Cook Co. ‘out-D.C.-ing’ D.C., part IV

In Parts I, II, and III, I talked about the appalling nature of these two ordinances, especially the “Safe Streets/Weapons Registration Ordinance,” introduced by Commissioner Beavers. Part IV is probably the most important of this series, because this one is a call to action. Whether you live in Cook County or not, please keep their phones/FAX lines/email service busy.

By the way, it would seem that they tried to sneak this past without the public’s knowledge. At the very bottom of the text of the bill, you’ll see the following:

In accordance with Cook County Code Section 2-108(z)(1) Amendment or suspension of rules, Commissioner Suffredin, seconded by Commissioner Collins, moved to suspend Section 2-108(h)(1) Prior notice to public; agendas. The motion carried unanimously.

In accordance with Cook County Code Section 2-108(z)(1) Amendment or suspension of rules, Commissioner Suffredin, seconded by Commissioner Collins, moved to suspend Section 2-108(g)(1) Order of business. The motion carried unanimously.

What does that mean? Let’s see.

First, a motion was passed to suspend the rule that the public be notified of this ordinance proposal….(h) Prior notice to public; agendas .
(1) No less than three full business days before any meeting of the Board or of a committee or subcommittee, notice and an agenda for such meeting shall be provided to the President, all Commissioners and all news media that have requested notice of meetings, shall be posted in the Office of the County Clerk and at the location where the meeting is to be held, and shall be made available to the public in the office of the Secretary. In addition, notices and agendas of all meetings shall be posted on the County’s website.

Second, a motion was passed to suspend the rule that the board meeting proceed on a standard plan of events….
(g) Order of business.
(1) At each regular meeting of the Board, the order of business (unless otherwise directed by the Board) is as follows:
a. Approval and correction of minutes of previous meetings.
b. Old business.
c. New business.
d. Consent calendar.
e. Committee reports:
1. The first section of the committee report as set forth in Section 2-105(h) of this division.
2. The second section of the committee report as set forth in Section 2-105(h) of this division.

The only reason to suspend the first section of rules is to avoid the public knowing about what’s going on, until it’s too late. I’m not as sure about what the other suspension of rules does, but I suspect it’s meant to help them fast-track this abomination. Their attempted secrecy indicates that they know full well that what they intend to do is deeply offensive to the public.

It’s up to us all to let them know that their perfidious skulking in the shadows has failed. In communicating with the commissioners, tell them of your strong opposition to Commissioner Beavers’ “Safe Streets/Weapons Registration Ordinance.” If you’re feeling ambitious, ask them to oppose Commissioner Suffredin’s “Deadly Weapons Ordinance,” as well.

District 1
Earlean Collins
Phone: 312/603-4566
Fax: 312/603-3696
ecollins@cookcountygov.com

District 2
Robert Steele
Phone: 312/603-3019
Fax: 312/603-4055
rsteele@cookcountygov.com

District 3
Jerry “Iceman” Butler
Phone: 312/603-6391
Fax: 312/603-5671
jbutler@cookcountygov.com

District 4
William M. Beavers
Phone: 312/603-6398
Fax: 312/603-4678
wbeavers@cookcountygov.com

District 5
Deborah Sims
Phone: 312/603-6381
Fax: 312/603-2583
dsims@cookcountygov.com

District 6
Joan Patricia Murphy
Phone: 312/603-4216
Fax: 312/603-3693
jpmurphy@cookcountygov.com

District 7
Joseph Mario Moreno
Phone: 312/603-5443
Fax: 312/603-3759
jmoreno@cookcountygov.com

District 8
Robert Maldonado
Phone: 312/603-6386
Fax: 312/443-9531
rmaldonado@cookcountygov.com

District 9
Peter N. Silvestri
Phone: 312/603-4393
Fax: 312/443-1154
cookcty9@aol.com

District 10
Mike Quigley
Phone: 312/603-4210
Fax: 312/603-3695
commquigley@aol.com

District 11
John P. Daley
Phone: 312/603-4400
Fax: 312/603-6688
jdaley@cookcountygov.com

District 12
Forrest Claypool
Phone: 312/603-6380
Fax: 312/603-1265
fclaypool@cookcountygov.com

District 13
Larry Suffredin
Phone: 312/603-6383
Fax: 312/603-3622
lsuffredin@cookcountygov.com

District 14
Gregg Goslin
Phone: 312/603-4932
Fax: 312/603-3686
commissionergoslin@cookcountygov.com

District 15
Timothy O. Schneider
Phone: 312/603-6388
toschneider@cookcountygov.com

District 16
Anthony J. Peraica
Phone: 312/603-6384
Fax: 312/603-4744
ajperaica@cookcountygov.com

District 17
Elizabeth Ann Doody Gorman
Phone: 312/603-4215
Fax: 312/603-2014
eadgorman@cookcountygov.com

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4 Responses to “Cook Co. ‘out-D.C.-ing’ D.C., part IV”

  1. opaww Says:

    This all sounds to much like an attempt to institute a socialist government.

  2. Mr. Oblivious Says:

    Socialists?!? These guys are fascists. Every one of them. Cowards, too.

    Every day I want to leave this pathetic state more and more.

  3. opaww Says:

    Move here to kentucky we are still a state of freedom for a while longer

  4. Mr. Oblivious Says:

    opaww, if I wasn’t stuck here (at least for the time being), I would.

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