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2005 Cook County Budget

2005 Budget

The 2005 Budget has finally been voted on and there will be no new Cook County taxes for the first time in 11 years. Cook County taxpayers have been protected from another needless tax increase.

The two year battle to get accountability in the budgeting process has been won. Now we have to protect our gains and make sure that the budget cuts are implemented.

On November 30, 2004 I stated, "The effort to cut the proposed budget without jeopardizing services is possible if we do some planning." This is planning that I did with fellow Commissioners Mike Quigley, Forrest Claypool and Tony Peraica. The outline for saving Cook County taxpayers from more waste that we presented November 30, 2004 is now the new budget.

Our efforts paid off as we convinced a majority of the Board to cut wasteful spending and use thoughtful planning to protect the public's right to an efficient and fair government.

The Cook County tradition of over-taxation and wasteful spending has finally been broken. The 2005 budget reflects a new day in Cook County. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to represent you on this historic issue.

Public Hearings

The fiscal year 2005 budgets for Cook County and the Forest Preserve District of Cook County have now been issued. Copies of each are available for review in my Evanston District Office located at 820 Davis, suite 104, Evanston, IL. My office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment. If you wish to schedule an appointment, please call 847-864-1209. Additionally, the Forest Preserve District budget can be viewed on-line at the Forest Preserve District website, .

I strongly encourage you to consider providing public testimony at the Skokie hearing, or another location that would be convenient for you.

The public hearing dates for the 2005 Cook County budget and the Forest Preserve District budget are:

January 12, 2005
6:30 p.m.
2nd District Circuit Courthouse
5600 Old Orchard Road
Skokie, IL
County & Forest Preserve Budgets

January 13, 2005
6:30 p.m.
4th District Courthouse
1500 S. Maybrook Dr.
Maywood, IL
County & Forest Preserve Budgets

January 20, 2005
6:30 p.m.
6th District Circuit Courthouse
16501 S. Kedzie Ave.
Markham, IL
County & Forest Preserve Budgets

January 28, 2005
10:00 A.M.
County Building
118 N. Clark Street, Room 569
Chicago, IL
County Budget

January 31, 2005
10:00 a.m.
County Building
118 N. Clark Street, Room 569
Chicago, IL
Forest Preserve Budget

The public may testify at these meetings. Persons wishing to testify should give their name, and the name of any organization they may represent to the Secretary of the Board or the Secretary of the Forest Preserve District. Their contact information follows. Each organization will be limited to one speaker. Each speaker will be limited to three (3) minutes. Speakers are requested to submit thirty (30) copies of any written statement to the Committee, prior to speaking.

Michelle Harris
Secretary to the Board
118 N. Clark, Room 567
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 603-6127 phone
(312) 603-4683 fax

Mary Russell Gardner
Secretary Treasurer
Forest Preserve District of Cook County
536 North Harlem Ave.
River Forest, IL 60305
(708) 771-1561 phone
(708) 771-1181 fax

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