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County spending cuts overdue

Friday, November 19, 2010
Chicago Sun-Times
by Sun Times editorial staff

Faced with new numbers showing a $487 million deficit, Cook County President-elect Toni Preckwinkle on Thursday said just what we hoped she would:

“We don’t have any choice but to manage it,” she after revealing that she has asked all county officials to cut their budgets by 21 percent. “We’re not talking about increasing revenues, we’re talking decreasing spending.”

Amen.

The County Board already has rolled back half of its ill-advised penny-on-the-dollar sales tax increase, and Preckwinkle pledges to repeal the rest.

But not now, she repeated Thursday. The focus, she said, is on the 2011 budget, which must be passed by the end of February.

That’s the right focus — but not the only one. As we said on election night, Preckwinkle must move quickly to scale back the entire tax increase. She needs a plan and a firm timetable.

Preckwinkle ran on it, and voters expect — and deserve — quick action.



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