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Meeting Name: Board of Commissioners Agenda status: Final
Meeting date/time: 7/18/2017 9:00 AM Minutes status: Final  
Meeting location: Cook County Building, Board Room, 118 North Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois
Special Consent Calendar Meeting
Published agenda: Agenda Agenda Published minutes: Not available  
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Attachments: Letter Requesting Special Meeting-Consent Calendar 7-18-17.pdf, 07-18-17 Clerk's Special Meeting Notice.pdf, 07-18-2017 Special Consent Calendar Agenda Second Set.pdf, 07-18-2017 Special Consent Calendar Agenda Third Set.pdf
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17-2988 1 Life of Judge Raymond Myles, Sr.Consent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING THE LIFE OF JUDGE RAYMOND MYLES, SR. WHEREAS, Raymond Myles, Sr. was the fifth of fourteen children born to Milry and Haskel Myles, Sr. on October 15, 1950, in Thyatira, Mississippi; and WHEREAS, after receiving his Bachelor of Arts Degree, immediately followed by his Master of Arts Degree in Social Work, he continued his educational journey by receiving his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Illinois in 1977; and WHEREAS, Raymond Myles worked in private practice for some years, during which he was admitted in 1986 into the U. S. Navy Service School Command Court Marshal Division at Naval Station Great Lakes in Illinois; and WHEREAS, in 1999, he was appointed Associate Judge to the Circuit Court of Cook County by the Illinois Supreme Court; and WHEREAS, In 2009 Judge Myles was assigned to the Criminal Division at 26th and California, where he presided over trials involving misdemeanor offenses and juvenile court hearing matters; and WHEREAS, although Judge Myles was strict with the youth that came into his court, he believed that it was h   Action details Not available
17-3699 1 Dr. Donald Marion PedroConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING THE LIFE AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF DR. DONALD MARION PEDRO WHEREAS, Donald Marion Pedro was born July 7, 1929 in Manhattan, New York to George and Georgie Pedro; and WHEREAS, Donald completed his undergraduate degree in 1951 at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania and graduated from Howard University Medical in 1955; and WHEREAS, While attending medical school Donald met and married Dolores Massey which was blessed with three children; and WHEREAS, Donald M. Pedro, M.D. received an honorable discharge after serving in the U.S. Army in the 82nd Medical Company - 82nd Airborne Division in Ft. Bragg, North Carolina from 1957 until 1959; and WHEREAS, He returned to Illinois and established his practice under the name of The Morgan Park Medical Center; and WHEREAS, Dr. Pedro was a constant and faithful contributor to the Morgan Park Community as well as a supporter of the Jackie Robinson West Little League and its annual parade; the annual Phoebe’s Place Health Fair at the Maple Park United Methodist Church and the Gatling’s Chapel Annual Fest ; and WHEREASapprovePass Action details Not available
17-3700 1 HONORING DEIDRE CLAYTONConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING DEIDRE CLAYTON UPON HER RETIREMENT WHEREAS, Deidre Clayton began her health care career in 1976 at St. Mary of Nazareth Hospital as the Assistant Director of Volunteer Services; and WHEREAS, while in this position she was tapped to coordinate the hospital reception for the visit of Pope John Paul II, and to host her first health fair, which led to the creation of a Junior Volunteer program with more than 150 students from Roberto Clemente High School; and WHEREAS, Deidre Clayton transferred to South Chicago Community Hospital/Trinity Hospital in 1978 as the Director of Community and Volunteer Services; and WHEREAS, As Director, Deidre was responsible there for several initiatives, including working with ABC reporter Dianne Burns to highlight stories on health initiatives at South Chicago Hospital; initiating a speaker’s bureau utilizing physicians to discuss health related topics with church groups, community and business agencies; as well as creating a youth Medical Exploring Post with high school students; and WHEREAS, in 1993 she moved to CapprovePass Action details Not available
17-3738 1 CELEBRATING THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF ANDREA M. BOSSIConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION CELEBRATING THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF ANDREA M. BOSSI WHEREAS, Lindblom Math and Science Academy’s mission is to empower students to become independent thinkers; and WHEREAS, all the students who attend the school should be applauded for their determination to achieve their highest potential; and WHEREAS, Andrea M. Bossi is a senior at Lindblom Math and Science Academy being recognized for her achievements and commitment to becoming an independent thinker; and WHEREAS, Ms. Bossi has attended a two week long program that included camping, mountaineering exploring glacial biodiversity in the Girls on Ice North Cascades Program; and WHEREAS, she attended the Junior Academy of the New York Academy of Science, where she worked with a group of young adults to collaborate on the improvement of STEM programs and create innovative solutions to global issues; and WHEREAS, Andrea M. Bossi is the Secretary of the National Honor Society, a Lindblom Ambassador, a member of the 1000 Girls, 1000 Futures organization and Technolochica of National Center for Women & InformatapprovePass Action details Not available
17-3739 1 CELEBRATING THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF ABISOLA H. OLAWALEConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION CELEBRATING THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF ABISOLA H. OLAWALE WHEREAS, Lindblom Math and Science Academy’s mission is to empower students to become independent thinkers; and WHEREAS, all the students who attend the school should be applauded for their determination to achieve their highest potential; and WHEREAS, Abisola H. Olawale is a senior at Lindblom Math and Science Academy being recognized for her achievements and commitment to becoming an independent thinker; and WHEREAS, Ms. Olawale was a student at MIT Online Science, Technology and Engineering Community (MOSTEC) where she learned how to simplify technical writing for the general public, designed and created Android applications, and created the SOS application which is used during emergency situations; and WHEREAS, Ms. Olawale interned for two summers at the University of Chicago Center for Robust Decision-Making on Climate and Energy Policy, where she learned about climate and crop model predictions, researched and analyzed adaptation to improve crop yield, and presented reports on her analysis of airapprovePass Action details Not available
17-3740 1 CELEBRATE THE ACHIEVEMENT OF FAITH ESPERANZA JONESConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION CELEBRATE THE ACHIEVEMENT OF FAITH ESPERANZA JONES WHEREAS, Lindblom Math and Science Academy’s mission is to empower students to become independent thinkers; and WHEREAS, all the students who attend the school should be applauded for their determination to achieve their highest potential; and WHEREAS, Faith Esperanza Jones is a senior at Lindblom Math and Science Academy being recognized for her achievements and commitment to becoming an independent thinker; and WHEREAS, Ms. Jones participated in the Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES) program of MIT, a residential academic enrichment program focused on developing skills in science and engineering for high school seniors; and WHEREAS, Ms. Jones served as a Pre-Calculus Teachers Apprentice and organized study sessions and taught Lindblom students under the guidance of a teacher; and WHEREAS, Ms. Jones was the Head Mechanical Engineer on Lindblom’s Electric Eagles Robotics Team and competed in the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (F.I.R.S.T.) Robotics CompetapprovePass Action details Not available
17-3931 1 COMMEMORATING UNITY PARK ADVISORY COUNCIL’S 30th ANNIVERSARYConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION COMMEMORATING UNITY PARK ADVISORY COUNCIL’S 30th ANNIVERSARY WHEREAS, in the early 1950s, a fire ravaged the homes on the 2600 block of Kimball Avenue. Following the demolition of the remaining structures, the lot was turned into a parking lot for businesses at the corner of Diversey, Milwaukee and Kimball Avenues. and; WHEREAS, time passed and the nearby businesses shuttered, the lot was no longer needed, becoming an impromptu play area for the neighborhood’s children. and; WHEREAS, in the 1970s, residents demanded the City of Chicago donate a portion of the lot to the Chicago Park District. With community organizing, planning and help from Logan Square Neighborhood Association, the City of Chicago granted these neighbors their request. Playlot 293 was created with just a sandbox and basic play equipment. and; WHEREAS, in 1986, as children flocked to the playlot, parents’ and neighbors’ concerns grew about the concrete being too rough for kids to play on safely, but so too did the need for an actual playground. ;and WHEREAS, during this timeapprovePass Action details Not available
17-4036 1 HONORING GIANNA ARIOLA AND ISABELLA WERNSING FOR THEIR COMMITMENT TO FIGHTING CHILDHOOD CANCERConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING GIANNA ARIOLA AND ISABELLA WERNSING FOR THEIR COMMITMENT TO FIGHTING CHILDHOOD CANCER WHEREAS, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott who, at the age of four, announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer; and WHEREAS, since Alex held that first stand, the foundation bearing her name is now a 501(c)3 charity that has raised more than $140 million toward finding a cure to the disease that took her life; and WHEREAS, in 2013, when she was only five, Gianna Ariola heard about the foundation on television and decided on her own to start a lemonade stand in Elmwood Park and donate every penny to ALSF; and WHEREAS, Gianna, now in River Grove, has just completed her fourth year participating in Lemonade Days, conducted by ALSF and held throughout the country the first two weeks of June each year; and WHEREAS, this year Gianna took on a partner, Isabella Wernsing, who herself had been in the happrovePass Action details Video Video
17-4095 1  Consent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING MOTHER CABRINI ON THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF HER PASSING WHEREAS, in 1850 Francesca Xavier Cabrini was born the thirteenth child to her family in Sant’Angelo Lodigiano, Italy. Her two-month premature birth left her in delicate health most of her life; and WHEREAS, in 1880 Mother Cabrini founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Lodi, Italy; and WHEREAS, in 1889 Pope Leo XIII sent Mother Cabrini to New York City to serve the increasing numbers of Italian immigrants and orphans; and WHEREAS, despite the neighborhood’s extreme poverty, Mother Cabrini and the sisters soon opened an orphanage and within two years opened Columbus Hospital; and WHEREAS, in 1899 Mother Cabrini’s success in New York brought her to Chicago, where she founded and taught at Assumption School, the first Italian school in the city. Mother Cabrini and the sisters worked hard to keep the school tuition free for its nearly 700 students, even if they had to beg for funds; and WHEREAS, in 1905 Mother Cabrini opened Columbus Hospital in Chicago’s LincoapprovePass Action details Not available
17-4295 1 HONORING HIS HOLINESS MAHANT SWAMI MAHARAJConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING HIS HOLINESS MAHANT SWAMI MAHARAJ WHEREAS, the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha is a spiritual, volunteer driven organization dedicated to improving society through individual growth by fostering the Hindu ideals of faith, unity and selfless service; and WHEREAS, the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Bartlett, Illinois was inaugurated by His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj in 2004, the Mandir has served as a center for spirituality, harmony and service for its members and the surrounding community within Illinois; and WHEREAS, for the past thirteen years the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Bartlett has been for thousands of visitors, a center for learning and experiencing Indian culture and Hindu religion and customs; and WHEREAS, His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj appointed His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj as his spiritual successor and the sixth Guru of the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Santha; and WHEREAS, His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj will arrive in the United States of America for the first time as the leader and guru of the BAPS SwaminarayaapprovePass Action details Not available
17-4368 1 ANTHONY J. FORNELLI, IN MEMORIAMConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION ANTHONY J. FORNELLI, IN MEMORIAM WHEREAS, on June 28, 2017, Almighty God in His infinite wisdom called Anthony J. Fornelli from our midst; and WHEREAS, Anthony J. Fornelli was the beloved husband of the late Angela (nee Favia) Fornelli for 59 years; and WHEREAS, the two had five daughters, Jeanine (the late Blake) Hammack, Toni (Michael) Kilgallon, Angela (Salvatore) Galioto, Marguerite (Craig) Pettite, and the late Madelyn Fornelli; and WHEREAS, Anthony J. Fornelli was the loving husband of Guadalupe Cerrillo; and WHEREAS, Anthony J. Fornelli was the loving grandfather of nine and great-grandfather of fifteen; and WHEREAS, Anthony J. Fornelli attended St. Ignatius, Loyola University, and DePaul University Law School; and WHEREAS, Anthony J. Fornelli drove a meat truck to put himself through law school and later became one of the most prominent Italian-Americans in the Chicago area; and WHEREAS, Anthony Fornelli served at every level of Illinois government and leaves behind a legacy of accomplishments; and WHEREAS, Anthony Fornelli approvePass Action details Not available
17-4386 1 HONORING THE LIFE OF ROBERT W. PIERSONConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING THE LIFE OF ROBERT W. PIERSON WHEREAS, Almighty God in His infinite wisdom has called Robert W. Pierson from our midst on June 6, 2017; and WHEREAS, Robert (Bob) Pierson was born on June 18, 1941 in the South Suburbs where Bob resided his entire lifetime; and, WHEREAS, Bob was initiated into IBEW Local 9 on December 1, 1966; and, WHEREAS, due to his dedication and loyalty to Local 9, to the Brotherhood and for the betterment of the IBEW, Bob was appointed as assistant business manager in 1980; and, WHEREAS, Bob’s efforts and tireless labor to improve the lives of IBEW members of Local 9 earned him the respect of labor leaders across Northern Illinois; and, WHEREAS, Bob earned the privilege to serve on the Executive Board of the Chicago Federation of Labor and the Executive Board of the State Conference of IBEW; and, WHEREAS, Bob was appointed to the IBEW International Executive Council by IBEW President Edwin Hill on October 2005; and, WHEREAS, on November 1, 2005 Bob was appointed the Chairman of the International Executive CapprovePass Action details Not available
17-4402 1 DOMINIC STORINO, IN MEMORIAMConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION DOMINIC STORINO, IN MEMORIAM WHEREAS, Almighty God in His infinite wisdom called Dominic “Don” Storino from our midst; and WHEREAS, Don Storino was the beloved husband of the late Mary (nee Hughes); and WHEREAS, Don and Mary were the beloved parents of three children: Donald J. (Patricia), Noreen (Gerry) Moore, and Terri (John) Nuzzo; and WHEREAS, Don Storino was the loving grandfather of Donald, John, Daniel, Timothy, Katie, Matthew, Brian, Anna, Joseph, and Serafina; and WHEREAS, Don Storino was the dear great-grandfather of fourteen; and WHEREAS, Don Storino served in Italy and Africa during World War II, and he received the Bronze Star for his service; and WHEREAS, Don Storino was a fixture in his town of Elmwood Park, serving as Trustee there for more than thirty years and also serving as Mayor; and WHEREAS, Don Storino ran a successful State Farm Insurance business from the 1960s to the time of his passing; and WHEREAS, Don Storino was involved in many charitable groups over the years, including St. Celestine’s Parish and Holy approvePass Action details Not available
17-4407 1 CONGRATULATING CHANG BROTHERS TAEKWONDO ACADEMY FOR THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENTS AT THE 2017 USA TAEKWONDO NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPSConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION CONGRATULATING CHANG BROTHERS TAEKWONDO ACADEMY FOR THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENTS AT THE 2017 USA TAEKWONDO NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS WHEREAS, Chang Brothers Taekwondo Academy (CBTA) was established in 1983 by Grandmaster Ki Jin Chang and his three younger brothers: Ki Oh, Ki Hoon, & Ki Jang; and WHEREAS, Grandmaster Ki Jin Chang first began learning martial arts under his father and then began his Taekwondo training at age eight, and later when he came to America in 1979, he continued his training at various schools. He taught martial arts to hundreds of students at Northern Illinois University before founding Chang Brothers Taekwondo Academy in 1983 in Hanover Park, IL. He went all over the Midwest performing demonstrations and furthering the development of Taekwondo in the United States; and WHEREAS, Grandmaster Chang went on to coach at the state, collegiate, national and even international level. In 1995 he was chosen to be the head coach of the US National team for an international competition; and WHEREAS, Grandmaster Chang helped thousands of children approvePass Action details Not available
17-4431 1 HONORING FATHER DOMINIC GRASSI ON THE OCCASION OF HIS RETIREMENTConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING FATHER DOMINIC GRASSI ON THE OCCASION OF HIS RETIREMENT WHEREAS, Father Dominic Grassi, pastor, teacher, counselor, coach, retreat and vocation director, inspirational speaker, editor, and popular writer said his final mass in June at Saint Gertrude Parish of Chicago. For over eleven years he was a treasured priest and leader of the faith community at St. Gerts, a congregation that under Father Dom made certain that all who came felt welcome. On his watch he made certain that their motto “All Are Welcome” truly became a reality, and WHEREAS, Father Dominic Grassi’s family emigrated from Southern Italy. His father and uncle opened a grocery store, and by the time Dominic was born, they had one of the largest grocery stores in the city. His mother was famous for her extraordinary cooking; and WHEREAS, as a child, Dominic Grassi’s family modeled strong values of multiculturalism decades before the term became commonly used. He grew up as a member of the only Italian family in a neighborhood that was a great melting pot, along the way approvePass Action details Not available
17-4432 1 HONORING THE 100th BIRTHDAY OF JAMES SPROWALConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING THE 100th BIRTHDAY OF JAMES SPROWAL WHEREAS, James Sprowal was born in Greenwood, South Carolina on May 13, 1917, the first born of Frank and Willie Sprowal. Over the next twenty years, Frank and Willie Sprowal presented James with three brothers and four sisters. The family lived on a farm in the south during the Great Depression and segregation; and WHEREAS, James Sprowal grew up and married his beloved Eddie Mae Tucker on December 24, 1941 at the Justice of the Peace and paid $5.00 for the license. James has been quoted as saying that “those five dollars were the best investment I ever made.” The couple were married for over 68 years until Eddie Mae’s death in 2011. Together they raised a wonderful family, two children of their own, three nieces and a nephew: Mrs. Emma Sprowal, Mr. John Sprowal, Rev. Ernie C. Bibbs (Sharon), Angela Y. Fisher, Leticia Fisher, Toni L. Fisher; and WHEREAS, James Sprowal proudly served his country in the military. He was a decorated veteran of the United States army and served in World War II. ThapprovePass Action details Not available
17-4433 1 HONORING PATRICK L. KREIS ON THE OCCASION OF HIS RETIREMENT FROM THE WINNETKA POLICE DEPARTMENTConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING PATRICK L. KREIS ON THE OCCASION OF HIS RETIREMENT FROM THE WINNETKA POLICE DEPARTMENT WHEREAS, Patrick L. Kreis retired from the Winnetka Police Department on June 06, 2017 after over twenty-six years as a law enforcement officer; and WHEREAS, Patrick L. Kreis began his career as a law enforcement officer with the Winnetka Police Department on January 02, 1991; and WHEREAS, Patrick L. Kreis was promoted to the rank of Sergeant on December 08, 1994; and WHEREAS, Patrick L. Kreis attended and graduated from the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command on September 25, 1995; and WHEREAS, Patrick L. Kreis was awarded Police Officer of the Year for 1996; and WHEREAS, Patrick L. Kreis attended and graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy on March 18, 2005; and WHEREAS, Patrick L. Kreis was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on April 20, 2005; and WHEREAS, Patrick L. Kreis was promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief on August 11, 2006; and WHEREAS, Patrick L. Kreis was appointed InterimapprovePass Action details Not available
17-5434 1 CELEBRATING BISHOP JAMES SPRINGFIELD, JR.’S 80TH BIRTHDAYConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION CELEBRATING BISHOP JAMES SPRINGFIELD, JR.’S 80TH BIRTHDAY WHEREAS, Bishop James Springfield was born July 7, 1937 to James and Myria Bee Springfield in Boises, Mississippi, and was the oldest of 10 siblings and; WHEREAS, Bishop James Springfield graduated from Coleman High School Greenville, Mississippi in 1956 and attended senior prom with his wife of 59 years Barbara Evans Springfield, and; WHEREAS, Bishop James Springfield answered the call to the Ministry in 1983, call to pastor January 4th, 1987. He attended Chicago School of Ministries, a subsidiary of Oral Roberts University, Chicago Baptist Institute, International Bible College and Seminary, and he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies July 1, 1998, and; WHEREAS, Bishop James Springfield has been pastoring for 30 years and presently is the pastor of Greater Hope Baptist Ministries in Maywood, Il. He is the Chaplain of Proviso Township Ministerial Alliance, Treasurer Interfaith Illinois, and involved in many other community initiatives. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED,approvePass Action details Not available
17-4435 1 CONGRATULATING PASTOR TOMMY WOOLRIDGE FOR HIS 32ND PASTORAL ANNIVERSARYConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION CONGRATULATING PASTOR TOMMY WOOLRIDGE FOR HIS 32ND PASTORAL ANNIVERSARY WHEREAS, Pastor Tommy Woolridge was born May 2, 1963 in Arkansas, and; WHEREAS, Pastor Tommy Woolridge has been married for 32 years and with his wife they have 3 children, and; WHEREAS, Pastor Tommy Woolridge is a member of the faith based community of the 15th district with the Chicago Police, and; WHEREAS, Pastor Tommy Woolridge is an Associate to the Sheriff’s Department as a Chaplain, and; WHEREAS, Helping Hand Missionary Baptist Church has been established for 61 years, Pastor Tommy Woolridge has been a member for 45 years before becoming pastor for 32 years. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the President and Cook County Board of Commissioners that Pastor Tommy Woolridge is to be honored for his commitment to give back to others, and that the sincere appreciation of the President and the Cook County Board of Commissioners is extended to Pastor Tommy Woolridge for his service to Cook County citizens.approvePass Action details Not available
17-4436 1 RECOGNIZING MICHELLE EVANS ON THE OCCASION OF HER RETIREMENTConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING MICHELLE EVANS ON THE OCCASION OF HER RETIREMENT WHEREAS, Michelle Evans is a graduate of Northern Illinois University class of 1985, and; WHEREAS, Michelle Evans started working in the Cook County Comptroller’s Office July 21, 1987 as a Clerk under Comptroller Thomas Beck, and; WHEREAS, Michelle Evans was promoted to Garnishment Supervisor and has served in that capacity for the last 26 years where she was responsible for Child Support, Bankruptcy, Student Loans, Citations, IRS and State Levies, and; WHEREAS, Michelle Evans received the Cook County Employee of the Year award from President Richard Phelan in 1994, and; WHEREAS, Michelle Evans served under seven Comptrollers and three Interim Comptrollers during her years of service, and; WHEREAS, Michelle Evans is currently working on an electronic filing system for all bankruptcy payments that are submitted to the trustees in order to cut back on paper checks. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the President and Cook County Board of Commissioners to commend Michelle Evans foapprovePass Action details Not available
17-4437 1 RECOGNIZING BRENETTA HOWELL BARRETT FOR HER 85TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING BRENETTA HOWELL BARRETT FOR HER 85TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION WHEREAS, Brenetta Howell Barrett was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She is a mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great great grandmother and a surrogate mother to many, and; WHEREAS, Brenetta Howell Barrett worked in many capacities, paid and unpaid, to promote the causes of human/civil rights and civil liberties, and; WHEREAS, Brenetta Howell Barrett served as an advisor, officer, or board member for a broad range of organizations and institutions, such as Third Unitarian Church of Chicago, Third World Conference Foundation, Chicago Focus, Path Press, Introspect Youth Services, Chicago Forum, Illinois Chapter, American Civil Liberties Union, and the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, and; WHEREAS, Brenetta Howell Barrett previously served as Vice President, and has been a board member of the Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights for over three decades, and; WHEREAS, Mayor Harold Washington appointed her Commissioner of the DepartmentapprovePass Action details Not available
17-4438 1 HONORING THE KEYSTONE FOUNDERS SOCIETY OF PRESENCE SAINT FRANCIS HOSPITAL ON REACHING THEIR GOAL TO RAISE FUNDS FOR THE SHEILA M. AND ROBERT L. HULSEMAN CENTER FOR CANCER CAREConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING THE KEYSTONE FOUNDERS SOCIETY OF PRESENCE SAINT FRANCIS HOSPITAL ON REACHING THEIR GOAL TO RAISE FUNDS FOR THE SHEILA M. AND ROBERT L. HULSEMAN CENTER FOR CANCER CARE WHEREAS Presence Saint Francis Hospital is a nationally recognized, full-service teaching hospital and named one of Chicago’s Best Hospitals; and WHEREAS, the Keystone Founders Society of Presence Saint Francis Hospital is comprised of donors who support the hospital with annual gifts of $1,000 or more. Since 1988 the Keystone Founders Society has contributed more than 3.4 million dollars. Past projects include breast screenings for low-income women, providing an oncology nurse navigator to shepherd patients throughout their cancer journey and dedicating a sleeping room for family members with a critically ill patient; and WHEREAS in April of 2017, the Presence Saint Francis Hospital Keystone Founders Society reached their goal of fundraising $500,000 to fund improvements to the hospital’s cancer center. With help from an anonymous $250,000 matching challenge, the Keystone approvePass Action details Not available
17-4440 1 CONGRATULATING THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF MEXICAN ART (NMMA) ON ITS 30TH ANNIVERSARYConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION CONGRATULATING THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF MEXICAN ART (NMMA) ON ITS 30TH ANNIVERSARY WHEREAS, In 1982, Carlos Tortolero organized a group of fellow educators and founded the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, which opened its doors in 1987; and WHEREAS, the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum aimed to fill a void in Chicago: the lack of a place to present Mexican art and history and to celebrate the culture so vital to the Pilsen neighborhood, Chicago's Mexican community, and the city at large; and WHEREAS, the goal was to establish an arts and cultural organization committed to accessibility, education and social justice all while also providing a positive influence for the local Mexican community, especially since many other art institutions did not address Mexican art; and WHEREAS, over the years, the institution has grown, its audience has broadened, and its reach now extends across the United States and beyond; and WHEREAS, to support this evolution, in 2001, the museum expanded to a 48,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility in the heart of PapprovePass Action details Not available
17-4441 1 HONORING THE LIFE AND WORK OF WILLIAM “BILL” DREWConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING THE LIFE AND WORK OF WILLIAM “BILL” DREW WHEREAS, Almighty God in His infinite wisdom called William “Bill” Drew of Waukegan from our midst on May 14, 2017 at the age of 69; and WHEREAS, Bill Drew contributed an enormous amount to his community of McKinley Park and the greater southwest side of Chicago, where he lived, loved, organized, and nurtured the community for the past 38 years; and WHEREAS, Bill Drew has touched the lives of hundreds of individuals throughout his longstanding fight for justice and social change; during his college days, he was involved in the anti-war movement at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; and WHEREAS, in 1972, Bill Drew moved to Milwaukee where he became the editor of the Milwaukee Worker, where he organized and wrote stories about the struggles of the factory workers and minorities in the Cream City; and WHEREAS, Bill Drew moved to Chicago in 1979 where he taught English as a second language to Mexican immigrants at Robert Fulton Elementary in the Back of the Yards, and where he also worked as an approvePass Action details Not available
17-4442 1 HONORING EDWARD W. PAESELConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING EDWARD W. PAESEL WHEREAS, in 2016 Edward W. Paesel retired as the executive director of South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association; and WHEREAS, Mr. Paesel has served as executive director of the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association for the past seventeen years and served his home community of Sauk Village, Illinois for twenty-two years as mayor; and WHEREAS, Mr. Paesel has promoted cooperation and regional pride with mayors and managers throughout the Southland of Cook County. The work of the SSMA under Ed Paesel was cited as exemplary in a 2013 Brookings Institution book “Confronting Suburban Poverty in America;” and WHEREAS, Mr. Paesel has served on the boards of Metra, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning(CMAP) and as a Commissioner for the Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission; and WHEREAS, Mr. Paesel, despite his retirement continues his work in Cook County’s Southland communities; and WHEREAS, the Cook County Board of Commissioners welcomes Kristi DeLaurentiis as the new director of the SSMMA. Ms. approvePass Action details Not available
17-4443 1 HONORING PROFESSOR LEWIS POWELL, ESQ.Consent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING PROFESSOR LEWIS POWELL, ESQ. WHEREAS, Professor Lewis Powell, Esq. has made significant contributions to the African American community and to the citizens of Cook County and in recognition of his long-term service and leadership at the Chicago Bar Association and numerous other civic and community organizations; and WHEREAS, Mr. Powell has taught as an adjunct professor at The John Marshall Law School Fair Housing Clinic for over twenty years; and WHEREAS, Mr. Powell was elected President of the Cook County Bar Association in 1994 and has held various positions at the bar association over the past twenty years; and WHEREAS, Mr. Powell has served as the Corporate Counsel for the Austin African American Business Association and is a current board member of the Cook County Legal Assistance Foundation, Inc.; and WHEREAS, Mr. Powell has been awarded The Cook County Bar Association Centennial Presidential Award and The John Marshall Law School Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that PresidenapprovePass Action details Not available
17-4444 1 HONORING THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF HOWARD AREA COMMUNNITY CENTERConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF HOWARD AREA COMMUNNITY CENTER WHEREAS, Howard Area Community Center is a social service agency that provides affordable and free education, employment, and health assistance and programs for the greater Rogers Park area. Their mission is to assist low-income individuals and families in the greater Rogers Park and adjacent communities to stabilize their lives and to develop the social skills necessary to become effective community members. In order to accomplish this mission, the agency’s programs provide emergency intervention, family stabilization, and promote developmental growth. Many of their services are life-sustaining; and WHEREAS, Howard Area Community Center began as a food pantry in 1967 when parishioners from St. Jerome Roman Catholic Church in Rogers Park saw their neighbors living in poverty. They organized to give out food and clothing to lend a helping hand. Since then, the organization has grown exponentially into a major force for good in Cook County. They still feed thousands every year, but now they oapprovePass Action details Not available
17-4445 1  Consent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING KRISTA ALSTON WHEREAS on July 9, 2017, Reverend Krista Alston celebrated her second anniversary as Pastor of Pleasant Gift Missionary Baptist Church; and WHEREAS Reverend Alston is a spiritual leader who serves both the church and her community; and WHEREAS Reverend Alston is a strong advocate on social justice issues, particularly as they pertain to the education of the children; and WHEREAS Reverend Alston fought the closing of fifty schools in Chicago in 2013 locally and by advocating for our children with senators and congressmen in Washington, D.C.; and WHEREAS Reverend Alston is currently the secretary the Local School Council at Dunbar High School, where her son attends. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the President and the Cook County Board of Commissioners, on behalf of the residents of Cook County, recognize Pastor Krista Alston for her essential contribution to the health and viability of Cook County.approvePass Action details Not available
17-4446 1  Consent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING DR. CONRAD WORRILL WHEREAS Dr. Conrad Worrill will retire from the Northeastern Illinois University Center for Inner City Studies on December 31, 2017; and WHEREAS Dr. Worrill developed his thirst for activism while experiencing prejudice and racism as a young athlete and while serving his country as an Army soldier; and WHEREAS after returning home from his tour of duty in 1963, Dr. Worrill became a leader in the Civil Rights Movement, as a member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Throughout his career he has participated in organizations such as, the National Black United Front, the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America and the U.N. World Conference Against Racism; and WHEREAS Dr. Worrill has dedicated his career to addressing political, social, economic, and cultural forces that impact African Americans. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the President and the Cook County Board of Commissioners, on behalf of the residents of Cook County, recognize Dr. Conrad Worrill for his local, national andapprovePass Action details Not available
17-4448 1 HONORING THE REDEDICATION OF EBENEZER PRIMM TOWERS IN EVANSTON, AND HONORING THE LEGACY OF REVEREND JACOB S. BLAKEConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING THE REDEDICATION OF EBENEZER PRIMM TOWERS IN EVANSTON, AND HONORING THE LEGACY OF REVEREND JACOB S. BLAKE WHEREAS, Ebenezer Primm Towers was the first church sponsored federally funded housing project in a major suburban area. It will be rededicated on Sunday, July 30, 2017. At its rededication, the community will honor the Reverend Jacob S. Blake’s pivotal role in making Ebenezer Primm Towers a reality and the powerful legacy of Reverend Blake and Ebenezer AME Church; and WHEREAS, for decades, prior to arriving in Evanston, Reverend Blake was a leader and a major force for good in the region battling profound injustices, such as redlining, housing discrimination, education inequity and busing. In Evanston, in addition to so many other issues, he worked tirelessly to establish affordable housing for the senior citizens in Evanston, where rents were rising rapidly. The result was the establishment of Ebenezer Primm Towers, which has a proud history that is a reflection of Reverend Blake and his intense determination and strong leadership; anapprovePass Action details Not available
17-4449 1  Consent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING PROFESSOR LEWIS “LEW” MYERS , Jr. WHEREAS, Professor Lewis "Lew" Myers, Jr. has made significant contributions to the African American community and citizens of Cook County; and WHEREAS after completing his high school education in his hometown of Houston, Texas, Professor Myers, entered Tennessee State University in Nashville where he joined the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (S.N.C.C.) Chapter on the Campus. He would eventually transfer from Tennessee State University to Howard University (Washington, D.C.) where he earned his degree; and WHEREAS, Professor Myers, earned his law degree from the University of Mississippi in 1972; and WHEREAS, Professor Myers has dedicated his life to tackling issues within the criminal justice system and its affect on young African American men and women; and WHEREAS, in 2000, Professor Myers changed his litigation focus from a predominately criminal practice to personal injury and civil rights cases; and WHEREAS, Professor Myers has served on many national and local organizationsapprovePass Action details Not available
17-4450 1 HONORING THE LIFE OF EDWARD CHARLES REINFRANCK, EDUCATOR, POLITICAL LEADER, MORAL COMPASS AND STAR SOFTBALL PLAYERConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING THE LIFE OF EDWARD CHARLES REINFRANCK, EDUCATOR, POLITICAL LEADER, MORAL COMPASS AND STAR SOFTBALL PLAYER WHEREAS, Edward Charles Reinfranck passed away on June 21, 2017 at age 98; and WHEREAS, Ed Reinfranck was a beloved World War II veteran; and WHEREAS, Ed Reinfranck was a highly respected professor at Wright Junior College for thirty seven years where he guided hundreds of students; and WHEREAS, Ed Reinfranck served as State President of Common Cause and as President of the Democratic Party of Evanston where he was the moral compass for multiple generations of activists; and WHEREAS, Ed Reinfranck and his wife Phyllis welcomed thousands of people to their home for spirited discussions and action planning on the issue of the day; and WHEREAS, Ed Reinfranck was one of the oldest players in a variety of softball leagues, often playing better than his much younger teammates; and WHEREAS, Ed and Phyllis moved to Evanston in 1960 to raise their four sons, Stephen, Peter, Thomas and James; and WHEREAS, Ed and Phyllis helped moapprovePass Action details Not available