Office of the President

Toni Preckwinkle

Main Office:

118 N. Clark Street Room 537
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: (312) 603-6400
Fax: (312) 443-4397

Phone: (312) 603-6400

Departments Administered by the President

  • Bureau of Administration
  • County Auditor
  • Bureau of Economic Development
  • Bureau of Finance
  • Bureau of Technology
  • Human Resources
  • Commission on Human Rights & Board of Ethics
  • Commission on Women’s Issues
  • Secretary to the Board of Commissioners


Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has been a dedicated community leader for over two decades. Through collaboration and commitment, President Preckwinkle has worked with the County Board, our elected official and county employees to implement major reform and reshape county government into a world-class institution based on the foundation of fiscal responsibility, innovative leadership, transparency & accountability, and improved services.

Over the past three years, President Preckwinkle has built the credibility of County government. She eliminated the 1% sales tax of her predecessor, saving County residents $1.1 billion.  Since taking office, she has cut $430 million in expenditures, passed four budgets and established a more transparent budget process. She has established the County’s first performance management initiative to demand more accountability from County operations and employees.  President Preckwinkle has developed a robust policy agenda – focusing on critical public safety reform, working to strengthen our health care system and increasing the capacity and capability of our economic development efforts.

Before being elected Cook County Board President, Preckwinkle served 19 years as Alderman of the 4th Ward. During her tenure she successfully fought for greater funding for education and affordable housing in her ward, sponsored the Living Wage and Affordable Housing Ordinances. Her independent and progressive leadership earned her the IVI-IPO Best Alderman Award six times as well as two Leon Despres Awards.

Prior to holding elected office, President Preckwinkle taught high school history for ten years. She holds a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree from the University of Chicago.


The President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners is the Chief Executive Officer of Cook County and, as such, directs the administrative functions of the County.

Cook County Budget Summary

December 22, 2010 – President Preckwinkle and Chairman Daley give an update on the Cook County Budget during today’s press conference.
Link to the Budget Summary page on this site to download the Budget Summary document, watch the video of the press conference and link to the press release issued.

Cook County Budget Summary


Executive Order

December 13, 2010 – Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle issued her first executive order on Monday imposing a moratorium on non-essential capital and professional service contracts.
Link to the Press Room to view the December 13 press release >>
View the Executive Order document