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  Cook County was created on January 15, 1831 and named after Daniel P. Cook, Member of Congress and the first Attorney from the State of Illinois.
   
     
     
     


Cook County Budget

The annual County budget should be made available to the public in a user-friendly form before passage. I will continue to advocate that this essential document be made more easily available. 

Click here for the current Cook County budget.

Click here for previous Cook County budgets.

A "Yes" Vote For 2019 Cook County Budget

On November 15, 2018, I voted yes on the 2019 Cook County budget as a reasonable approach to protecting key services. There are no tax increases included in this budget.

A year ago, I voted for a budget that was negotiated to meet a serious revenue shortfall while still providing essential services. The 2019 Budget solves the revenue shortfall with significant one-time revenues from a City of Chicago TIF surplus; and increased earned income from the Cook County Health and Hospital System.

This budget allows our Cook County Health and Hospital System to meet changing patient needs through better planning by the Independent Board and better use of Public Health resources including Access to Care and the Childrenís Advocacy Center.

The Cook County Stateís Attorney; Cook County Board of Review, Cook County Assessor, Cook County Sheriff and other offices are given additional staff positions that should be revenue generating for future budgets.

This budget protects the $350 million extra pension payment the County established 3 years ago. Our pensions are among the most stable in Illinois, but they will continue to need extra payments to stay strong.

The future will now be dependent upon better planning and continued suggestions from our residents.

Past Budget Statements

2018 Statement on the Cook County Budget

2017 Statement on the Cook County Budget

2016 Statement on the Cook County Budget

2015 Statement on the Cook County Budget

 

Other Budget Issues

Statement on the repeal of the Sweetened Beverage Tax

Statement on the passage of the Sweetened Beverage Tax

Statement on passage of the minimum wage ordinance

Statement on repealing the sales tax increase

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