Preckwinkle: Nothing Pleasant About Hundreds Of Layoffs15 of the 17 Cook County Board members have signed on as co-sponsors to budget amendments that Board President Toni Preckwinkle says will close the shortfall caused by the repeal of the county's unpopular sweetened beverage tax.
Preckwinkle Outlines Plan To Make Up For Loss Of Soda Tax RevenueWhen commissioners voted to repeal the much-maligned sweetened beverage tax, they knew they would have to make up for $200 million in lost revenue.
Commissioners Look To Make Cuts In County's Health Care SystemSome commissioners seem to be looking hard for deeper cuts to make in the massive Cook County Health and Hospitals System.
Cook Co. Public Defender Says The Dept. Cannot Afford More CutsCampanelli passionately told commissioners she was upholding people's constitutional rights as the law say she must, so she needs resources.
Budget Meetings Begin To Close $200M Soda Tax GapCook County's budget hearings have begun this week under the cloud of a deficit created by the eradication of the soda tax.
With Soda Tax Gone, County Board Looks To Close $200M Budget Gap“We’re not going to be able to raise revenue, we’re going to have to cut,” Commissioner Jeff Tobolski (D-McCook) said.
Preckwinkle Urges Commissioners To Keep Sweetened Beverage Tax Days Ahead Of Repeal VoteCook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle put commissioners on notice that a vote to repeal the controversial soda tax will mean cuts to vital services.
Preckwinkle Mum On Whether 2018 Budget Plan Includes Soda TaxPreckwinkle would not say if she has prepared two budget proposals – one including the soda tax, and one without it.
Preckwinkle Dismisses Commissioners' Idea To Avoid Layoffs After Soda Tax BlockedA trio of Cook County commissioners proposed forming a working group to cut the budget without mass layoffs while the soda tax is on hold.
Preckwinkle: Sales Tax Hike Necessary To Keep County AfloatCook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said Tuesday she will present a preliminary budget plan that includes a proposal to increase the county sales tax she spent years rolling back.
County Approves Gun, Gambling, Cigarette Tax Hikes; Lower Sales TaxThe cost of smoking, buying guns, and playing the slots in Cook County will be going up next year, but the county is also getting rid of the final portion of the hated 2008 sales tax hike.
Preckwinkle Dumps Bullet Tax Plan, Keeps Gun TaxCook County gun owners have dodged a bullet, as County Board President Tony Preckwinkle has dropped her plan to impose a new ammunition tax to help balance the budget.
More Taxes For Cigarettes, Bullets And Gambling In County BudgetCook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's budget plan relies on new or higher taxes on cigarettes, ammunition, guns, and gambling machines, but also fulfills her 2010 campaign pledge to eliminate an unpopular sales tax hike enacted by her predecessor.
Report: Tax, Fee Increases Under Consideration To Balance County BudgetCook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is apparently considering targeted tax and fee increases and cost cutting to close a $115 million deficit in next year's county budget.
Cook County Finance Committee Backs Alcohol Tax HikeA key Cook County committee has endorsed County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's plan to raise alcohol taxes as part of next year's budget plan.