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Meeting Name: Board of Commissioners Agenda status: Final
Meeting date/time: 11/14/2017 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: Not available  
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Attachments: 11-14-2017 Consent Calendar Agenda - Second Set.pdf, 11-14-2017 Consent Calendar Agenda - Third Set.pdf, Public Comments from Consent Calendar Board Meeting 11-14-2017.pdf
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17-5595 1 THE SOUTH SUBURBAN COUNCIL ON ALCOHOLISM AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE 50TH ANNIVERSARYConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION THE SOUTH SUBURBAN COUNCIL ON ALCOHOLISM AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE 50TH ANNIVERSARY WHEREAS, the South Suburban Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse was found in October 1967 by a group seeking to help others that were struggling with alcoholism and addiction; and WHEREAS, the South Suburban Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse established the first alcoholism treatment center for the area that it served; and WHEREAS, the South Suburban Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse would bring a treatment alternative to a jail cell, state mental health facility, or formal detoxification center in Manteno; and WHEREAS, the South Suburban Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse would expand throughout the years through donations and grants to provide residential fordable and effective chemical dependency treatment and rehabilitation to residents of the greater Chicago Southland community; and WHEREAS, the South Suburban Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse is celebrating 50 years of exemplary service to some of the most vulnerable residents of Cook Coun   Action details Not available
17-5931 1 HONORING WOORI TAEKWONDO & HAPKIDO ACADEMYConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING WOORI TAEKWONDO & HAPKIDO ACADEMY WHEREAS, “Woori” means “You and Me” Woori Taekwondo and Hapkido Academy is a community of martial artists with the same goal, that of striving toward excellence in marital arts and in every aspect of our lives; and WHEREAS, philanthropy holds a special place of importance in the Woori philosophy; and WHEREAS, on Saturday, November 18, 2017, Woori Taekwondo and Hapkido Academy is sponsoring its 5th Annual fundraising event to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital entitled “Kick for the Cure” and WHEREAS, Woori Taekwondo and Hapkido Academy is a team of highly motivated and superbly trained individuals dedicated to the development of character and inner peace characterized by integrity and discipline; and WHEREAS, Kwan Pil Kim is the school’s Grand Master. Master Basia Pudysz is testing for her 4th Degree in Taekwondo. Grand Master Kwan Pil Kim, Master Basia Pudysz, Master Hyo Myeong Choi, Master Asad Umrani, Master Jihye Jang, Instructors and students will be participating in the 500 BoapprovePass Action details Not available
17-6074 1 HONORING HOMER GARYConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING HOMER GARY WHEREAS, Homer Gary is a native of Phoenix City, Alabama, where he graduated from high school; and WHEREAS, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Alabama State University before joining the Army, and returned to receive a Master of Science in Management of Public Services from DePaul; and WHEREAS, Homer Gary spent almost four years stationed in Germany, where he was a Medical Corpsman, assisting doctors in various emergency operations; and WHEREAS, he moved to Chicago in August 1964 and his first job was a Social Studies and Music teacher; and WHEREAS, among his students during his stint as a teacher were the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) Ronald Brown and George Anderson, who was in eighth grade at the time and remembers Homer as a nice and cool fella; and WHEREAS, after that Homer went to work for the Chicago Transit Authority. That’s when a friend who worked at the Chicago Housing Authority encouraged him to apply for the position of Community and Internal Relations Aide in the Tenant Relations Department. WHEREAS, his friend toldapprovePass Action details Not available
17-6125 1 MATTIE RUTH “BIRT” UPSHIRE, IN MEMORIAMConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION MATTIE RUTH “BIRT” UPSHIRE, IN MEMORIAM WHEREAS, on October 7th, 2017, Almighty God in His infinite wisdom has called Mattie Ruth “Birt” UpShire from our midst, and WHEREAS, Mattie Ruth Lackland was born to Charles and Annie Bell Lackland on June 2, 1941 in Greenville, MS; and WHEREAS, Mattie Ruth was 12 years old when she accepted Christ as her personal savior and was baptized by her uncle the late Reverend J.F. Redmon, Sr., at Pilgrim Rest Church; and WHEREAS, she attended #2 Elementary School and Coleman High School in Greensville, Mississippi; and WHERES, in 1950 she met Roosevelt Birt and on October 27, 1960 they were joined in holy matrimony, to this union six children were born; and WHEREAS, in 1964 , in effort to make a better life for her family she relocated to Chicago, Illinois, where she joined New Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of the late B.T. Bishop and was instrumental in organizing Genesis Love and Care Church where the late Reverend M.C. Pettie Pastored; and WHEREAS, in search of more spiritual guidance MapprovePass Action details Not available
17-6212 1 HONORING DAMON WILLIAMSConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING DAMON WILLIAMS WHEREAS, Damon Williams Comedian/Actor was born and raised in City of Chicago; and WHEREAS, Damon Williams has developed and crafted a sharp and streetwise sense of humor that has pegged him as one of the comedic world’s rising stars; and WHEREAS, formally a Subway sandwich shop owner, Damon Williams began his comedy career at one of the most prominent black comedy clubs in the country, All Jokes Aside, Living by the Motto “Don’t Stop and Don’t Quit”; and WHEREAS, Damon Williams numerous television appearances include BET’s Comicview, including his own one hour special, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, The Joyner Sky Show on TV-One and HBO’s P Diddy’s Bad Boys of Comedy; and WHEREAS, in 1999 Damon Williams performed for over 300,000 fans as the opening act for the highly Successful Kings of Comedy Tour, establishing him as one the elite comic of the nation; and WHEREAS, his growth in comedic wit and popularity also earned him the opportunity to host several episodes of the legendary Showtime at the Apollo, formerly happrovePass Action details Not available
17-9520 1 HONORING THE ACADEMY OF NUTRITION AND DIETETICS FOR CELEBRATING THEIR 100TH ANNIVERSARYConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING THE ACADEMY OF NUTRITION AND DIETETICS FOR CELEBRATING THEIR 100TH ANNIVERSARY WHEREAS, The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, now headquartered in Chicago, was founded on October 20, 1917 in Cleveland, Ohio, then known as the American Dietetic Association, by a mission driven group of women who were dedicated to helping the government improve the public’s health and nutrition during World War I, and; WHEREAS, the Academy grew from its original 58 members and is now the largest organization of food and nutrition professionals in the world with over 100,000 credentialed practitioners as members, including registered dietitian nutritionists, students, educators, clinicians and scientists, and; WHEREAS, Dietetic practitioners work in many fields including health care systems, home health care, foodservice, as well as private practice and use nutrition services to treat chronic conditions and illnesses, and ; WHEREAS, Members of the Academy, through education, advocacy and research, are experts in a variety of issues including diabetes prevenapprovePass Action details Not available
17-9521 1 HONORING GREATER TRUE VINE MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH FOR CELEBRATING THEIR 50TH ANNIVERSARYConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING GREATER TRUE VINE MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH FOR CELEBRATING THEIR 50TH ANNIVERSARY WHEREAS, With Rev. Walter Coolidge as pastor, Greater True Vine Missionary Baptist Church began their mission on November 29, 1967 at 3226 W. Roosevelt Road in Chicago, IL, and; WHEREAS, In January of 1982 the church relocated to their present location, 5932-38 W Division Street where the members of the church came together and worked tirelessly to remodel the building, and; WHEREAS, On September 1, 1996, Pastor L. C. Caver resigned as pastor after 27 years of service and October 6, 1996, Rev. John E. Collins Sr. officially became pastor of Great True Vine MBC, and; WHEREAS, under the leadership of Pastor John E. Collins many ministries have been added, preachers have accepted their call into the ministry, the church has grown in its number of members and the church itself has expanded and been remodeled. The Church has created programs to feed the hungry, help the needy and promote Christian Education, and; WHEREAS, Pastor John E. Collins Sr.’s focus andapprovePass Action details Not available
17-9525 1 DESIGNATING THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 13 - 19, 2017 AS NATIONAL APPRENTICESHIP WEEK THROUGHOUT COOK COUNTYConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION DESIGNATING THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 13 - 19, 2017 AS NATIONAL APPRENTICESHIP WEEK THROUGHOUT COOK COUNTY WHEREAS, the Cook County Board of Commissioners knows a highly skilled workforce is necessary to compete in the global economy and to support economic growth; and WHEREAS, the Cook County Committee on Workforce, Housing & Community Development was in part created to promote conversation about ways apprenticeships can continue to respond to workforce challenges in the 21st century, WHEREAS, the increasingly competitive global labor market calls for a rigorous and innovative investment in training, and it is increasingly clear that apprenticeships are part of the answer. To build the workforce of the future, we need to build a diverse pipeline today; and WHEREAS, registered apprenticeships are becoming increasingly innovative and diverse in design, partnerships and timeframes; and will continue to evolve to meet emerging skills and employer requirements; and WHEREAS, it is imperative that we continue to encourage the development of, and enrollment approvePass Action details Not available
17-9985 1 RESOLUTION HONORING OFFICER RYAN AND AUGLEConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION RESOLUTION HONORING OFFICER LEO AUGLE AND OFFICER COLIN RYAN WHEREAS, On May, 2, 2017, 9th District Chicago Police Officer Leo Augle (Star # 12848) and Chicago Police Officer Colin Ryan (Star #18694) were driving in a covert vehicle conducting gang surveillance; and WHEREAS, While stopped at the intersection of 4300 South Ashland, two vehicles surrounded Officer Augle and Office Ryan’s police vehicle and opened fire with high a powered assault rifle; and WHEREAS, the attackers fired 28 shots, 23 of which struck the officer’s vehicle; and WHEREAS, Officer Augle sustained a gunshot wound to his back and Officer Ryan sustained a gunshot wound to his arm; and WHEREAS, While being wounded, both Officer Augle and Officer Ryan returned fire and were later able to provide descriptions of the offenders and the vehicles involved; and WHEREAS, the information being provided by the officers led to the arrest of the man who drove the dangerous gunmen; and WHEREAS, the Cook County Board of Commissioners praises Officer Augle and Officer Ryan for theirapprovePass Action details Not available
17-9986 1 Resolution Honoring Officer Mendoza, Perez and Mr. JimenezConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION RESOLUTION HONORING OFFICER VICTORIA MENDOZA, OFFICER DAVID PEREZ, AND MR. RICARDO JIMENEZ WHEREAS, On July 21, 2017, 9th District Chicago Police Officer David Perez (Star #14864) and Chicago Police Officer Victoria Mendoza (Star #14334) were responding to a call of a robbery in progress in the 4300 block of South Ashland; and WHEREAS, Upon arrival at the scene officer Perez and officer Mendoza observed multiple subjects exiting the business and matching the descriptions given of the possible offenders; and WHEREAS, When Officer Perez and Officer Mendoza attempted to stop the subjects the offenders turned and began firing multiple rounds in the direction of the officers; and WHEREAS, Officer Mendoza sustained a gunshot to the knee; and WHEREAS, Officer Perez continued pursuing offenders on foot while encountering multiple rounds of gunfire; and WHEREAS, Mr. Ricardo Jimenez, owner of Leslie’s Hair Salon, a local business in the area, emerged from his establishment and observed Officer Mendoza in distress; and WHEREAS, Despite the ongoing guapprovePass Action details Not available
17-9987 1 Honoring President EMERITUS Bobbie L. Steele 80th BirthdayConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING PRESIDENT EMERITUS BOBBIE L. STEELE 80TH BIRTHDAY WHEREAS, President (Emeritus) Bobbie L. Steele was born in Cleveland, Mississippi on October 18, 1937. She completed her formal education in 1954 following her attendance to the illustrious Alabama A& M University in Huntsville, Alabama for two years; and WHEREAS, Bobbie L. Rodgers migrated to Chicago, IL in 1954 where she soon met the love of her life, Robert Pearl Steele, and was fortunate to have six children (Valerie, Joyce, {Robert}, Byron, Donna, and Elisha), bless this great union; and WHEREAS, While providing for her family, Bobbie L. Steele attended night school in addition to working full time, eventually earning her degree in Elementary Education from Chicago’s Teacher’s College. Bobbie continued her educational pursuit, ultimately earning a Master’s Degree in Supervision and Administration from Roosevelt University; and WHEREAS, for twenty years Bobbie L. Steele was an educator for the Chicago Public School System teaching and inspiring thousands of children who became successapprovePass Action details Not available
17-9988 1  Consent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION A RESOLUTION HONORING POET TYEHIMBA JESS ON RECEIVING THE 2017 PULITZER PRIZE WHEREAS, born in Detroit, poet Tyehimba Jess came to Cook County after high school to attend the University of Chicago where he earned his bachelor’s degree in public policy in 1991 followed by an MFA from New York University; and WHEREAS, during his 18 years living in Chicago, Mr. Jess was a two-time member of the Chicago Green Mill Slam team and a prominent voice in Chicago’s poetry scene where he showcased his work as a writer and spoken word performer; and WHEREAS, Tyehimba Jess is currently poetry and fiction editor of African American Review and professor of English at the College of Staten Island (New York), having also previously taught at the Juilliard School and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and WHEREAS, Tyehimba Jess has won numerous awards over the course of his career, and most recently became the recipient of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in poetry for his second book Olio, where he weaves sonnet, song, and narrative to examine the lives of mostapprovePass Action details Not available
17-9989 1 Whitney Young H.S. State Championship Girls Tennis TeamConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING WHITNEY M. YOUNG HIGH SCHOOL DOLPHINS 2017 STATE CHAMPIONS WHEREAS, members of the Cook County Board of Commissioners are proud to recognize excellence in high school sports; and WHEREAS, the Cook County Board of Commissioners recognizes the importance of team sports in developing the qualities of respect, collaboration, hard work and dedication in young adults; and WHEREAS, the Whitney M. Young Dolphins Girls Tennis Team excelled in the sport during the 2016-2017 season with a record of (13-5); and WHEREAS, on October 28, 2017 the girls varsity tennis team of Whitney M. Young Magnet High School captured the state title along with Stevenson High School; and WHEREAS, this is a first time in history for any girls team to win the title, Senn High School's boys tennis team was the last Chicago Public Schools team to win the title in 1944; and WHEREAS, under the direction of Coach Dempsey Willard and Coach Carl Abram the team also won the city championship and the sectional championship; and WHEREAS, Darinka Stepan and Camryn Salter werapprovePass Action details Not available
17-9991 1 CONGRATULATING ERIC SOLORIO ACADEMY HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER TEAM ON WINNING THE ILLINOIS HIGH SCHOOL ASSOCIATION CLASS 2A CHAMPIONSHIPConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION CONGRATULATING ERIC SOLORIO ACADEMY HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER TEAM ON WINNING THE ILLINOIS HIGH SCHOOL ASSOCIATION CLASS 2A CHAMPIONSHIP WHEREAS, Eric Solorio Academy High School (Solorio) is an outstanding public high school located in the City of Chicago’s Gage Park neighborhood; and WHEREAS, Solorio has been rated Level 1+ by Chicago Public Schools which is defined as a “nationally competitive school with opportunity to share best practices with others”; and WHEREAS, Solorio is renowned as an exemplary high school by ranking within the list of Top 20 “Best Public Schools in Chicago” by Chicago Magazine; and WHEREAS, Solorio has gained national recognition for its excellence in education by the 2017 U.S. News and World Report, which rated Solorio as a Silver Medal School for its high level of college readiness; and WHEREAS, Solorio’s varsity soccer team, the Sun Warriors, won the state soccer Class 2A and 3A Championship as regulated by the Illinois High School Association on November 4, 2017; and WHEREAS, this victory concludes the 2017 IllinoapprovePass Action details Not available
17-9992 1 HONORING THE LIFE OF BYRON HARDWICK WILSONConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING THE LIFE OF BYRON HARDWICK WILSON WHEREAS, Byron Wilson represented the best qualities of citizenship and service. When he died at the age of 98, on October 24th he left behind a family, countless friends and a community enriched for having known him; and WHEREAS, Byron Wilson was born March 15, 1919 in Huntsville Alabama. He moved to Evanston in in 1930 and graduated from Evanston Township High School in 1938; and WHEREAS, Byron Wilson served his country in the United States Army where he became a drill instructor. He served in Europe during World War II and later in life he retraced the places where he had served in Europe and developed a fondness for world travel. He was also a member of the Evanston Traveling Football Club; and WHEREAS, Byron Wilson will long be remembered for his success in business. He owned and operated a successful dry cleaning business and was the night manager at Murphy’s Liquors in Skokie. After retiring briefly, he returned to work part-time at Schaefer’s Fine Foods and Spirits, a longtime fixture on thapprovePass Action details Not available
17-9996 1 A RESOLUTION OF THE COOK COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS TO HONOR THE LIFE OF L.J. HALBERTConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION A RESOLUTION OF THE COOK COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS TO HONOR THE LIFE OF L.J. HALBERT WHEREAS, L.J. Halbert was born on January 23, 1932 in the Waverly section of West Point, Mississippi, and; WHEREAS, L.J. Halbert received his education in West Point, Mississippi and then moved to Chicago, Illinois, and; WHEREAS, L.J. Halbert married the love of his life, Melva Jean McGee, on September 11, 1954 for 63 years. To this union, three beautiful children were born, Debra, Michael, and Jerome Halbert. L.J. and; WHEREAS, L.J. Halbert began his work as a laborer in the construction industry along with his brothers, James, Willie, Charles, and Louis and established Waverly Contractors Construction and Demolition Company. Waverly Construction provided incredible service in the Chicago area for over 33 years. L.J also worked at the Chicago Board of Education, and; WHEREAS, L.J. Halbert was an active member in his community, and served as a board and general member on several community organizations, to include: Menard Block Club, Association for a BetterapprovePass Action details Not available
17-9997 1  Consent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING MR. CARL WALTON SR. 99TH BIRTHDAY WHEREAS, Mr. Carl Walton was born on October 8, 1918 in Yazoo City, MS; and WHEREAS, Mr. Carl Walton received his formal education from Piney Wood Institute Piney Woods, MS; and WHEARAS, Carl Walton grew up selling food to support his family. He later worked for “Garner Seed Company” in Yazoo City where he sold and delivered garden materials; and WHEREAS, Carl Walton and his siblings formed a family singing group “The Walton Brothers”, who were known for their harmonious gospel quartet. Mr. Sam Cook actually sang with them for a short period of time. The Walton Brothers” traveled and performed their music in various cities including Mississippi, Chicago, Indiana, and Missouri. The group was the first to sing on Isabel Joseph Johnson’s WHFC Sunday morning broadcast, currently known as WVON; and WHEREAS, Carl Walton migrated to Chicago, IL where he enrolled in a plumbing “on the job training” program where he learned the specialty trade. He later worked as a box handler and later courier for Erie LackawanapprovePass Action details Not available
17-9978 1 HONORING PASTOR EARL GRANDBERRY SR. AND TRUE ROCK MINISTRIESConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING PASTOR EARL GRANDBERRY SR. AND TRUE ROCK MINISTRIES WHEREAS, Pastor Earl Grandberry Sr., the Founding & Senior Pastor of True Rock Ministries, has been the Pastor for 34 years and has made significant contributions to the African-American community and to the residents of Cook County; and WHEREAS, Pastor Grandberry’s family, his wife of 47 years Pastor Clarice Grandberry and their children and grandchild, provides spiritual leadership and serve both the church and the community; and WHEREAS, Senior Pastor Earl Grandberry Sr. and True Rock Ministries, with the help of God, provide programs that ensure a safe place for children and youth, encourage seniors to active and healthy lifestyles, offer couples classes for married and engaged couples and have a singles program of joy in the service of the Lord; and WHEREAS, this Thanksgiving, True Rock Ministries will feed 1,000 families, 100 veterans, feed and clothe the homeless, and pass out toys to children. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the President and the Cook County Board of ComapprovePass Action details Not available
17-9979 1 HONORING MASONIC TEMPLE PRINCE HALLConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING MASONIC TEMPLE PRINCE HALL WHEREAS, Prince Hall Freemasonry is the oldest, continually-active, African-American fraternal organization within the State of Illinois and has made significant contributions to the African-American community and to the residents of Cook County; and WHEREAS, the fraternity, named after Prince Hall, an African-American abolitionist, is dedicated to making good men better through service to mankind and are celebrating the 300 year anniversary of the establishment of Freemasonry in England; and WHEREAS, Masonic Temple Prince Hall has fought for the abolition of slavery and justice for all citizens beginning with its founder, Prince Hall, 150 years ago; and WHEREAS, Masonic Temple Prince Hall has a tradition of feeding the needy during Thanksgiving season; and WHEREAS, on Thursday, November 24, 2017, 4th Ward Alderman Sophia King will join Masonic Temple Prince Hall in celebrating 20,000 meals served over 50 years. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the President and the Cook County Board of Commissioners, oapprovePass Action details Not available