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Cook County Budget

Cook County Budget

Below are the Commissioners statements regarding 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 Children’s Advocacy Center.

The Cook County State’s 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.

 


Cook County Pensions

Commissioner Suffredin refutes Cook County Pension Board tactics to scare retired senior citizens

The Cook County Pension Board and President Todd Stroger are taking advantage of retirees in an attempt to pass an ill-advised bond issue by sending out letters implying their pensions are at stake, according to Commissioner Larry Suffredin.

“The Stroger administration has hit a new low by using scare tactics on retirees in order to gain support for an ill-advised bond deal that will needlessly cost taxpayers millions in the long run,” said Commissioner Larry Suffredin. “The Stroger administration wants future generations to pay for their current mismanagement.”

In a letter sent out to pensioners, the Cook County Pension Fund alleges that the fund’s financial health is in jeopardy if the Cook County Board of Commissioners fails to approve a bond order to fill a funding gap. The Cook County Pension Fund is currently the best funded public pension fund in Illinois. Current pension benefits are not in jeopardy.

“There are plenty of alternatives to make a contribution to the pension fund, other than saddling the taxpayers with the costs of an expensive bond,” Commissioner Suffredin said. “The Stroger administration is endangering their relationship with retirees with these reckless claims.”

 

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2013 Budget
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2012 Budget
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FY2011 Cook County Budget Passes with phase-out of sales tax increase 1.25% to 1% on January 1, 2012 and from 1% to 0.75% on January 1, 2013.


2010 Budget
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Budget Amendments: 1 - 10 - 11 - 20 - 21 - 30 - 31 - 40 - 41 - 50 - 51 - 56
Floor Amendments: 1 - 20 - 21 - 40 - 41 - 65

FY2010 Cook County Budget Passes with reduction in sales tax from 1.75% to 1.25%.

2009 Budget
Budget remarks from President Stroger
2009 Executive Budget Recommendation

FY09 Budget statements from Commissioner Suffredin

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Sunday, April 02, 2006
Crain's Chicago Business

Cigarette tax hike may leave trail of smoke
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
Chicago Sun-Times

County doubling tax on cigarettes to $2 per pack
Friday, February 10, 2006
Chicago Tribune

A pain in the butts
Friday, February 10, 2006
Chicago Sun-Times

Smokers hit hard by county pack tax hike; Stroger, Claypool continue war of words
Friday, February 10, 2006
Chicago Defender

Holy Smokes! County doubles tax on cigarettes
Friday, February 10, 2006
Daily Southtown

Crony taxes and the poor
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Chicago Tribune

Devine: More money needed to view interrogations
Monday, January 23, 2006
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

County residents to have say on tax cuts for apartments
Thursday, January 19, 2006
Chicago Tribune

Cook County plan boosts home taxes
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Chicago Tribune

Sheriff gets no help to hire court-ordered jail guards
Thursday, January 12, 2006
Chicago Sun-Times

No solution on jail guard funding
Thursday, January 12, 2006
Daily Southtown

County tax on loose tobacco questioned
Sunday, January 08, 2006
Chicago Sun-Times

County budget blasted by everyone
Saturday, January 07, 2006
Daily Southtown

Watchdog group attacks county budget
Friday, January 06, 2006
Daily Southtown

Reforms blocked at county hospitals
Thursday, January 05, 2006
Daily Southtown

Stroger rebuked over hiring
Thursday, December 29, 2005
Chicago Tribune

Judge blasts county on jail
Thursday, December 29, 2005
Daily Southtown

Stroger wants to double cig tax
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Chicago Sun-Times

Cook County seeks cigarette tax hike
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Chicago Tribune

Courts face $3.8 million budget cut for '06
Monday, December 19, 2005
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Stroger to raise cigarette tax in 2006 budget
Monday, December 19, 2005
Crain's Chicago Business

Stroger now seeks to add $1.25 to the cigarette tax
Friday, December 16, 2005
Chicago Tribune

Smoking, hotel taxes once again are on Cook County agenda
Thursday, December 15, 2005
Daily Southtown

Stroger seeks 2 election-year tax hikes
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
Chicago Tribune

Stroger proposes boosting cigarette tax; no property tax hike
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
Daily Southtown

County won't raise property taxes after all
Sunday, December 11, 2005
Chicago Sun-Times

Stroger wants to double cigarette tax
Saturday, December 10, 2005
Chicago Tribune

County treasurer trims budget again
Monday, November 14, 2005
Chicago Tribune

A sound Chicago budget
Friday, November 04, 2005
Chicago Tribune

County tax hike in question
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
Daily Southtown

Cook County Board should make cuts, not raise taxes
Friday, October 14, 2005
Daily Southtown

Cook Co. expects nearly $200M budget shortfall
Saturday, August 13, 2005
Daily Southtown

Cuts, not casinos, will balance budget
Thursday, January 13, 2005
Daily Southtown

County must put end to litany of new taxes
Sunday, January 09, 2005
Daily Southtown

 
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