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Suburban mayors assess impact of city and county budgets for their residents

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Suburban mayors assess impact of city and county budgets for their residents

North suburban Lincolnwood is one Chicago suburb that could be affected by city and Cook County budget proposals.

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The latest budgets from the City of Chicago and Cook County proposed challenging cuts along with new taxes and fees. Both put the squeeze on Chicago’s suburban neighbors in a number of ways.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s city budget suggested a 3-year water rate increase to pay for Chicago’s aging infrastructure, which would hit suburbs that buy water from the city. Meanwhile Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle wanted residents of unincorporated areas to pay for county police services.

Edward Zabrocki, mayor of south suburban Tinley Park, and Gerald Turry, mayor of north suburban Lincolnwood, joined Eight Forty-Eight to discuss the suburban reaction to the city and county budgets.

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