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A Yes Vote For 2019 Cook County Budget

Thursday, November 15, 2018
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On November 15, 2018, I voted yes on the 2019 Cook County budget as a reasonable approach to protecting key services. There are no tax increases included in this budget.

A year ago, I voted for a budget that was negotiated to meet a serious revenue shortfall while still providing essential services. The 2019 Budget solves the revenue shortfall with significant one-time revenues from a City of Chicago TIF surplus; and increased earned income from the Cook County Health and Hospital System.

This budget allows our Cook County Health and Hospital System to meet changing patient needs through better planning by the Independent Board and better use of Public Health resources including Access to Care and the Children’s Advocacy Center.

The Cook County State’s Attorney; Cook County Board of Review, Cook County Assessor, Cook County Sheriff and other offices are given additional staff positions that should be revenue generating for future budgets.

This budget protects the $350 million extra pension payment the County established 3 years ago. Our pensions are among the most stable in Illinois, but they will continue to need extra payments to stay strong.

The future will now be dependent upon better planning and continued suggestions from our residents.



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