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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

Commissioner Sean Morrison's Statement on PRESIDENT PRECKWINKLE'S NEW COVID RESTRICTIONS FOR 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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COMMISSIONER SEAN MORRISON IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE ADDITIONAL COVID VACCINATION OPPORTUNITIES FOR RESIDENTS

April 21, 2021

CHICAGO, IL — The Cook County Department of Public Health has announced that all individuals ages 16+ can now register online for a vaccination appointment at vaccine.cookcountyil.gov. Cook County has two Vaccination Mega Centers located in the suburban 17th District:


Tinley Park Convention Center

18451 Convention Center Drive

Tinley Park, IL 60477


Des Plaines Vaccination Center

(Formerly Kmart Store)

1155 E. Oakton Street

Des Plaines, IL 60018

COOK COUNTY WILL NOW OFFER WALK-IN REGISTRATIONS: Today through Saturday, Cook County will pilot a walk-in strategy by opening our Tinley Park (Moderna) and Matteson (Pfizer) sites for walk-ins. Walk-ins will be welcome from 8:30AM – 5:00PM today and Thursday. Individuals or groups who are interested in getting a vaccine can simply show up with photo ID and register onsite. Next week, Cook County will pilot evening walk-in hours at some of our sites to accommodate workers unable to get to a daytime appointment. More details about this will be announced later this week.

For the latest COVID-19 vaccination information in Cook County, and to make an appointment to be vaccinated, visit: https://cookcountypublichealth.org/.

COMMISSIONER MORRISON VISITS SAGAWAU ENVIRONMENTAL LEARNING CENTER IN LEMONT FOR EARTH DAY

April 20, 2021

Lemont, IL – Commissioner Sean Morrison was pleased to joined several of his board colleagues and staff from the Forest Preserve District of Cook County today for an Earth Day press conference at the Sagawau Environmental Learning Center in Lemont. Earth Day was a great opportunity to showcase the terrific amenities the Cook County Forest Preserves have to offer. In light of the pandemic, there is no better time for people to get outside and into the fresh clean air of our forest preserves to exercise and enjoy the experiences of nature right here in Cook County.

Please visit www.fpdcc.com to learn more about the Cook County Forest Preserves and why its one of the very best in the nation.

SUBURBAN COOK COUNTY TO EXPAND TO PHASE 1b+ COVID VACCINATION ON MARCH 22, 2021

March 18, 2021

COMMISSIONER SEAN MORRISON’S STATEMENT ON GOVERNOR PRITZKER SIGNING HOUSE BILL 3653

February 25, 2021

This week, we witnessed Governor Pritzker sign into law HB 2653, a massive criminal justice reform bill. This 700 page bill was quickly passed during the state legislature’s Lame Duck session in January. A piece of legislation of this size and magnitude deserved a much more transparent and open public review process which the Illinois General Assembly and Governor Pritzker did not provide. Instead, they rammed the bill through at 4:00am in the morning while the public was asleep in bed to avoid any kind of scrutiny. I stand with the Illinois Law Enforcement Coalition in opposition to this new law.

While shootings, murders and car jackings skyrocket in Chicago this one-sided criminal justice reform law, championed by State’s Attorney Kim Foxx and other notable elected officials, clearly favors criminals over law-abiding residents and police officers. This new law is very likely to have a negative impact on public safety in Cook County and across our state.

Will this new law make our communities safer? I do not believe it will. It makes the job of police officers significantly more difficult. It weakens proactive policing measures and will put police officers in a defensive posture. It makes the ability of criminals to exploit or sidestep law enforcement that much easier. It also weakens protections for crime victims. Ultimately, it will not make our communities safer.

By signing this bill, Governor Pritzker clearly showed his anti-police bias, and he put the interests of criminals and criminal behavior ahead of preserving the safety of Illinois residents and communities.

Commissioner Sean M. Morrison

17th District – Cook County

SAVE THE DATE! Sean Morrison’s “St. Patrick’s Day Celebration” Fundraiser on March 16

February 11, 2021
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