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Deborah Sims

Democratic candidate for Cook County Board (5th District district)

Deborah Sims

Deborah Sims

Democratic candidate for Cook County Board (5th District district)

2 years of College
Cook County Commissioner
Past Political/Civic Experience
I have been elected for 23 years

Responses to our questions

In preparing future budgets, Cook County may face rising costs and static revenues. How should county government evolve? What specific finance strategy will you encourage for producing balanced budgets? Please be decisive.

I believe we should look at everything, It is hard to say what will work because the county has union contracts, suits and legal settlements ,unfunded mandates from the states in this climate it is hard to make budget strategies

If faced in budget debates with cutting the county's payroll or raising taxes, which one will you choose, and why? Please be decisive.

I would look at reducing payroll by attrition and not filling open positions before raising taxes.

Do you favor or oppose privatization of county services and downsizing of the county's workforce?

I oppose privatization unless it shows a real benefit to the county.

The relative stability of the county health system has reduced the costs to taxpayers. How can the county now stabilize the finances of the public safety and court systems?

Cook County has gradually reduced the cost to public safety by doing many reforms such as not holding people in jail for minor offenses this reduces the jail population and for some minor changes such as small amounts of marijuana and petty theft charges.

What is the role of the County Board in accelerating criminal defendants' time to trial and otherwise speeding up the flow of court cases? What if any changes do you propose for defendants' pre-trial release and electronic monitoring?

I don't believe you can accelerate time because everyone in entitled to due process by law

Do you favor or oppose contracting with municipalities or other public bodies to take over services now provided by the county's highway department, the forest preserve police, and other county-run offices? Please be specific.

I don't think we should take over these services, I believe we should assist where necessary and help find other alternatives, taking over should be Cook County last resort

Do you believe unincorporated areas of Cook County are paying their share for services provided by the county? What if any changes do you propose?

No, they are not paying there share relative to some of the services being provided, President Preckwinkle put a committee together to look at unincorporated areas to be incorporated into municipalities to incorporate unincorporated areas but was successful because infrastructure cost.

What specific changes, if any, do you advocate for Cook County's property assessment system? Do you favor or oppose creation of an office of tax administration to combine functions now performed by several offices?

Currently the board has authorized a study to determine the cause and reasons for the disproportionate taxation of properties in Cook County, I will wait for the results of that study which I believe will provide insight as well as viable recommendations to correct the errors in the system that creates inequities in our real estate property tax

For incumbents: During your current term, on what proposed ordinances have you been the primary sponsor? For challengers: What proposed ordinances would you introduce?

Sponsored ordinances on Workforce Sexual Harassment, Creating a minimum wage in cook county, Disposal of pharmaceuticals, Social innovation for Job creation workforce development entrepreneurship community revitalization and industrial development,

Candidates for Cook County Board (5th District district)