Cook County taxpayers' stunning share of local debt

June 22, 2011

Produced by Eight Forty-Eight

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On Tuesday, Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas presented figures that put local governments’ debt at over $108 billion.

It’s no secret that the government's experiencing financial difficulties, but taxpayers in Cook County are learning more about their share of the tab.

On Tuesday, Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas presented figures that put local governments’ debt at over $108 billion. Total county debt puts each Chicago household on the hook for a little more than $63,000 on average. To find out more about how things add up, Eight Forty-Eight spoke to Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas.

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