CHICAGO | The Cook County Board has given its approval to a series of restructurings of previously approved contracts for various services.
Those deals will result in more money being received by the companies doing business with county government. But officials say it does not mean the county will pay more, because it involves agencies such as the county sheriff and clerk of the courts falling under the existing contract rather than negotiating their own deals for services.
The contracts involved include a deal with Genuine Parts Co., of Naperville, which was to receive $700,000 for providing vehicle and equipment parts and services, but will now receive $1.86 million for its services.
Another involves W.W. Grainger Inc., of Lake Forest, which will go from $2.8 million to $5.37 million for maintenance, repair and operational supplies for homeland security and emergency management agencies.
Commissioner Earlean Collins, D-Chicago, was skeptical of the new deals. But other County Board members said they understood how it made sense to have more of county government covered by single contracts.
“It’s the same amount of money, but it’s just coming from different (county government) pockets,” said Commissioner Joan Patricia Murphy, D-Crestwood, whose district includes much of the area along the Illinois-Indiana border.
In other matters, the County Board gave its approval to four resolutions involving now-shuttered gas stations with underground storage tanks remaining. Among the sites is a former station at 403 W. 138th St., in Riverdale.
County Highway Superintendent John Yonan said there is no evidence of any toxins leaking from the tanks, but the resolutions specify who is responsible for any environmental cleanup should it become necessary. “These (resolutions) keep the issue on our radar screen,” Yonan said.
The board also referred for more study a resolution that, if approved, would grant a Class 8 property tax break to a tract of land at 555 Burnham Ave. in Calumet City.
The site is vacant, and Chicago Title and Trust Co. says it has a potential buyer who would redevelop the site if the tax break is approved. A Class 8 tax break has the potential to reduce by more than half the property taxes that would be paid over the next 12 years.
The resolution to be reviewed promises that reoccupancy would create at least 50 new full-time jobs, 10 part-time jobs and 20 construction jobs.