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A Cook County Commissioner is accusing the board president’s office of altering the county budget … months after it was approved. Chicago Public Radio’s Shawn Allee reports.


You might recall the weeks-long debate to close Cook County’s half-billion dollar budget gap.

It even took an all-nighter in February to pass it.

Now, Commissioner Mike Quigley claims that was for nothing.

Quigley: A cursory analysis of the budget as posted just a couple weeks ago, details at least 20 million dollars worth of alteration. Without any authority or discussion of the board of cook county. This is an intrusion of the legislative process, a violation of our rules and our laws, and it’s wholly inappropriate.

Quigley says President Todd Stroger deleted health and other jobs requested by the board, while adding jobs the board did not approve.

The president’s office says the changes were both minor and legal.

The state’s attorney’s office says only minor or arithmetic alterations are allowed without board approval.

I’m Shawn Allee.

Chicago Public Radio.

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