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Commissioners demand cuts in management

Friday, January 26, 2007
Chicago Sun-Times
by STEVE PATTERSON Staff Reporter

Cook County commissioners got their chance Thursday to lash out at Board President Todd Stroger's budget team over plans for drastic cuts to health care and public safety.
Implying Stroger's team gave up their "moral and legal responsibility" with the cuts and criticizing departments under Stroger that cut nothing, the board that ultimately must pass a $3 billion budget before Feb. 28 showed the frustrations residents have taken out on them. They also leveled criticism about layers of management remaining in the budget while front-line workers are slashed -- promising budget amendments later that will whittle those high-paying positions.
"This is all about putting the pressure on this board to come up with a tax increase," Commissioner Earlean Collins said, urging Stroger to slash all top management jobs first in order to close the county's $500 million budget deficit.


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