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County savings

Thursday, November 17, 2016
Daily Herald

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle outlined budget cutbacks this week.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle outlined budget cutbacks this week.- Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

County savings

You've heard a lot about a soda tax recently approved by theCook County Board, which goes a long way in helping close a $174 million budget gap next fiscal year. But Board President Toni Preckwinkle also outlined some cutbacks this week as she proposed her $4.9 billion budget, including reducing operational costs of the Cook County Health and Hospitals System by $10 million by shifting funds into community-based outpatient clinical care, which is less expensive than emergency room visits. The county is also consolidating two warehouses, which is expected to save about $1.5 million and reduce the county's footprint by 495,000 square feet. It's also moving forward with a plan to demolish three buildings on the Department of Corrections Campus, which is expected to avoid $188 million in maintenance over the next decade.




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