Morrison hosts fundraiser for supporters

Morrison hosts fundraiser for supporters

Morrison hosts fundraiser for supporters

Cook County Commissioner Sean Morrison hosted a fundraiser for his supporters and colleagues on Thursday May 18. Among those attending to show support for Morrison were Orland Hills Mayor Kyle Hastings, Orland Fire Protection District Fire Chief Mike Schofield, his predecessor former County Commissioner Elizabeth “Liz” Doody Gorman, and School District 230 Chairman Rick Nogal

By Ray Hanania

Ray HananiaCommunity leaders, activists and residents came out in support of Cook County Board Commissioner Sean Morrison on Thursday May 18, 2017 at Gatto’s restaurant in Orland Park.

Morrison, who succeeded the popular anti-tax predecessor Elizabeth “Liz” Doody Gorman representing the 17th District on July 22, 2015, has been a vocal critic of the punitive countywide sales tax increase on sugared soft drinks.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle was forced to cast a tie breaking vote on Nov. 10, 2016 to pass her penny an ounce tax hike on colas and sugary drinks inside Cook County. Preckwinkle asserts the new tax, which takes effect in July 2017, will raise $240 million for the county, but critics charge the tax is punitive and will drive consumers to make purchases in neighboring suburbs like Will County.

“I voted against the soda pop tax because I think taxpayers have been burdened too much by taxes,” Morrison told supporters. “There are other ways to protect our county services without resorting to more taxation.”

Former Cook County Commissioner Elizabeth "Liz" Doody Gorman and Cook County Commissioner Sean Morrison, May 18, 2017. Photo courtesy of Ray Hanania

Former Cook County Commissioner Elizabeth “Liz” Doody Gorman and Cook County Commissioner Sean Morrison, May 18, 2017. Photo courtesy of Ray Hanania

Morrison posted an extensive list of the consumer drink products that will be impacted by the one cent per ounce added sales tax.

“I respect him for standing up and fighting this tax,” one attendee said. “The county needs to stop increasing taxes and find ways to better manage services with what they already collect.”

The county collects more than $5 billion each year from taxpayers.

Among attendees at the event include Gorman who praised Morrison as someone who embraced the district’s tradition of standing up for taxpayers.

Orland Hills Mayor Kyle Hastings with newly elected Tinley Park Trustee Cynthia Berg and Orland Fire Protection District Trustee Craig Schmidt . Photo courtesy of Ray Hanania

Orland Hills Mayor Kyle Hastings with newly elected Tinley Park Trustee Cynthia Berg and Orland Fire Protection District Trustee Craig Schmidt . Photo courtesy of Ray Hanania

“No one better understands the pressures on homeowners and taxpayers than Sean and I was proud to see him take my place at the Cook County Board,” said Gorman who led the fight to repeal the burdensome 1 cent sales tax proposed by Preckwinkle’s predecessor Todd Stroger.

“The sales tax was regressive and I know that Sean will fight for taxpayers rights against the soda tax, too.”

Also attending was Orland Hills Mayor Kyle Hastings who has been actively involved in the southwest suburban region’s fight against excessive tax increases, and Rich Nogal the president of High School District 230 which includes Sandburg High school, Stagg High school and Andrew High school, and District 230 Trustee Tony Serratore.

Nogal, who has been praised for the increased student achievement at District 230, joined the School Board in 2011. He served as a community volunteer on the Student Services Committee for four years prior to being elected to the School Board. He also served on the Palos Community Consolidated Board of Education (District 118) from 2003 until 2011, including two years as President. He was Chairman of the Board of Directors at Palos Community Hospital from 2000 to 2010. He is a business litigation attorney with Goldstine, Skrodzki, Russian, Nemec and Hoff, Ltd.

Sean Morrison banner

Sean Morrison banner

Also attending were Craig Schmidt, newly elected trustee of the Orland Fire Protection District, OFPD Fire Chief Mike Schofield, Tinley Park Trustee Cynthia Berg, a nurse at Bloom Trail High School in Chicago Heights, and former Orland Park Trustee and former METRA Board Chairman Brad O’Halloran.

“It’s good to be around friends and more importantly to have the support of the residents of the 17th County District,” Morrison said.

Morrison was appointed Cook County Commissioner of the 17th District on July 22, 2015, to serve out the unexpired term of former commissioner Elizabeth “Liz” Doody Gorman who stepped down to accept a position in the private sector.  He brings an extensive business background to the county board and has made fiscal responsibility and innovative reform key pillars of his agenda.

Commissioner Morrison currently serves on the Cook County Board’s Criminal Justice Committee, Finance Committee, Health & Hospital Committee, Homeland Security and Emergency Management Committee, Legislation and Intergovernmental Relations Committee, Roads & Bridges Committee and the Zoning & Building Committee.

Orland Fire Protection District Fire Chief Mike Schofield, former Orland Park Trustee Brad O'Halloran, and Tinley Park Trustee Cynthia Berg. Photo courtesy of Ray Hanania

Orland Fire Protection District Fire Chief Mike Schofield, former Orland Park Trustee Brad O’Halloran, and Tinley Park Trustee Cynthia Berg. Photo courtesy of Ray Hanania

Commissioner Morrison also serves as a member of the Cook County Forest Preserve District Board where he sits on the Finance Committee, Legislation and Intergovernmental Relations Committee and the Real Estate Committee.

Sean Morrison is the CEO and Founder of Morrison Security Corporation, Morrison Security Group & Morrison Investigations, Inc. Sean has been in the Security Industry since 1986, spending 7 years in the Corporate Retail Loss Prevention field as a District Loss Prevention Manager for two major Retail Establishments with average sales exceeding two billion dollars annually.

Sean has been an owner/partner in the Private Security Industry since 1993, holding the positions of Director of Operations, Vice President of Operations, and President of a Private Security Firm. In 1999, he became the sole owner of Morrison Security. Sean attended Moraine Valley College where he majored in Business and Accounting.

Tinley Park Trustee Berg, her two adult children are lifelong residents of Tinley Park. As a child, she attended elementary and middle school in Kirby School District 140. Following her early childhood education, she was in the first graduating class at Andrew High School. After graduating from high school, she continued her educational endeavors, enrolling at Lewis University in Romeoville, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Trustee Berg’s career in healthcare has included a variety of diverse experiences and settings, including management roles. Her specialty was providing leadership in the operating room, which encompassed the majority of her 31 years of experience as a registered nurse. She also volunteered in Guatemala and the Dominican Republic assisting in surgeries in some of the most poverty-stricken areas.

Ray Hanania

Ray Hanania is an award winning columnist, author and former Chicago City Hall reporter (1976-1992).

He is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club Lisagor Awards, the 2009 Sigma Delta Chi Award for journalism, and was named Best Ethnic American Columnist by the New America Media in 2007.

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Hanania writes a weekly syndicated column for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia and is the managing editor of the American Arab online news website, www.TheArabDailyNews.com.

His mainstream columns are published in Chicago's Southwest Side and Suburbs in The Regional News, The Reporter Newspapers, the Southwest News-Herald and the Des Plaines Valley News.

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