Cook County Defers Some Major Projects

CHICAGO (WBBM) — Cook County has come up with a capital improvements program that puts the brakes on some big projects that once had a green light.

As WBBM Newsradio 780 Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports, County Board President Toni Preckwinkle says the multi-year, $680 million capital program was mostly made up of urgent projects affecting health and safety, including the redevelopment of the long-shuttered old Cook County Hospital.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780 Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports

But she says responsible spending is a priority, so Maria Saldaña, chief of Economic Development, says some major projects must be deferred.

Among the deferred projects is a parking structure at the often-crowded Maybrook Court Complex in Maywood.

“I think it is a necessary parking structure. I’ve heard a lot from the department and the correctional system, and people who have been out there know that that’s a real issue, and I think we just have to – it’s subject to further evaluation to determine what’s the best solution for that parking problem out by Maywood, Saldaña said.

A total of $80 million in projects have been deferred.

  • Arjay

    Why is Cook County delaying anything? We pay enough taxes in this town to build the Great Wall of China here!

    • Pat Tenuto

      That’s because a lot of our tax money is going into the pockets of the politicians we elected and not for the projects that were deferred. The BIG problem lately isn’t voting for the best candidate (because that “animal” doesn’t exist) but voting for the lesser of 2 evils.

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