“I expected to find a lot of inefficiency and a lot of inappropriate behavior, and we’ve found it,” said new Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle with a laugh, speaking of her first 100 days in office. “I don’t know what to say. Am I surprised? No. I haven’t been surprised. But it is a little discouraging.”
Preckwinkle spoke with Eight Forty–Eight’s Alison Cuddy on Monday about the recent investigations into the forest preserve facilities in Lyons, IL, as well as the future of Oak Forest Hospital that has been scheduled to close.
Preckwinkle took over for former Board President Todd Stroger in December 2010. A recent Cook County Inspector General’s report alleges that during Stroger’s administration, employees of the Lyons facility stole money, had sex at work and provided alcohol to minors.
To combat these issues, Preckwinkle cited new leadership that her administration has brought in, specifically new General Superintendent Arnold Randall, to fight concerns with how it was being managed. She pointed to specifics such as the termination of several summer employees, as well as changes in the cash management system….”