An excerpt and video from an interview that appeared on WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight”, December 6th, 2011:
Today marks Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s first anniversary on the job. Has she fulfilled her campaign promises? She joins us to talk about this and more on Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle celebrates one year in office on Tuesday, December 6. Over the last year, despite tough choices including layoffs and budget cuts, Preckwinkle has garnered the support of the county board and passed two balanced budgets, in the process saving taxpayers a total of $800 million by closing budget gaps.
In a press release from the Cook County Board office, Preckwinkle detailed the successes and challenges of the past year, the current work being done, and plans for the following year. In a handwritten preface to the 44-page report, Preckwinkle thanked the residents of Cook County:
“We walked in the door facing numerous challenges, but with your ideas, encouragement and support, we have been able to accomplish so much of what we set out to do,” Preckwinkle wrote.
Preckwinkle’s first year was marked by four chief goals: initiatives to improve the county’s fiscal responsibility by keeping taxes as low as possible and used effectively, provide innovative leadership with an emphasis on collaboration and professionalism, maintain an atmosphere of transparency and accountability to make government more accessible to residents and improve Cook County Services in key areas such as criminal justice and health care.