Suburban Palatine to confront Preckwinkle over how money is spent

April 11, 2011

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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is scheduled to visit a suburb Monday where some residents want to secede from the county. Board President Preckwinkle said she's looking forward to the visit to northwest suburban Palatine.

"I expect to be warmly received tonight in Palatine and to have an interesting dialogue with the residents," Preckwinkle said.

Preckwinkle said her plan to cut the county's sales tax will hopefully put her in good graces with the town.

Meantime, Jack Wagner sits on the Palatine Village Council.

"I'm just going to ask her point blank, 'Can you give me, kind of, an outline of where the $19-$20 million a year we figure we send to the county is actually spent on,'" Wagner said.

Wagner said he's looked into what it would take for Palatine and other northwest suburbs to secede, but he says it's not likely to happen soon. He lost his bid for re-election last week.