Suffredin- Changing County Government  
 

Accountability
Forest Preserves
Public Safety
Cook County Budget
Forest Pres. Budget
Property Tax Appeal
Health & Hospitals
Land Bank Authority
Policy Resolutions
Unsung Heroine

 

   
 
   
   
 
   
     
  Office phone numbers:  
   
 
 

The Cook County Code of Ordinances are the current laws of Cook County.

   
 

Search current and proposed Cook County Legislation in Larry's exclusive legislative library.

   
  Eighteen of the 20 largest banks in the world and more than 50 foreign banks have offices in Cook County.
   
     
     
     



Preckwinkle warns of budget cuts

Friday, November 19, 2010
Chicago Tribune
by Hal Dardick

Cook County Board President-elect Toni Preckwinkle on Thursday warned top county officials that they will need to make major spending cuts next year to help the county close a vast budget gap.

The estimated revenue shortfall tops $480 million because of the partial rollback of the controversial county sales-tax increase, the anticipated costs of new contracts for employees, and higher debt payments, she said. This week's $55.3 million settlement of a lawsuit related to jail strip searches also contributed, she added.

Preckwinkle said she had a lunch meeting with Sheriff Tom Dart, Cook County Circuit Clerk Dorothy Brown and other countywide elected officials "to talk about how desperate our situation is and how we need their help and support."

The meeting was "somber," said Cook County Clerk David Orr. "Making these types of additional cuts is going to be painful."

Steve Patterson, Dart's spokesman, noted the sheriff is under court order to provide certain levels of staffing at the county's massive jail, but said Dart would work with Preckwinkle.

Preckwinkle, who takes office early next month, said she doesn't expect to have a budget in place much before the deadline of Feb. 28 — already three months into the fiscal year.

She has promised to eventually eliminate what remains of the sales-tax increase approved by the board at current President Todd Stroger's urging. Stroger, who lost to Preckwinkle in the Democratic primary, was criticized for not cutting enough fat from the county budget.

Preckwinkle said she's focused on cuts and efficiencies. "Other governments across the country have done this; it's not impossible," she said.

She pledged to consolidate departments under her control and cut "unnecessary positions," citing instances where supervisors oversee just one or two employees. She also said combining purchasing and other county functions could save more than $150 million.

"We're going to be talking to the labor unions about the contribution that they can make to helping us deal with the terrible problems we've got," she added.



Recent Headlines

COVID crisis makes 28 percent of Cook households vulnerable to housing loss
Thursday, May 21, 2020
Crain's Chicago Business

Residents say they are being kept in the dark about COVID-19 as nearly 90 deaths are recorded at low-income housing in Chicago. ‘This is dangerous.'
Thursday, May 21, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Coronavirus In Illinois: State Surpasses 100K Confirmed COVID-19 Cases
Thursday, May 21, 2020
WBEZ News

Cook County passes COVID property-tax relief
Thursday, May 21, 2020
Crain's Chicago Business

Cook County Board passes Sept. 30 disaster proclamation extension, property tax late fee waiver
Thursday, May 21, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Coronavirus live blog, May 20, 2020: Coming soon: Outdoor dining, drinking, tennis, golf, state parks – but Pritzker warns ‘We are by no means out of the woods’
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Forest Preserves promotes 'Memorial Day at Home'
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Daily Herald

State of play: Forest Preserve Golf puts safety first
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Cook County Forest Preserve Foundation

Latest coronavirus news for May 19, 2020: Live updates
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

COVID-19 death toll in Cook County surpasses 3,000
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Man recently released from Cook County Jail back behind bars for 2019 murder
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Niles home to most COVID-19 deaths among Cook County suburbs, majority reported in nursing homes, data shows
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Judge Tosses Suit Challenging DCFS Ban on Supervised In-Person Visits During Pandemic
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
WTTW News

The Chicago region and flooding: We sink or swim together
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County Considers Property Tax Payment Extension To Oct. 1
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Journal and Topics Online

Online privacy breach adds to the worries of unemployed gig workers
Monday, May 18, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Closing streets for outdoor dining with safe social distancing? Sounds like a plan
Monday, May 18, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Data breach in new Illinois online unemployment system exposes private information
Monday, May 18, 2020
Chicago Tribune

Closing streets for outdoor dining with safe social distancing? Sounds like a plan
Monday, May 18, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Prognosis for COVID-19’s hit on Cook County finances plagued by ‘unknown unknowns’
Sunday, May 17, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

all news items

Paid for by Larry Suffredin and not at taxpayer expense. A Haymarket Production.
^ TOP