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17th District, Cook County Commissioner Sean Morrison proposes financial remedy for local governments who face revenue shortfall from delayed second installment of property taxes

April 1, 2022 - A very real financial crisis could soon hit every government taxing body in Cook County. That’s because the Cook County Assessor’s Office could delay the second installment of the Cook County Real Estate Taxes up to six months and possibly into the first quarter of 2023. This delay in over $16 billion dollars in second half bills will force local government bodies to either draw down their reserves or borrow money with interest. This will have a massive financial impact on our municipalities, school districts, fire protection districts, police departments, park districts, public libraries, and everything in between.

Over seven months ago during county budget hearings, I raised the alarm of the likelihood of late tax installments and the effect they will have regarding the delay in the process of property tax certifications – due to the dramatically diminished amount of files being processed at that time. Aside from communications from Board of Review Commissioner Tammy Wendt’s office, my questions and communications were largely ignored from the various stakeholders.

Subsequently, I sent a letter in January 2022 requesting a special hearing of the finance committee to address this ominous issue. I was advised via letter, the issue is being addressed by a policy group under the Office of the President along with members of the Assessor’s office, Board of Review, County Clerk and Treasurer’s Office. I received no other actionable response on this item!

I, along with the public, have now learned via “the news media” that tax bills will be delayed up to six months or more. If these news reports are accurate, this will lead to local government taxing bodies across Cook County being forced to borrow funds to cover their pre-budgeted operating costs.

If this financial catastrophe occurs and Cook County is faced with a substantial delay in the release of tax revenues to local government bodies, then Cook County government should consider stepping in to address this issue.

Until such point in time as those stakeholders whose primary function is to provide for the on-time delivery of our property tax bill correct this problem, I have one immediate solution. Cook County government should consider setting aside up to $100 million dollars to provide for no/low interest short-term financing loans to our local taxing bodies.

I re-issue my call to convene a special finance committee meeting to address the looming financial crisis facing our local taxing bodies in Cook County.



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Commissioner Sean Morrison calls for end to Cook County's COVID Mandate & Restrictions

Orland Park, IL - Cook County Commissioner Sean Morrison sent a letter to President Toni Preckwinkle calling for an end to the Cook County COVID Mandate & Restrictions - following the letter from Chicago’s five Catholic High Schools urging Mayor Lightfoot to modify the Chicago’s COVID restrictions on schools and children.

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STATUS UPDATE: Cook County COVID Mandate & Restrictions

(1/6/22) – I would like to provide a brief status update today as it relates to the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) COVID Mitigation Order 2021-11 (Mandate) which went into effect on January 3, 2022.
My district office has received numerous constituent inquiries and complaints regarding this recent Cook County COVID Mitigation Order over the last 10 days, especially its impact on young children. I'm pleased to announce that the CCDPH revised its original order and lifted the minimum age requirement from 5 years old to 19 years old for recreational facilities. I can only assume public outcry led to this revision.
To reiterate, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle made the unilateral decision to implement the new COVID Mandate for Cook County. The Cook County Board of Commissioners played no role in this decision.
As a result of this unilateral action, I have made an inquiry this afternoon to the Cook County State's Attorney's Office and to the Legal Counsel to the President with the following question:
Does the Cook County Board of Commissioners have the legal authority to reject the emergency regulations set forth in Mitigation Order 2021-11 by the Cook County Department of Public Health, as referenced in Cook County’s Code of Ordinances Sec. 38-37 which states:
“The Department is authorized to issue rules and regulations in carrying out its duties under this article. With the exception of emergency regulations, all regulations of the Department shall be submitted to the Board for approval prior to becoming effective. Upon a determination that the public's health will be endangered unless immediate regulatory action is taken, the Chief Executive Officer may adopt and enforce emergency regulations of the Department which shall remain in effect until the Board has adopted or rejected the emergency regulations or for a period of 90 days, whichever is shorter. All regulations adopted by the Department shall be filed with the County Clerk and shall be available at the main offices of the Department.”
I look forward to receiving a timely response on this important legal question regarding the authority of the Board of Commissioners as it relates to mandated public health regulations by the CCDPH.
I remain convinced that this order is bad public policy which hurts our county's residents. I do not support government interference by mandating forced vaccination upon private sector businesses and their employees.
I do encourage you to continue taking additional health precautions and maintain safeguards that limit your exposure to COVID-19.
Commissioner Sean M. Morrison
17th District, Cook County


Orland Park, IL (12/23/21) - Today, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced an overly aggressive order placed upon private sector business and employees in Cook County. I strongly oppose this approach as technically written/read, the order from Cook County's Department of Public Health (CCDPH), an office under the President of the Board Toni Preckwinkle, places a burdensome mandate on all private sector businesses to force vaccinations of all employees in order to maintain their employment.

I find this to be an overreach of authority and a policy approach which several courts have already ruled against. It will very likely have a hurtful economic impact on our county's residents. It will dramatically affect their employment and their ability to provide for their families. It will add an additionally hurtful blow for many businesses to remain open and functionable at a time when so many businesses have been devastated and continue to struggle to recover and stay afloat. This is bad public policy.
I am personally vaccinated, recovered from COVID post-vaccination, and I continue to advocate for all healthy and able adults to get vaccinated. If private sector business wish to institute a vaccination policy for their own business that is their right. However, I do not support government interference by mandating forced vaccination upon private sector businesses and their employees. For those that are not vaccinated, whether by personal choice or medically unable due to co-morbidity, I encourage you to take additional precautions and maintain safeguards that limit your exposure.
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May 13, 2021

Orland Park, IL – At today’s Cook County Board Meeting, Commissioner Sean Morrison was honored (and surprised) to be the only county board member who spoke up in recognition and support of National Police Week. Here are Commissioner Morrison’s remarks from today’s meeting:

“I wanted to take this time to recognize National Police Week and the contributions made by generations of law enforcement from around the country.

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as National Peace Officers Day and the calendar week in which May 15th falls as National Police Week.

It’s important that all residents understand and recognize the duties, responsibilities, and commitment of law enforcement and their duty to serve the people by safeguarding life and property, protecting them against violence and disorder, and preserving rights and providing security to all residents.

We honor the valor, service, and dedication of all Police Officers, and I humbly salute the service of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. The courage of these fallen heroes is unmatched.

We should take note… that last year, was the deadliest on record for police officers in 50 years… and 2021 is likely to be even worse.

More police officers have been shot & killed in the first 5 months of 2021 than in all of 2020 & 2019. We must protect those who protect our communities.

I now stand, and I call upon my colleagues and all elected officials to stand up and support our nation’s law enforcement officers at a time when they so desperately need our support.”


May 3, 2021

This week is National Small Business Week. We know that our small businesses, locally and nationally, have struggled during the past year due to the pandemic. Cook County has worked closely with our regional small business community every step of the way to aid the response and recovery plan to rebuild stronger. Stay tuned to Cook County’s social media channels for events and programming during the week and show your support by pledging to buy from a small business in your community that week and post on social with #smallbusinessweek hashtag.

For more information on Cook County’s response and support for small businesses, visit


April 27, 2021

BREAKING: Registration for the #RestaurantRevitalizationFund will begin Friday at 9am and the application period will start on Monday, May 3 at 12pm ET. The online application will remain open to any eligible establishment until all funds are exhausted. Visit the SBA website portal to register:


April 26, 2021

Cook County Health will be welcoming walk-ins at all of its mass vaccination sites beginning Monday, April 26. The Tinley Park and Matteson sites first opened for walk-ins on April 21.

Beginning April 26, all Cook County Health mass vaccination sites will be open from 8:30AM-5:00PM* Monday through Saturday for walk-ins.

– Tinley Park, 18451 Convention Center Drive (Moderna, age 18+)

– Matteson, 4647 Promenade Way (Pfizer, age 16+)

– River Grove- Triton College, 2000 5th Avenue (Pfizer, age 16+)

– South Holland- South Suburban College, 15800 State Street (Pfizer, age 16+)

– Des Plaines, 1155 E Oakton Street (Pfizer, age 16+)

– Forest Park, 7630 West Roosevelt Road (Pfizer, age 16+)

Individuals or groups who are interested in getting a vaccine can simply show up and register onsite.

The Pfizer vaccine is the only vaccine currently approved for 16 and 17 year olds. As such, it is important for these individuals to walk-in or make an appointment at a Pfizer site. Individuals age 16 and 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Individuals can still make appointments at or by calling 833-308-1988, Monday – Friday from 7AM – 10PM and Saturday from 8AM – 10PM.

* Hours of sites are subject to change. Visit for updated hours of operation.

** Cook County Health’s mobile vaccination site in Summit will continue to offer walk-in availability however it is generally limited to individuals in the surrounding communities: Summit, McCook, Hodgkins, Justice, Bridgeview and Chicago Ridge.


April 26, 2021

For more information and registration details, visit

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