When the sensitive question of merging the Cook County recorder of deeds office into that of the county clerk came up Tuesday, another peculiar footnote was added to the county's long history of political oddities.
Somehow, the board was just one commissioner shy of a quorum. So there could be no vote. Hmmm.
The Cook County Building
The question of merging the two offices came up Tuesday before the Finance Committee, which is a committee of the whole. That means all 17 county commissioners are supposed to show up. But just eight came. Nine are needed for a quorum.
Commissioner John Fritchey wants to put the question to the voters via referendum in November. He thinks it could save taxpayers $1 million a year. He says the county's tech people assure him the two different offices' computer systems could be blended just fine. But he can't get the question onto the ballot if the County Board doesn't OK it.