Cook County Budget Passes

Craig Dellimore
November 21, 2019 - 5:26 pm
Toni Preckwinkle

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Cook County Board has voted final approval for the 2020 budget, which includes more than $6 billion in spending but no tax hikes.

WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports from the Loop.

Almost all the county commissioners present gave Board President Toni Preckwinkle a standing ovation after the passage of the spending plan.

She couldn’t  help but brag a bit to reporters that she and her team closed a nearly $19 million dollar budget gap without raising taxes.

The vote was not unanimous. Republican Commissioner Sean Morrison complained about the growth in government and that the county wasn’t doing enough to reduce pension costs.

Preckwinkle noted Morrison did not support her administration's efforts to reduce pension debt, so she finds his comments contradictory.