Preckwinkle: Cook County Is $315 Million In The Red

CHICAGO (CBS) — Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has outlined preliminary budget estimates that show county government still swimming in red ink.

As WBBM Newsradio 780 Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports, Preckwinkle says her budget team projects a $315 million shortfall in the 2012 budget, and a $116 million shortfall for the balance of this year.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780 Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports

She says some of the deficits are because of lagging collections and reimbursements from the health care system. Lower revenues were also driven by the decision to repeal the controversial sales tax increase approved under former President Todd Stroger three years ago, but Preckwinkle has no regrets.

“I thought then, and I think now, that that was good for the working families of our county, and good for our businesses,” Preckwinkle said. “But it does have financial consequences.”

Preckwinkle says the goal in the coming months is reduce costs, and she’s asking employee unions to participate in that process.

Previously, Preckwinkle also said attrition and the elimination of vacant positions would not be enough to produce the staff cuts required for a balanced budget, so layoffs are coming again.

The county budget, which typically totals about $3 billion, funds the entire county court, jail and public hospital system, among several other departments and offices. State law mandates that the county pass a balance budget by the end of February each year.

  • Sickened

    “”Preckwinkle wanted to know why the Sheriffs office had 20% of it’s workforce off on medical leave. According to Preckwinkle, the sheriff has 28 percent of the county work force, but accounts for 39 percentof county employees on medical leave and 40 percent of the county’s worker’s comp cases.””

    Why doesn’t she end the “NO SHOW JOBS” she complained about last January?

  • Chivi

    The jails get paid over $30,000 per year everytime an inmate is locked up. If the inmate is released before the year is up and gets locked up again within that year the jail gets another $30,000+ for the same inmate. Why is this happening? Why is it that a convict goes to jail for 2 months (example) yet the jail gets paid $30,000 for the entire year. If the inmate, gets let go before the year or even half year is up, the jail still gets the $30,000. This seriously needs to be looked at and rectified!!!!!!!!

  • Larry

    Sheriffs deputies are almost all uneducated, worthless slugs who simply stand around all day disrespecting civilians and acting high and mighty.

    Start cutting. Start cutting everything. The entire County government is a scam. Cut 33% of the entire County payroll now. Do it.

    • Manuela

      And Preckwinkle can start by donating her salary to the cause. :D

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