Preckwinkle: County Departments Haven’t Performed At Their Best

CHICAGO (CBS) — Top Cook County officials say they are using new methods to measure how well—and how efficiently—county government is working.

As WBBM Newsradio 780 Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports, the officials say they’re getting results.

County Board President Toni Preckwinkle says all the county elected officials are taking part in the STAR Initiative, which stands for “Set Targets, Achieve Results.”

LISTEN: Newsradio 780 Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports

A county ordinance ordered the elected officials to set standards for performance.

Preckwinkle says, for example, an analysis showed the county Highway Department wasn’t using data from lawsuits filed over damage from potholes to determine where to send pothole crews.

“We’re using that data to direct our employees in terms of their work in filling potholes,” Preckwinkle said. “Now, I suppose that’s an obvious thing to do, but it wasn’t happening.”

Methods have also changed in the Revenue Department.

“We were concentrating resources on wheel tax enforcement, instead of cigarette and alcohol enforcement, which is really where the money is,” Preckwinkle said.

She said redirecting those efforts will bring in more revenue.

  • tom sharp

    Is this a joke? She talks the “reform game,” but all she seems to do is hire friends and political losers who the voters threw out of office to $100,000+ positions! Time to look in the mirror to see the problem!

  • Pothead

    Oh I don’t know about that. I seen one guy from a pot hole crew lean on a shovel for over an hour. His stamina was amazing !

    • Tammy


  • dan

    I live up on the NW side around Forest Glen, Edgbrook, and Indian Woods. Take a drive around and look at the deplorable condition of the forest along the roads. devon, cicero, peterson, caldwell, trees have fallen down, rotting trees along the roads about to fall down. If were on private property in unincorporated cook county inspectors would be forcing homeowners to do something about it.

    Can we fire some of the do nothing hacks and hire some guys that know how to use a chain saw?

    Why is there always money to settle a lawsuit when someone gets hurt but not to take preventive action?

    Toni are you listening?

  • larry

    Toni is doing more than the rest of no-good politicians in Chicago!

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