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Few county budget cuts offered

Thursday, December 20, 2007
Chicago Sun-Times
by STEVE PATTERSON

Coming into Wednesday's Cook County budget hearing, county officials received fair warning: Be prepared to show how you'll cut 10 percent from your budget, and be prepared for some serious grilling from commissioners.
Instead, a County Board looking for ways to cut costs forced those highly paid elected officials to sit for several hours to listen as commissioners called each other names, pointed fingers and blamed the media for most of the county's problems.
And in most cases, those elected officials didn't get any sort of grilling, not even after some thumbed their noses at a demand for budget cuts. Some cuts were offered, but so were claims of ensuing mayhem.
Board President Todd Stroger wants a sales tax increase, but there's no support for it. The budget must be passed by Feb. 28.


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