The Cook County Health and Hospitals System is providing a greater share of free care in the county, while other hospitals provide less.
Commissioners were surprised to learn their health system board had brought in a national consultant to fix a longstanding money issue.
The county-owned health system is moving its clinic for the poor and uninsured, but plans for the sprawling campus are still unclear.
High-dollar police settlements, suspicious death probes and marijuana could come up when Chicago and Cook County pols meet Wednesday.
The county board funded a job to investigate sexual harassment last fall in light of the national #MeToo movement.
Cook County leaders might have to brace for more painful cuts, less than a year after hundreds of layoffs.