Cook County Commissioner Sean Morrison was a popular man in the press this month. Here is a roundup of recent articles:
Column: Jussie Smollett sentence shows justice system still believes in personal responsibility
Smollett’s defenders, who include prominent figures who have fought for social justice and civil rights, harm their own credibility by refusing to acknowledge the seriousness of Smollett’s actions.
Actions have consequences. I side with those who feel the punishment for Smollett is appropriate.
“Kim Foxx could have accepted the facts and outcome of this case and taken responsibility for her role in this embarrassing saga,” Cook County Commissioner Sean Morrison of Palos Park said in a statement. “Instead, she chose to double-down with her latest delusional public response to the Smollett sentencing.”
Watchdog: ‘It’s concerning that the unilateral decision of a single person can have such a profound impact’
A Park Ridge watchdog organization is asking if Cook County’s emergency COVID orders mandating vaccinations for those attending public spaces were implemented by Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle without ever being formally ratified.
“Section 38-31 of the Code of Ordinances requires President Toni Preckwinkle and the Board of Commissioners to appoint a chief executive officer who is qualified as either a public health administrator or as a medical health officer,” Julie Donatelli, spokesperson for Freedom Park Ridge, told North Cook News. “The CEO of the Cook County Department of Public Health was Dr. Terry Mason until he was fired by Toni Preckwinkle in April 2020. Dr. Kiran Joshi and Dr. Rachel Rubin subsequently took Dr. Mason’s place as 'co-leads' and continue to serve in that capacity. Shouldn’t the emergency order have come from them instead of Toni Preckwinkle since it’s only the department’s CEO who is authorized to adopt emergency regulations?"
Seventeenth District Cook County Commissioner Sean Morrison first called out the disparity, saying that Preckwinkle made the unilateral decision to implement the new COVID mandate for Cook County and that "the Cook County Board of Commissioners played no role in this decision.” He added that he inquired about the decision with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. Morrison’s concern on the topic came as Preckwinkle instituted mandates such as mandatory proof-of-vaccination for those in public settings—across the county back in January.
Morrison: Pritzker gas tax ‘Another monstrosity thrown onto the backs of Illinois taxpayers’
Cook County Commissioner Sean Morrison is bashing Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s 2019 gas hike in the wake of exorbitant gas prices amid the Ukraine invasion.
“It’s the same story every time the state government raises taxes," Morrison, who also serves as Cook County Republican Party chairman, told Chicago City Wire. "They claim the state lacks the revenues to administer programs, services, and cover general costs. Revenue is not the problem in Illinois. Spending and fiscal mismanagement has been the long-term problem for our state government. Governor Pritzker came into office and has continued the ‘Tax and Spend’ philosophy which has crippled our state’s finances.”