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Circuit Court Chief Chief Judge Tim Evans Sues Board President Toni Preckwinkle Over Budget

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle wants a court to dismiss a lawsuit filed against her by the county’s chief judge. Cook County Circuit Court Chief Chief Judge Tim Evans is suing Preckwinkle for cutting his 2018 budget by $35 million. Preckwinkle and the county board made across the board cuts to all departments following the repeal of the sweetened-beverage tax last fall. At a hearing Thursday, a judge set a March court date to consider Preckwinkle's request. Evans wants the court to force Preckwinkle to give him his full budget of $290 million — not the $255 million county commissioners approved. Preckwinkle has said the county does not have the extra funds.

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