Suffredin- For a Better Cook County  
 

Accountability
Forest Preserves
Public Safety
Cook County Budget
Forest Pres. Budget
Property Tax Appeal
Health & Hospitals
Land Bank Authority
Policy Resolutions
Unsung Heroine

 

   
 
   
   
 
   
     
  Office phone numbers:  
   
 
 

The Cook County Code of Ordinances are the current laws of Cook County.

   
 

Search current and proposed Cook County Legislation in Larry's exclusive legislative library.

   
  The first blood bank in the world was established at Cook County Hospital by Dr. Bernard Fantus in 1937.
   
     
     
     



Preckwinkle: All county leaders must share in 21% spending cuts

Thursday, November 18, 2010
Chicago Sun-Times
by Lisa Donovan

Working to close an estimated $487 million budget gap as she prepares to take office, Cook County Board President-elect Toni Preckwinkle told county leaders they’ll have to share in the painful 21 percent spending cuts next year.

“I talked to the separately elected officials, and I made it abundantly clear that no one would be absolved in making cuts, and no one would be alone in making cuts,” Preckwinkle told reporters at her Loop transition office, after hosting a lunch there with the 11 separately elected leaders, ranging from Sheriff Tom Dart to Treasurer Maria Pappas.

The nearly $500 million deficit is at the high end of projections her transition team had been warning her about in months before the November election.

But with the help of financial experts in the public and private sector, along with Commissioner John Daley, the powerful head of the County Board’s Finance Committee, Preckwinkle says the numbers are starting to crystallize — and it’s going to be tough on taxpayers and county employees alike.

Slashing the remainder of that unpopular sales tax hike championed by outgoing Board President Todd Stroger — who was bested by Preckwinkle in the Democratic primary last February — will be on the back burner until 2012. And with a $3 billion government operation whose 24,000 employees make up 80 percent of the budget, layoffs are inevitable, observers say.

“We’re going to be talking to the labor unions about the contribution that they can make to helping us deal with the terrible problems we’ve got,” Preckwinkle said, standing with Daley and Kurt Summers Jr., her  soon-to-be chief of staff.

Pappas, said to be feisty during the meeting, told the Sun-Times: “She wants us to cut 21 percent. Look, we have already cut 52 percent of our employees — our revenues are up $25 million.”

But at the end of the day, she, Dart and others said there was an air of cooperation at the meeting.

“We’ve committed to working closely with her transition team and will continue that cooperation as she begins the unenviable task of balancing this budget,” Steve Patterson, the sheriff’s spokesman, said in a statement.

He pointed out that the sheriff’s office is under a federal court order to hire corrections officers, something Preckwinkle said she understands.



Recent Headlines

Pappas: There's help for senior citizens struggling to pay Cook County property taxes
Friday, December 14, 2018
Special to suffredin.org

Cook County Public Guardian sues DCFS: “Abject moral and human rights failure”
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Capitol Fax

Borrow $10B to help stabilize city pensions along with legal pot, casino and benefit cuts: Rahm
Thursday, December 13, 2018
The Daily Line

CTA Moves Forward with Major Red Line Projects:
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Special to suffredin.org

Cook County repeals lower parking-app tax rate
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Crain's Chicago Business

How local suburbs voted in Cook County minimum wage/paid sick leave advisory referenda
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
The Bugel

Cook County restores tax on parking apps before January cut took effect
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Chicago Tribune

County Board to take on taxes,toilets at Wednesday meeting
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

PRECKWINKLE’s tax tweak — Details on BURKE raids — State REPUBLICANS look for hope — SUMMERS’ tirade
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Illinois Politico

Woman, 19, arrested after escaping police custody at Cook County courthouse
Sunday, December 09, 2018
WLS ABC Chicago 7

Here's an exciting prospect: A boring assessor's office
Saturday, December 08, 2018
Crain's Chicago Business

Sheriff starts unique inmate program to combat Chicago's gun epidemic
Thursday, December 06, 2018
RTV 6 Indianapolis

Staff feud at tax appeals board turns nasty
Wednesday, December 05, 2018
Crain's Chicago Business

Cook County Tax Bills Posted Online Three Months Early
Wednesday, December 05, 2018
CBS Chicago

County Board makes it easier to choose Preckwinkle successor
Tuesday, December 04, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

New Cook County assessor vows end to favoritism as he takes office
Monday, December 03, 2018
Crain's Chicago Business

New Cook County Board members sworn in Monday
Monday, December 03, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Cook County referendums: 'Yes' to everything
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Chicago City Wire

Glenview to discuss Cook County minimum wage, paid sick leave ordinances in December
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Wilmette reverses course, fully adopts both county minimum wage and sick time rules
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Chicago Tribune

all news items

Paid for by Larry Suffredin and not at taxpayer expense. A Haymarket Production.
^ TOP