Eddie Johnson III
Democratic candidate for Cook County Board (2nd District district)
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.
County Government should evolve by creating revenue and generating revenue. Some creating strategies can be by leasing forest preserve land, create opportunities for residents to become homeowners and proitizing the delivery of county services. Increasing the number of homeowners will stimulate the county budget, by generating additional property tax dollars.
If faced in budget debates with cutting the county's payroll or raising taxes, which one will you choose, and why? Please be decisive.
Neither. Layoffs and raising taxes shouldn't be the first option to balance the budget. The primary issue of county budget deficits and other local government budget deficits are the lack of annual revenue being generate from property taxes. I believe "Enact Comprenesive Property Tax Reform " and curbing wasteful spending habits by eliminating county government subsides.
Do you favor or oppose privatization of county services and downsizing of the county's workforce?
I don't support privatization any county services or downsizing the county's workforce.
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?
The county can stabilize the finances of public safety and the court systems by continue to decreasing overcrowding at the Cook County Jail. Millions of dollars are used to house detainees and paid for vital services such as Mental Health and Health Care Services at county facilities for long periods of time usually for non-violent or misdemonor offenses. The court systems can improve its finances by provide more services electronically and accelerating criminal defendants' time to trial and speeding up the flow of court cases. With the improvements in the county court systems and addressing the overcrowding at County jail it will not only stabilize the finances of public safety and court systems, it will also provide additional dollars for much needed public safety services.
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?
The role of the County Board is to propose common senses legislation and introduce ordinances for local municipalities that will relieve the strain of services at County Jail and County court systems. I propose that more defendants' pre-trail release and electronic monitoring be expend to defendants who are unable to post bail in non-violent, juvenile, and some misdemeanor cases. County Board role should also be to work closer with local municipalities law enforcement agency to ensure proper training for law enforcement officers that prohibits wrongful or unnecessary arrest. The current practice of local law enforcement officers just arresting individual as result of arriving at a crime scene or reporting to potential crime scene puts a heavy burden on the County court systems and County budget.
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 do favor
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?
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?
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For incumbents: During your current term, on what proposed ordinances have you been the primary sponsor? For challengers: What proposed ordinances would you introduce?