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Meeting Name: Board of Commissioners Agenda status: Final
Meeting date/time: 11/13/2018 9:00 AM Minutes status: Draft  
Meeting location: Cook County Building, Board Room, 118 North Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois
Consent Calendar Meeting
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Attachments: To comment on an item at this meeting, click here, 11-13-2018 Consent Calendar Agenda - Second Set.pdf, 11-13-2018 Consent Calendar Agenda - Third Set.pdf
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18-6748 1 HONORING AND RECOGNIZING THE GREATER CHICAGO FOOD DEPOSITORYConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING AND RECOGNIZING THE GREATER CHICAGO FOOD DEPOSITORY WHEREAS, Hunger remains a pervasive problem in the United States, specifically in Illinois, more than 1.4 million people struggle with hunger and, of them, 459,330 are children; and WHEREAS, according to Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap Study, one in seven people in Cook County will experience food insecurity this year; and WHEREAS, among other not-for-profit organizations in Cook County, the Greater Chicago Food Depository has been integral in leading the fight against hunger since 1979, serving more than 812,000 individuals or 232,100 households each year throughout Cook County; and WHEREAS, the Greater Chicago Food Depository’s only mission is to provide food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community; and WHEREAS, last year, the Food Depository distributed 70 million pounds of food, 38 percent which was fresh produce through its partnerships with 700 agencies and programs including pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and responses for children, older adults an   Not available Not available
18-6780 1 IN HONOR OF PONNI ARUNKUMAR, MD, FCAP, CHIEF MEDICAL EXAMINERConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION IN HONOR OF PONNI ARUNKUMAR, MD, FCAP, CHIEF MEDICAL EXAMINER WHEREAS, on July 1, 2003, Dr. Ponni Arunkumar was hired as a Fellow Pathologist and subsequently became an Assistant Medical Examiner; and WHEREAS, in September 2012, Dr. Arunkumar became the Deputy Chief Medical Examiner for Cook County; and WHEREAS, on July 13, 2016, Dr. Arunkumar was appointed the Chief Medical Examiner for Cook County; and WHEREAS, Dr. Ponni Arunkumar graduated from Bangalore Medical School, in India. She is Board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and in Forensic Pathology. She has 15 years of forensic pathology experience, has conducted close to 6,500 postmortem examinations, and testified in court and depositions over 150 times. She teaches at RUSH University, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Northwestern University. She has presented at various national conferences and published articles in the field of forensic pathology. She is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the National Association of Medical Examiners, the College of    Not available Not available
18-6523 1 CELEBRATING THE 80TH ANNIVERSARY OF SHINNICK’S PUBConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION CELEBRATING THE 80TH ANNIVERSARY OF SHINNICK’S PUB WHEREAS on October 20, 2018 Shinnick’s Pub is celebrating its 80th Anniversary, and WHEREAS George Sr. & Mary (Healy) Shinnick took over a bar in 1938 at the corner of 3758 S. Union Ave in Chicago which would become Shinnick’s Pub, and WHEREAS the building that the pub resides in was constructed in the late 1880's and the ornate mahogany Brunswick-Balke-Collender back bar was built on-site at the same time, and WHEREAS after World War II and throughout the 1950’s the pub became a popular place for local residents to gather and enjoy food and drinks in a friendly environment, and WHEREAS in 1966 George Jr. & Celine (Dougherty) became the next owners of Shinnick’s Pub, and WHEREAS George and Celine gave birth to 9 wonderful children, and WHEREAS over the years those nine children would become the respected neighborhood pub’s bartenders and in 1989 they inherited Shinnick’s Pub, and WHEREAS in October of 2005 Shinnick’s Pub hosted some its largest crowds to watch the neighborhood’s favo   Not available Not available
18-6953 1  Consent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION CONGRATULATING THOMAS A. JACONETTY ON HIS RETIREMENT FROM COOK COUNTY GOVERNMENT WHEREAS, Thomas A. Jaconetty will be retiring on November 30, 2018, after spending the last thirty-eight years as a dedicated Cook County employee; and WHEREAS, from 1981-2010 Thomas Jaconetty worked for the Cook County Board of Review in a variety of positions, and from 2010-2018 he worked at the Cook County Assessor’s Office as Deputy Assessor of Valuation and Appeals; and WHEREAS, Thomas Jaconetty published nineteen articles on real property taxation/valuation and assessment administration in professional journals and was co-author of the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, State and Local Taxation Handbook since 1991; and WHEREAS, Thomas Jaconetty has made more than 150 appearances as a presenter, moderator, or teacher at professional conferences and seminars in more than thirty cities across the U.S. and Canada; and WHEREAS, Thomas Jaconetty has been instrumental as a member of a wealth of committees, commissions, and task forces, including the I   Not available Not available
18-6597 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 17, 2018, Woori Taekwondo and Hapkido Academy is sponsoring its 6th 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 and will be testing on his 7th Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo. Elizabeth Stack and Keysean Bonds will be testing for their 4th Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo. Grand Master Kwan Pil Kim , Master Basia Pudysz, Master Hyo Myeong Choi, Master    Not available Not available
18-6955 1 Ronald C. Smith Consent ResolutionConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION COMMEMORATING THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF RONALD C. SMITH WHEREAS, Ronald C. Smith, Professor Emeritus at The John Marshall Law School, U.S. Navy veteran, public servant, criminal and constitutional law scholar, and a leader in his profession, died at the age of 84 leaving behind family, countless friends, and a community enriched for having known him; and WHEREAS, Ronald C. Smith was born in Chicago on December 9, 1933. He graduated from Fenwick High School in Oak Park in 1951 and received a B.S. in the Humanities from Loyola University in Chicago in 1955; and WHEREAS, Ronald C. Smith served his country from 1956-1962 as a naval helicopter pilot and personnel officer. He left active duty to enter law school but remained a naval reservist until retiring as a Lt. Commander in 1977. While in the Navy, Ron, a “seadog” with bright red hair, acquired the nickname “Red Dog,” a name that followed him for the rest of his life; and WHEREAS, after graduating from Loyola Law School in 1965, Ronald C. Smith clerked for Justice John V. McCor   Not available Not available
18-6978 1 HONORING COOK COUNTY ASSESSOR JOSEPH BERRIOSConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING COOK COUNTY ASSESSOR JOSEPH BERRIOS WHEREAS, Joseph Berrios is concluding his tenure as Cook County Assessor to the residents of Cook County on November 30, 2018; and WHEREAS, Joseph Berrios was born in Chicago on Valentine’s Day, 1952 and is one of seven children; and WHEREAS, Joseph Berrios, at the age of six, moved with his family to a public housing high-rise in Cabrini-Green; and WHEREAS, Joseph Berrios is an alumni of Lane Tech High School and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in accounting from the University of Illinois; and WHEREAS, Joseph Berrios lives on Chicago’s northwest side and is the father of three children and has three grandchildren; and WHEREAS, Joseph Berrios’ life of public service began in 1982 when he was the first Hispanic-American elected to serve in the Illinois General Assembly; and WHEREAS, Joseph Berrios served taxpayers at the Cook County Board of Review for 30 years and was elected Commissioner in 1988; and WHEREAS, Joseph Berrios was elected Cook County Assessor in 2010 and re-elected in 2014; and W   Not available Not available
18-6979 1 HONORING COOK COUNTY CLERK DAVID ORRConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING COOK COUNTY CLERK DAVID ORR WHEREAS, David Orr is concluding his tenure as Cook County Clerk on November 30, 2018 after 28 outstanding years of public service to the residents of Cook County; and WHEREAS, Clerk Orr has been a progressive voice in Chicago politics for more than 35 years, starting with his aldermanic career of the 49th Ward in City of Chicago in 1979; and WHEREAS, in 1987, Clerk Orr became Mayor of the City of Chicago after the sudden passing of then Mayor Harold Washington; and WHEREAS, in 1990, Clerk Orr was elected to office of Cook County Clerk, an office responsible for one of the largest election districts in the United States; and WHEREAS, throughout his career, Clerk Orr has ushered in a Voter Renaissance in Illinois making voter registration and voting easier and more accessible statewide; and WHEREAS, Clerk Orr led the fight to implement the Motor Voter law in Illinois as well as introduced Early Voting legislation that now allows voters in Illinois to cast their ballots two weeks prior to an election; and   Not available Not available
18-6970 1 HONORING CRYSTAL BARNES AND ARK PRODUCTIONS FOR CREATING THE LAW OF MOISES FEATURE FILMConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING CRYSTAL BARNES AND ARK PRODUCTIONS FOR CREATING THE LAW OF MOISES FEATURE FILM WHEREAS, Crystal Barnes received her Bachelor of the Arts in Theater and Communications from Temple University, and is Master of Fine Arts Candidate at Rutgers University; and WHEREAS, Crystal completed her master’s degree in Non-Profit Management at Spertus College, but taught herself the business of entertainment, social media and film marketing; and WHEREAS, Crystal started Ark Productions 15 years ago to create works that inspire, motivate and change, and to provide women an opportunity to use their craft and advocate for careers that will transform perspectives and culture; and WHEREAS, Ark Productions has Chicago-specific production goals to use local talent and vendors to bring in revenue that support local businesses primarily on the south and west sides of Chicago; and WHEREAS, Ark Productions exists to create films in which people of color and differently-abled people have the opportunity to be in the spotlight where they might otherwise only be an a   Not available Not available
18-6971 1 HONORING GREATER AUBURN-GRESHAM DEVELOPMENT CORPORATIONConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING GREATER AUBURN-GRESHAM DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION WHEREAS, since 2001, Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation has provided comprehensive community development services to Auburn Gresham and surrounding communities to improve the quality of life for south side residents in Chicago; and WHEREAS, Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation focuses its efforts on five pillars: Economic Development, Housing and Senior Services, Education and Youth Development, Health and Wellness, and Community Engagement; and WHEREAS, Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation has been providing free income tax preparation services since 2004, serving more than 15,000 clients and bringing back more than $20 million in refunds to low-income residents; and WHEREAS, Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation created and has grown the 79th Street Renaissance Festival into an iconic, multi-day community event with family fun for all ages; and WHEREAS, Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation provides free minor home repairs for senior ci   Not available Not available
18-6987 1 HONORING JERALYN HARRIS 50TH BIRTHDAYConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING JERALYN HARRIS 50TH BIRTHDAY WHEREAS, Ms. Jeralyn Harris was born November 3, 1968 in Springfield MA; and WHEREAS, Jeralyn spent her formal childhood years in Springfield MA as well as Baltimore, MD; and WHEREAS, Jeralyn was selected valedictorian from her high school and was voted most likely to succeed. In addition at 19 years of age Jeralyn was featured on the Phil Donahue Show for a program she founded to help stop teenage pregnancy; and WHEREAS, Jeralyn graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a degree in English Education. She has later completed two additional masters degrees as is currently in the process of completing her doctorate degree; and WHEREAS, For over 28 years Mrs. Harris has dedicated herself to the development of youth through education, spiritual development, and exposure to worlds beyond their norm; and WHEREAS, She has served as Principal of Chicago Westside Christian School and teacher in the North Lawndale Community for 21 years where she has educated and uplifted thousands of individuals and families in Cook Co   Not available Not available
18-6988 1 HONORING MEN OF OMEGA PSI PHI FRATERNITYConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING THE DISTINGUISHED MEN OF OMEGA PSI PHI FRATERNITY INC. FOR THEIR FOUNDER’S DAY CELEBRATION WHEREAS, On the evening of November 17, 1911, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity was founded inside the Science Building (later renamed Thirkield Hall) at Howard University located in Washington, D.C. The founders were three undergraduates -- Edgar Amos Love, Oscar James Cooper and Frank Coleman. Joining them was their faculty adviser, Ernest Everett Just; and WHEREAS, from the initials of the Greek phrase meaning, "friendship is essential to the soul”. The name Omega Psi Phi was derived. That phrase was selected as the motto; and WHEREAS, The Cardinal Principles of Omega Psi Phi are Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance and Uplift; and WHEREAS, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. is the first international fraternal organization founded on the campus of a historically black college; and WHEREAS, Notable members include Michael Jordan, Langston Hughes, Percy Julian, Tom Joyner, L Douglas Wilder, and Cook County’s own Robert B. Steele, Dennis Deer and John Roberson   Not available Not available
18-6967 1 Honoring John DakajosConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING JOHN DAKAJOS WHEREAS, John Dakajos followed in his father’s footsteps, taking over the business that’s been in their family for over 50 years; and WHEREAS, John has 7 McDonalds located through Chicago’s south side and suburbs and has been active in all of the communities they are located in; and WHEREAS, John has and continues to be very involved with the school and other organizations in all of those communities including Alsip and Oak Lawn by doing fund raisers, school orders, sponsoring schools and youth athletics, and donations to community events; and WHEREAS, John has donated over $30,000 in cash and food this year alone and over many years has averaged over $25,000 in such donations; and WHEREAS, John has received numerous awards of the years from McDonald’s including the QSC (Quality, Service, Cleanliness) award that recognizes high level of operations, the Comp Sales Awards and Guest Count Increases recognizing sales increases and guest count increases, the Outstanding Execution Award for improving and maintaining high levels of   Not available Not available
18-7002 1 ELNORA OVERTON ATHALONEConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION CONGRATULATING ELNORA OVERTON ATHALONE ON THE OCCASION OF HER 100TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION WHEREAS, The members of the Cook County Board of Commissioners are proud to congratulate Elnora Overton Athalone, an esteemed Cook County resident on the occasion of the celebration of her 100th birthday on November 9, 2018; and WHEREAS, Elnora Overton Athalone was born in Tunica County, Mississippi on November 9, 1918; and WHEREAS, Ms. Athalone comes from a very close knit and loving family as the middle child of Sam and Willie Overton where she was raised in the church; and WHEREAS, Elnora Overton Athalone is the proud and loving mother to seven children, one son and six daughters; and WHEREAS, In December of 1938, Elnora Overton married Henry Athalone and they enjoyed 56 years of marriage together until his death in March of 1995; and WHEREAS, In 1952, Elnora and her family moved to the South Side of Chicago. This was during the period of The Great Migration and Elnora helped numerous family members by opening up her own home to help them get their new   Not available Not available
18-7012 1 DANIEL JOSEPH LITTON - EAGLE SCOUTConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING DANIEL JOSEPH LITTON FOR ACHIEVING THE RANK OF EAGLE SCOUT WHEREAS, The Cook County Board of Commissioners is pleased to recognize outstanding achievement and dedication; and WHEREAS, In August 1911, The Boy Scouts of America established the rank of Eagle Scout which is the highest title that can be attained by a Boy Scout; and WHEREAS, In order to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout, a Scout must first earn at least 21 merit badges and demonstrate Scout Spirit through community service and leadership, including an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads and manages; and WHEREAS, Daniel Joseph Litton, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout with Troop 1373 of Palos Hills where he has earned a total of 32 merit badges. Daniel has spent ten years in the scouting program and has served in numerous leadership capacities which include Patrol Leader, Assistant Patrol Leader, Librarian, Chaplain’s Aide and Troop Guide; and WHEREAS, Scouting has provided numerous community service opportunities for Daniel to participate in such    Not available Not available
18-6986 1 Resolution Honoring Thomas J. RossConsent Calendar ResolutionPROPOSED RESOLUTION A RESOLUTION HONORING THOMAS J. ROSS ON THE OCCASION OF HIS RETIREMENT FROM PACE WHEREAS, Thomas J. Ross will retire on November 30, 2018 from Pace. Pace is the suburban bus and regional paratransit division of the Regional Transportation Authority in the Chicago metropolitan area that serves tens of thousands of daily riders and 284 municipalities. For over twenty years TJ Ross has diligently served the citizens of Cook County and further has the distinction of not missing a single Pace Board Meeting during his tenure; and WHEREAS, Thomas J. Ross began his service to Pace Suburban Bus in 1998 as the Executive Director; and WHEREAS, Executive Director Ross’s leadership was instrumental in the I-90 Market Expansion Program, the largest service expansion in Pace history which included the State of Illinois’s first inline (on highway) bus station; and WHEREAS, Executive Director Ross brought bike racks to Pace buses and oversaw the conversion of Pace's fixed route fleet to accessible low-floor vehicles; and WHEREAS, Executive Director Ross intr   Not available Not available