEN ON THEIR TENTH ANNIVERSARYConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING BLACKS IN GREEN ON THEIR TENTH ANNIVERSARY WHEREAS, since 2007, Blacks in Green has worked to catalyze economic development, local land and business ownership, and ecological sustainability in black communities; and WHEREAS, Blacks in Green has pioneered “Garden Oriented Development” [GOD] to ensure high quality homes and gardens, food system enterprises, and the conservation lifestyle within Great Migration Legacy communities; and WHEREAS, Blacks in Green builds the capacity for local self-management in “walk-to-work, walk-to-shop, walk-to-learn, walk-to-play” villages called The Sustainable Square Mile; and WHEREAS, Blacks in Green strives to improve the health and wealth of the whole community; and WHEREAS, the Blacks in Green organization works to change and reverse racial economic disparities; and WHEREAS, Blacks in Green has made significant contributions to the African-American community and to the residents of Cook County; and NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the President and the Cook County Board of Commissioners, onapprovePass Action details Not available
17-5906 1 HONORING THE BLACK OAKS CENTERConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING THE BLACK OAKS CENTER WHEREAS, the Black Oaks Center operates the Healthy Food Hub in Chicago and seeks to create a just, holistic and local food system to transform communities through education, entrepreneurship and access to healthy, affordable foods; and WHEREAS, in July 2017, the Black Oaks Center partnered with the Cook County Health and Hospitals System (CCHHS) and began hosting weekly Fresh Markets at three South Suburban Health Centers: Oak Forest, Robbins, and Cottage Grove (in Ford Heights); and WHEREAS, Fresh Markets provide new opportunities for CCHHS patients and community members to obtain fresh produce in areas where full service grocery stores are scarce; and WHEREAS, Fresh Markets were open this summer at Cottage Grove on Mondays, Oak Forest on Wednesdays, and at Robbins on Fridays and will continue to operate year-round at the Oak Forest Auditorium starting October 25; and NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the President and the Cook County Board of Commissioners, on behalf of the residents of Cook County, recognize approvePass Action details Not available
17-5907 1 RECOGNIZING DAISAKU IKEDA DAYConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING DAISAKU IKEDA DAY WHEREAS, October 9, 2017, marked the 57th anniversary of Soka Gakkai International President Daisaku Ikeda’s first visit to Cook County where he, after witnessing an act of racial injustice, re-determined at the age of 32 to devote his entire life to fighting for the recognition of the dignity, respect and equality of all people; and WHEREAS, Dr. Ikeda’s experience in Cook County provided the foundation for pioneering international, citizen-diplomacy in order to promote justice, harmony and cross-cultural exchanges and dialogues with ordinary citizens, scholars, academicians, authors, artists, policymakers, and thought-leaders; and WHEREAS, Dr. Ikeda’s efforts to share through these dialogues the philosophy of value creation-the limitless potential of the human spirit to find meaning in difficulty and transform suffering into growth-has resulted in the bestowal of more than 300 honorary doctorates and professorships from institutions of higher learning worldwide, including DePaul University, and the awarding of more than approvePass Action details Not available
17-5909 1 HONORING THE RENAISSANCE COLLABORATIVEConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING THE RENAISSANCE COLLABORATIVE WHEREAS, The Renaissance Collaborative (TRC) has made significant contributions to the African-American community and to the residents of Cook County; and WHEREAS, TRC’s mission is the belief that all individuals have value and, therefore, can better contribute to themselves, their families and their communities when provided with the support systems they may need; and WHEREAS, TRC’s goal is to promote self-sufficiency through an innovative and comprehensive network of supportive housing, employment and educational services; and WHEREAS, the historic Wabash YMCA building has become the site of TRC’s Renaissance Apartments and Fitness for Life Center, serving the homeless; and WHEREAS, seniors in the Bronzeville community receive holistic services at the TRC Senior Village, so that seniors can age in a welcoming place with grace and involvement in the community; and WHEREAS, The Renaissance Collaborative is honoring the memory of Cook County Commissioner Robert Steele at their 25th Anniversary Gala; anapprovePass Action details Not available
17-5911 1 Honoring Shelly BanksConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING SHELLY BANKS, COOK COUNTY AUDITOR WHEREAS, Shelly Banks, Cook County Auditor, will end her service to the residents of Cook County on November 10, 2017; and WHEREAS, Shelly Banks served the State of Illinois as an auditor is various capacities from 1994 to 2013 including roles at the Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois Department of Central Management Services, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and the Illinois Lottery; and WHEREAS, Shelly Banks was named Auditor to Cook County in 2013; and WHEREAS, as Cook County Auditor, Shelly Banks has expanded the County’s audit coverage and produced recommendations that have helped lead to service improvements and reduced costs across County departments; and WHEREAS, as Cook County Auditor, Shelly Banks has modernized the County’s Internal Audit Program and led the office to obtain the first external Quality Assessment Review with no findings in over 20 years; and WHERAS, as Cook County Auditor, Shelly Banks established and implemented the Annual Countywide RapprovePass Action details Not available
17-5913 1 HONORING THE BLACK UNITED FUND OF ILLINOIS, INC.Consent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING THE BLACK UNITED FUND OF ILLINOIS, INC. WHEREAS, the Black United Fund of Illinois, Inc. was founded in April 8, 1985 to encourage philanthropic support and programs that address the critical needs of African-American communities statewide; and WHEREAS, the Black United Fund of Illinois’ mission is to create, support and sustain African-American social, economic, cultural and educational institutions through the enhancement of African-American philanthropy; and WHEREAS, the Black United Fund of Illinois supports organizations that have demonstrated ability or potential to advance economic development in the African-American community and improve education in public schools; and WHEREAS, the Black United Fund of Illinois preserves African-American history and advances creative work in the performing, literary and visual arts; and WHEREAS, the Fund also offers health and social services to the community, especially services designed to improve the quality of life for African-American families and residents of Cook County; and NOW, THEapprovePass Action details Not available