When Toni Preckwinkle took over as Cook County Board President last December, she vowed to do things differently than her predecessor Todd Stroger. Preckwinkle initiated the reversal of Stroger’s penny-on-the-dollar sales tax increase and she also promised to lead the county on a "new course."
Cook County commissioners continue to debate the issue of a 2011 budget measure that requires them to take furlough days by the end of the year.As part of last year's deal, county commissioners were required to take 10 furloughs to help close a $487 million deficit.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said on Tuesday that the county is starting to send out its layoff notices.Around 100 people in the president's office received pink slips Monday as part of the first round of layoffs.
Mayor-elect Emanuel’s real counterpart in county government is dealing with an estimated budget shortfall of $487 million. In her transition report last December, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle floated some ideas on how to close that budget shortfall.