Community Conversations

Community conversations: Communication between county officials and the public

In recent months there have been concerns and frustrations expressed that the Cook County Board of Commissioners and county administrator do not respond directly to questions during public meetings. Though the commissioners and administrator often address topics from the public comment period at the end of meetings, a lack of direct communication between the county board, administrator and the public continues to be a recurring theme brought up in commissioner meetings.

On Thursday, Dec. 7, WTIP offered the opportunity to open the lines of direct communication.

In this program, WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs talks with the Board Chair of the Cook County Commissioners Jan Sivertson and County Administrator Jeff Cadwell about the county’s 2018 budget, a proposed levy of 17.46 percent and the flow of communication between elected officials, county staff and the public.