Lawrence Suffredin

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Larry Suffredin

b. October 5, 1947

Cook County, 13th District Commissioner (2002-)
Cook County, Evanston Township Democratic Committeeman (2006-2008)

Originally from the West Cook Suburbs, today's Cook County Commissioner from Evanston started his career as a Cook County Assistant State's Attorney, before launching his own private practice, eventually joining Shefsky & Froelich (now Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP) as an attorney and Illinois Legislature lobbyist.

A regular member of the Evanston Democrats, Suffredin was an early supporter of Jan Schakowsky's 1998 campaign for U.S. Congress to replace Sidney Yates. Schakowsky's victory that year, as well as a number of other politicians who called themselves Team Jan, gave Suffredin a strong base of political support.

Then, in 2002 Suffredin ran against Cal Sutker for Cook County Commissioner. Sutker, who was also Niles Township Democrat Committeeman, had badly lost a race for Cook County Board President to John Stroger in 1998, weakening his position. Suffredin won the election, in a year of a number of independent upsets for Cook County Board, including Forrest Claypool's win.

For a brief period Suffredin served as Evanston Township Democratic Committeeman, taking the role after Jeanne Cleveland Bernstein was elected a Cook County Circuit Judge, and could no longer have a political affiliation. He stepped down in 2010 and was succeed by then-State Sen. Jeffrey Schoenberg.

During John Stroger's tenure as Board President, and then that of his son Todd Stroger, Suffredin was a regular thorn in their side, calling for reduced taxes, patronage reductions and smaller government. With a reputation as a progressive leader, Suffredin ran for Cook County State's Attorney in 2008 after Richard Devine's retirement announcement. The five-way race did not treat Suffredin well, as failed to gain much traction beyond North Suburban and lakefront voters, losing to Anita Alvarez.

Suffredin has joined Toni Preckwinkle's on some major initiatives since her election as Board President in 2010, including the charge to reform the Cook County Hospitals. The two parted ways on the 2015 increase in the sales tax. Suffredin voted against, saying it was well-intentioned, but bad public policy to use sales tax revenue to contribute to pensions. Suffredin voted in 2008 to increase the sales tax under Todd Stroger, saying it was necessary to fund operations.


  • 1965, Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary
  • 1969, Loyola University, B.A.
  • 1972, Georgetown University, J.D.

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