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Commissioner Gorman sponsors resolution to place referendum on county ballot regarding mental health funding in Illinois

July 21, 2014

0 CommentsChicago, IL – Commissioner Elizabeth “Liz” Doody Gorman has sponsored a resolution asking to place a referendum on the Cook County ballot regarding mental health funding in Illinois. The resolution will be presented for approval at the upcoming Cook County Board of Commissioners meeting to be held this week on Wednesday, July 23.  If passed, the referendum question will appear before Cook County voters on the November 4, 2014 ballot.

The resolution calls for the following question to be placed before Cook County voters in November, and it reads:  “Shall the General Assembly of the State of Illinois appropriate additional funds to provide necessary mental health services for the people of the State of Illinois?”

One in five Illinois residents experiences a diagnosable mental disorder every year. Mental illness affects people regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion or economic status.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Health Illness, Illinois ranked fourth in the nation in terms of cutting mental health programs, with $187 million in cuts between 2009 and 2012.  Half of Chicago’s 12 mental health care facilities have been closed by the state.

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart estimates that 25%-30% of the Cook County Jail population is suffering from mental illness and Cook County Jail is viewed as the largest mental health facility in the United States. Also, a study conducted by the University of Chicago suggests that the majority of youth involved with the criminal justice system experience at least one psychiatric disorder. 

“Mental health is an issue that touches across all spectrums of our community.  It’s important that we not lose sight of the significant impact state funding cuts have had at the local levels.  It’s time for Springfield to get its financial priorities in order but not at the expense of those people who are most in need, especially in the area of mental health care,” said Commissioner Gorman.

The resolution has the support of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle (as a co-sponsor) as well as the bipartisan support of eight fellow commissioners who have also signed on as co-sponsors. In addition, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart and Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez have submitted letters of support for the resolution.

President Preckwinkle and members of the Board of Commissioners recognize the significance of mental illness in Cook County and believe that more needs to be done to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and additional resources to heighten awareness of and treatment for mental illness should be provided.

Commissioner Elizabeth “Liz” Doody Gorman, Republican from Orland Park, represents Cook County’s suburban 17th District. She has been a strong advocate for tax reform, fiscal responsibility, and budget and operational efficiencies. Commissioner Gorman has also worked hard for greater transparency throughout Cook County government and for making the Forest Preserve District a national leader in the areas of recreation, restoration and conservation.

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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 cookcountysmallbiz.org/
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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 Countys 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 https://cookcountysmallbiz.org/

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🚨 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: https://restaurants.sba.gov/requests/borrower/login/?next=/

COOK COUNTY HEALTH EXPANDING WALK-IN VACCINE AVAILABILITY

April 24, 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 vaccine.cookcountyil.gov or by calling 833-308-1988, Monday – Friday from 7AM – 10PM and Saturday from 8AM - 10PM.

* Hours of sites are subject to change. Visit cookcountyhealth.org/covid19-vaccine-sites/ 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.
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COOK COUNTY HEALTH EXPANDING WALK-IN VACCINE AVAILABILITY

April 24, 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 vaccine.cookcountyil.gov or by calling 833-308-1988, Monday – Friday from 7AM – 10PM and Saturday from 8AM - 10PM.

* Hours of sites are subject to change. Visit https://cookcountyhealth.org/covid19-vaccine-sites/ 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.
For more information and registration details, visit https://www.cookcountyil.gov/content/register-webinar-our-manufacturing-consierge-and-nasa
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