Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said that Rahm Emanuel's proposal to tax some services is going nowhere. Chicago's mayor-elect has said he wants to broaden the sales tax to cover what he called "luxury" services, while lowering the tax rate.
Rahm Emanuel and Toni Preckwinkle said Tuesday they could cut costs by possibly merging parts of their governments. The new Chicago mayor-elect and the new-ish Cook County board president stood before cameras to work in the buzz words of the day: collaboration, streamlining, coordination.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle says county employees can expect to pay more for health benefits in the future. She spoke with reporters to mark her 100th day in office. Preckwinkle said the salaries of government workers have improved over the years.
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.
One of the big challenges facing Chicago’s newly-elected government is getting the city budget under control. As Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has found out, big budget fixes are easier said than done.