Originally published December 9, 2010--Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced two major personnel decisions on Thursday afternoon. Greg Wass will join the Preckwinkle administration as its Chief Information Officer (CIO). Robin Kelly joins the administration as the county’s Chief Administrative Officer (CAO).
“We’re putting together a team that can meet the challenges we’re facing. Robin and Greg are both going to be key players in improving the operations of County government,” said Preckwinkle.
Kelly is a former member of the Illinois General Assembly and has served as the chief of staff for Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias since 2007. As a legislator in the Illinois House of Representatives, Kelly was a financial watchdog and champion for consumer rights. She has a long record of working on behalf of small businesses across Cook County. Kelly has worked in public service for more than 25 years and is the first African American woman to serve as chief of staff for a constitutional officer here in Illinois.
Wass joins the County from his job as the CIO for the State of Illinois. He has more than 20 years of experience in public sector management and technology consulting. He has served in executive positions with the City of Chicago, Illinois State Treasurer and City of Alexandria, Virginia. Wass served as vice president of government solutions for a Fortune 500 technology services company and was co-owner of a technology and management consulting firm. He has also served as research director for the Chicago-based Civic Federation.
Preckwinkle said the appointments are an important part of the goals of her administration: fiscal responsibility, innovative leadership, transparency and accountability and improved services.
“We’re bringing together a team of the best and brightest. We need innovative leadership to identify initiatives that cut the costs and increase the efficiency of the services the County provides. We’re changing the culture of Cook County and these are the people who we are relying on to help us institute initiatives and help us improve services for the residents of Cook County,” Preckwinkle said.
“I am grateful to both of them for joining our team and look forward to working with them.”
“Both Robin and Greg have a tremendous record of public service and are highly regarded in their fields. Robin has proven track record as an innovative and reform-minded leader. We share a commitment to eliminating redundancies and increasing the efficiency of County operations. Greg has a strong background in both the public and private sectors. With his help, we can open up County government to its citizens – making County operations more transparent and accountable to the residents of Cook County.`None`Office of the President`Newspaper Article
Preckwinkle imposes spending freeze`01/13/2011`Import Author`Originally published 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.
This is the first of the major initiatives outlined in Preckwinkle’s transition report, released last week. Preckwinkle said the moratorium is a cornerstone of the much-needed overhaul of County spending strategies.
“This is the first step toward ending waste in Cook County and it clearly demonstrates our commitment to fiscal responsibility. This is how we are going to institute a new era of accountability in County government,” she said.
Prior to this, a number of significant capital projects were underway without any consideration for long-term planning or a coordinated capital plan. Cook County currently has roughly $495 million in active contracts coupled with $191 million in planned projects. The capital moratorium could save tens of millions of dollars, according to an analysis conducted by the Preckwinkle’s transition team and Administrative staff. It will offload bad contracts and lay the groundwork for a more strategic approach to capital and professional services spending.
“What this means is all non-essential capital projects and professional service contracts that can be terminated will be terminated. We won’t spend like the County did in the past. We’re creating an process to review, defer, restructure and even eliminate the ill-advised contracts and wasteful spending that marked the previous administration.”
Preckwinkle’s executive order affects only non-essential projects. Exceptions have been made for projects that affect public health and safety, regulatory requirements or instances where the projects are contingent on a commitment from outside funding, such as matching grants.
The County faces a budget deficit of nearly $500 million for FY2011. A balanced FY2011 budget will be submitted by the Office of the Cook County Board President to the Board of Commissioners for review by the end of January. The budget must be approved by the Cook County Board by Feb. 28. Preckwinkle has asked elected officials and department heads to cut 21 percent from their budgets to balance the FY2011 budget.`None*None`None*Office of the President`Newspaper Article
Preckwinkle appoints two civic leaders to lead Forest Preserves `01/13/2011`Import Author`Originally published December 15, 2010--Arnold Randall was selected to serve as the new Superintendent of the Cook County Forest Preserve Department. Mary Laraia will serve as Assistant Superintendent of the nation’s largest Forest Preserve district.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said both Randall and Laraia bring tremendous experience and expertise to the County’s Forest Preserve District.
Randall comes to the Forest Preserve District from his position as Director of the Office of Civic Engagement at the University of Chicago. He was a key part of the Chicago 2016 Olympic Bid Committee’s community outreach team and previously worked as Commissioner of the City of Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development. Randall served in a number of roles with the Chicago Park District between 1995 and 2007, including park supervisor, area and regional manager, Director of Planning and Development and Director of Legislative and Community Affairs.
Laraia has a long professional record in public policy, philanthropy, the environment and finance. She is known as an innovator in the area of corporate management and has headed community development and compliance functions at three of the nation’s top financial institutions. Laraia has received numerous honors for her work in a variety of executive management positions in both the public and private sector.
Randall and Laraia both served on Preckwinkle’s Forest Preserve policy and transition teams which helped shape the President’s priorities for the Forest Preserve District.
“Arnold and Mary reflect our commitment to bringing in talented, innovative leadership throughout the County. Arnold Randall has a tremendous amount of experience as a public servant through his roles with the Chicago Park District and the City of Chicago. Mary Laraia has a background in urban planning and is an award-winning management executive who has worked for top banking institutions, government as well as nonprofits. I am grateful to both of them for their continued commitment to the Forest Preserves and for their willingness to join our team. ” Preckwinkle said.
“The Forest Preserves are truly a gem of the County,” said Preckwinkle. “As such, the governance of the Forest Preserves must exhibit the highest levels of efficiency, transparency and devotion to the mission.”
In addition to realizing cost savings, identifying opportunities for shared services and streamlining the management of the Forest Preserves, Preckwinkle has placed a priority on reengaging the public in outdoor learning and activities. Preckwinkle has tasked the two with establishing a comprehensive, long-term plan for the Forest Preserves that not only maintains and improves the resources, but also encourages greater public involvement in the future of the District.
“There are major opportunities to increase the County’s engagement with the Forest Preserves. It’s going to be a matter of reaching out to residents, especially our young people, through educational programming, new volunteer opportunities and a major outreach initiative. We’re going to work to give people a greater sense of ownership in the Forest Preserves,” said Randall.
“The Cook County Forest Preserve is the nation’s oldest and largest Forest Preserve district, it’s our job to make it the nation’s best as well,” Laraia said.`Outdoor Recreation*None*None`Forest Preserves*None*Office of the President`Newspaper Article
Preckwinkle institutes ethics training rules for all employees`01/13/2011`Import Author`Originally published December 20, 2010--County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has introduced new, wide-ranging ethics rules as part of her comprehensive 100 Day Reform Initiative.
Preckwinkle issued her second executive order on Monday expanding the number of employees who are required to receive ethics training as well as the frequency of those trainings.
Previously, only about 500 elected officials, their staff and county employees were required to participate in ethics training within 120 days of becoming an elected official or their hire date.
Under Preckwinkle’s new mandate, all 2,000 employees working under the office of the president - including employees of the Cook County Health & Hospital System and the Cook County Forest Preserve District - will be required to undergo ethics training on an annual basis. This training must take place within 90 days. Additionally, training must be renewed annually. Previously, mandated training was repeated only every four years.
“It is essential that Cook County employees meet the highest ethical standards. Every employee will understand the responsibilities placed upon them when they work for the people of Cook County and the Office of the Cook County Board President. We’re building a culture of transparency, openness and accountability and this is an important step in that process,” Preckwinkle said.
All employees in the President’s office, including the President, underwent training during her first full week in office.
The executive order was drafted with assistance from Marynic Foster, the Executive Director of the Cook County Department of Ethics. Foster said the President’s new ethics initiatives promote a wider understanding of the Cook County Code of Ethical Conduct to which officials and employees of Cook County must adhere.
“Requiring annual training for all employees, not just those senior level employees mandated to undergo training every four years, is a huge and necessary step in the right direction,” Foster said.
“Increasing awareness of the Code of Ethical Conduct among all Cook County employees will serve to improve the standards of Cook County public service and will strengthen the confidence of the people of Cook Count in the integrity and the fair and honest administration of their Cook County government.”
The Cook County Board of Ethics is responsible for enforcing the Cook County Ethics Ordinance, which sets forth directives to ensure honest government.
The order changes the current policy in two key ways. First, as mentioned above, every employee under the Office of the President must complete annual training courses conducted by the Cook County Department of Ethics. These training sessions can be completed online.
Second, all new hires under the Office of the President currently exempt from mandatory ethics training will be required to complete ethics training.`None*None`None*Office of the President`Newspaper Article
220 canoeists, kayakers paddle Chicago River on New Year's Day`01/14/2011`Import Author`Originally published January 2, 2011--Cook County board president Toni Preckwinkle was one of hundreds of canoeists and kayakers who paddled the Chicago River on New Year's Day.
The Forest Preserve District of Cook County says 220 paddlers participated in Saturday's Happy Canoe Year! event. Officials say the five and a half mile float started near Winnetka at Skokie Lagoons and ended at Linne Woods in Morton Grove.
It was the 26th year for the annual event.
Click here for the original story from GreenfieldReporter.com
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Preckwinkle appoints leaders in procurement and contract compliance`01/14/2011`Import Author`Originally published December 22, 2010--Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle was joined today by Cook County Board Finance Committee Chairman John Daley and a group of County elected officials including Assessor Joseph Berrios, Cook County Health and Hospital System Chief Executive Officer William Foley, Recorder of Deeds Eugene “Gene” Moore, Clerk David Orr, Treasurer Maria Pappas and Board of Review Commissioners Dan Patlak and Larry Rogers, Jr., all of whom have pledged to make the necessary cuts from their 2011 budgets.
Click here to view or download 2011 Cook County Budget Summary
As previously reported, the 2011 budget deficit is an estimated $487 million. By statute, the County Board of Commissioners must approve a balanced budget by the end of February.
On Nov. 18, Preckwinkle invited the 11 County elected officials to a formal meeting to discuss the budget challenges and outline her plan to request 21 percent cuts in the three-quarters remained in FY2011 in order to meet those challenges. (16 percent annualized). More recently, these same elected officials were asked by the President’s Office to submit by Dec. 23 proposed budgets that reflect this reduction.
Preckwinkle said the assembled elected officials have demonstrated a serious commitment to solving the County budget challenges through a spirit of collaboration.
“I have pledged to assemble a team to help me balance the County budget and today you see the start of that team. I want to thank them for joining me today. In particular I want to thank Finance Chairman Daley for his help and support.” she said.
“President Preckwinkle has clearly outlined her administration’s plan for reducing the cost of government, while maintaining the level of essential services that citizens expect from Cook County. I stand with her in full support to help achieve this goal,” said Chairman Daley.
The Chief Judge relayed his commitment to trying to meet a 21 percent reduction. “We are currently considering ways to find savings and make cuts to meet that challenge,” said Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans.
The Chief Judge applauded President Preckwinkle her leadership and her efforts to restore transparency to the budget process.
“The Treasurer’s office is committed to do its part to help solve the County’s budget deficit. My office pledges to meet the necessary budget cuts. We are looking at ways to introduce cost saving measures make the Treasurer’s office more efficient. I thank the President for her leadership,” said Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas.
The Office of the County Board President also released today a Budget Summary to help guide the public through the budget process that will unfold over the coming weeks.
President Preckwinkle said the release of the Budget Summary is a key part of a comprehensive effort to bring transparency to the County budget process.
“We have a tremendous budget challenge before us and we have less than six weeks to meet this challenge. It’s important that the public gains a meaningful understanding of the $3.5 billion county budget and the role of the President, Board of Commissioners and the county’s elected officials in the budget process. Not enough people know about how we get to that $3.5 billion figure and, to me, it’s a major transparency issue,” she said.
“In that spirit of transparency, we will be going out to meet with the public across Cook County to discuss the budget. We will hold Cook County accountable to its residents,” she said.
The Budget Summary also outlines how President Preckwinkle is seeking to find savings and make cuts in her own office and highlights several of the initiatives she introduced since taking office, including a compensation audit at the County’s health clinics and hospitals and a capital moratorium project that will allow for the review of nearly 200 projects with an estimated price tag of over $900 million.
“The objective in my office is the same as it is across the county, in all departments and bureaus – to reduce spending by 21 percent by cutting waste, inefficiencies and redundancies. I have said that no one will be absolved and that no one will be alone in making these tough decisions and we’re working on a daily basis to identify areas where we can realize cost saving,” Preckwinkle said.
President Preckwinkle also announced today the creation of a new annual County award – “The Frontline Award” – for the County department that submits the best idea to improve services in a cost-effective way. Details about the award will be forthcoming.`Budget and Financial*None*None`Budget and Management Services*None*Office of the President`Newspaper Article
Cook County Officials & IL Secretary of State Promote Organ Donation`01/18/2011`Import Author`Originally published January 18, 2011--Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle introduced today the County’s new Chief Financial Officer, Tariq G. Malhance.
Malhance has 25 years of experience in public finance and most recently served as Senior Vice President of Private Equity of Unicorn Investment Bank,and President of UIB Capital, Inc. in Chicago. He retired in November 2005 from the City of Chicago after a remarkable 25-year career.
Between 2002 and 2005, he was the City Comptroller and was responsible for overseeing all municipal accounting, auditing and financial reporting. He also directed the city’s employee benefit programs, set financial policies and prepared the city’s $6 billion annual budget in conjunction with the City Budget Director.
Preckwinkle said her administration of the county places a priority on fiscal responsibility and careful financial planning and Malhance is the right choice to guide the county’s finances in the years to come.
“The county is at a crossroads and our financial well-being is essential. We sought out Mr. Malhance because he is a true professional and he has a set of skills that are needed to restore the county’s financial security. His knowledge and experience will be a tremendous asset for our administration, our employees and the residents of Cook County,” she said.
Malhance said he is excited to help the county set a new standard in the critical area of finance.
“I would like to thank President Preckwinkle for her confidence and I look forward to the challenge of submitting a balanced budget for 2011 and working on measures that will ensure the county’s fiscal health in the future,” he said.
Preckwinkle said Malhance will begin working with her staff immediately. The county’s 2011 budget will take center stage for the next six weeks. The Office of the Cook County Board President must submit a budget proposal in the coming weeks and the Cook County Board of Commissioners must approve a balanced budget by the end of February.
“Time is an issue and the public is counting on us to deliver a responsible budget in the short term and a new sustainable model for the way we utilize their tax dollars over the long term. We’re working diligently towards those goals,” Preckwinkle said.`None*None`None*Office of the President`Newspaper Article
Cook County Board President introduces new efficiency and transparency initiatives`01/20/2011`Import Author`Originally published January 19, 2011--Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Wednesday announced a new initiative to address major components of her administration’s vision for Cook County government.
The new performance based management and budgeting ordinance, which was introduced today by the Cook County Board of Commissioners, aims to add transparency, accountability and fiscally responsible practices to the budget process that all county elected officials, agencies, bureaus and departments must complete each year.
“We often hear talk about responsible spending and cutting waste, but what are needed are practices that reinforce these principles. The planning process for future county budgets must include meaningful, objective performance measures. I’m taking the lead in this process to ensure that the county is accountable for the tax dollars that fund our budget and the functions we must provide for the public,” said Preckwinkle.
The new initiative requires that each county agency and department prepare a quarterly report in which it defines its mission and establishes measurable goals for achieving desirable results for those who benefit from its services, foremost the taxpayers who fund those services.
Preckwinkle will be chairing the performance management review sessions that are outlined in the initiative. She and her staff will also take an active role in assisting each agency and department in mapping out these new performance management documents.
Preckwinkle said this initiative centralizes the disparate operations of the county.
“Grants, fees, staffing levels, benefits, salaries and capital projects — these are important items that relate to our county’s financial situation, both on the revenue and expenditure sides of the budget equation. We’re setting up a new system in which these items will be reviewed on a regular basis so they can be assessed, monitored and incorporated into the budget,” she said.
“You cannot manage without measuring. This performance management effort is about improving services. Businesses and municipalities have implemented similar programs and have had great success with improving services to customers and residents.”
For many years, transfers and other personnel practices have allowed budgets to spiral upward well after the annual budget is approved by the Cook County Board of Commissioners. This ordinance seeks to end these practices.
“I encourage you to read through this ordinance. These are the steps we need to take to professionalize Cook County, to ensure that we budget in the same way that the people of Cook County must balance their checkbooks each month. Mission drift is a challenge in Cook County. The bottom line is these new rules connect activities across the county to outcomes that will limit spending and improve services for the people of Cook County,” Preckwinkle said.`None*None`None*Office of the President`Newspaper Article
Make Cook County More Efficient`01/21/2011`Import Author`Today, Cook County Forest Preserve District Board President Toni Preckwinkle unveiled her FY 2011 Executive Budget Recommendation for the Forest Preserve District of Cook County. The balanced budget holds the line on property taxes for the third straight year in a row.
Click here to view or download the 2011 Forest Preserve of Cook County Executive Budget Recommendation.
“This budget is sustainable in that it holds the line on taxes for the third year in a row, calls for increased operational efficiencies and provides for the continued expansion of our holdings and programming,” said President Preckwinkle. “We are setting a new standard with an unprecedented effort to serve Cook County’s families, our volunteers and the visiting public at large.”
The FY 2011 budget includes a total appropriation of $160.2 million dollars and provides:
- A $57.1 million dollar operating budget for the Forest Preserve District of Cook County;
- Contributions to the Brookfield Zoo and Chicago Botanic Garden of $14.88 million dollars and $9.35 million dollars, respectively;
- A contribution of $4.5 million dollars towards land acquisition;
- The elimination of three positions and addition of nine front-line and police personnel, including a Compliance Administrator to ensure full compliance with the Shakman Decree;
- An intergovernmental agreement with Cook County government allowing the County to perform the Secretary of the Board and Intergovernmental Affairs functions. The two positions previously responsible for these duties are not funded in this budget; and
- The creation of three new programs, all focused on creating new opportunities for volunteers and potential preserve partner organizations.
All of the documents relating to the FY 2011 Executive Budget Recommendation, including the proposed budget and the President’s full speech, are available to be viewed at the Cook County Forest Preserve District's website.`Budget and Financial*Outdoor Recreation*None*None`Budget and Management Services*Forest Preserves*None*Office of the President`Newspaper Article
Sweet Home Cook County exhibit now on display`01/27/2011`Import Author`
An exhibit from Cook County Clerk David Orr's office showcasing Cook County's native celebrities and their achievements is now on display in the Daley Center concourse.
The Sweet Home Cook County exhibit fills 12 display cases in the Pedway between City Hall and the Daley Center. It features photos, a timeline and memorabilia for history-makers from Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, Nobel Prize-winning author Ernest Hemingway and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson.
A great many cultural giants were born right here, Orr said. It's a legacy we shouldn't take for granted. What's more, we've dug up the trivia showing how many of them are connected to one another by films, jobs or their hometowns.
The Sweet Home Cook County exhibit is also available as an online database where curious fans, librarians and teachers can explore brief biographies of nearly 150 home-grown celebrities. The database also links people together by their year of birth, hospital where they were born, schools they attended and their hometown.
The Clerk's Bureau of Vital Records maintains the birth records of these notables among its 27 million vital records dating back to 1871.
Whether you're a fan of music, art, literature, politics or sports, Sweet Home Cook County will provide you plenty of hometown pride, Orr said.
We want this exhibit to inspire others to dig up their own roots, Orr added. Through the Clerk's Genealogy Online -- a portal to all of Cook County's genealogical birth, death and marriage records -- genealogists can piece together the past.
Under Illinois law, genealogical records are defined as:
- Birth certificates older than 75 years;
- Marriage certificates older than 50 years;
- Death certificates older than 20 years.
Sweet Home Cook County will remain in the Daley Center concourse until March 24. The Sweet Home Cook County website, with additional photos and short biographies, will remain available indefinitely. A video of the display is posted on YouTube.`None`None`Newspaper Article
Cook County Board President outlines budget plan for 2011`02/01/2011`Import Author`
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is committed to transparency and accountability in every aspect of County government.
This Web page provides you with the information you need to learn more about President Preckwinkle’s 2011 Executive Budget Recommendation and the budget process.
Click here to find the entire 2011 Budget Recommendation
NEW - Amendments to the Tentative Appropriation Ordinance
Click here to view the President's Office FY2011 Budget Summary (PDF)
Click here to see the schedule of 2011 Budget public meetings and hearings.
Click here to ask your question about the 2011 budget to Kurt Summers, Chief of Staff to Toni Preckwinkle
Watch video the President's Budget Address (YouTube)
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Sweet Home Cook County exhibit now on display`02/01/2011`Import Author`
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announces that due to the severe winter storm and hazardous travel conditions, Cook County is in a state of emergency and County employees under the jurisdiction of the Office of the President – except those performing essential services required to provide for the public health and safety of our residents or are required for the continuity of government functions- are instructed to stay home on Wednesday, February 2, 2011. Regular County operations will resume on Thursday, February 3, 2011. County employees with questions should contact their Department Head or Bureau Chief for more information.
Cook County remains committed to the continuation of essential government functions during this state of emergency. The Cook County Highway Department, the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and the Department of Facilities Management are among the Departments will assist in the continuation of services. All other non-essential offices will be closed and services shall resume on February 3, 2011.
Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is on stand-by and ready to respond to emergencies within Cook County. DHSEM is also asking that responders be cognizant when outdoors and contact the county's 9-1-1 center for assistance if a resident within Cook County requires the use of one of 30 warming centers. Cook County municipalities requiring Cook County or Illinois resources throughout the storm can call (312) 603-8180.
President Preckwinkle requests that the separately elected officials of Cook County and the Independent Health and Hospitals System engage in measures to ensure the continuity of all essential services and if feasible, instruct staff that are not required to perform essential services to remain home on Wednesday, February 2, 2011. Health care services will be available as directed by the Independent Health and Hospitals System and the various Cook County Hospitals shall remain open.
President Preckwinkle encourages drivers to stay off the roads where possible and remain home during this winter storm.`None*None`None*Office of the President`Newspaper Article
Nominate Your Community Leader to be a "2011 Community Changer"`01/31/2011`Import Author`
By March 1, 2011, all businesses in unicorporated Cook County will be required to hold a General Business License, or GBL. The purpose of the GBL is to ensure businesses operating in Unincorporated Cook County, are in compliance with public health and public safety standards, as well as with all other County ordinances. This will prevent illegal businesses from negatively influencing legitimate commerce and protect consumers from bad business practices.
Cook County Government has made applying and paying for the license as easy as possible, in this digital world. Business owners can apply and pay for the license online. Click to view the video below for a step-by-step overview of how to apply for the Cook County General Business License:
Click here for the main General Business License information page
Click here if you're a first-time applicant and are ready to apply for the GBL
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Cook County offices to resume full operations`02/02/2011`Import Author`From ABC-7 News Chicago--Chicago is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit.
The Chinese Mutual Aid Association hosted a Chinese New Year celebration at Truman College.
In addition to the traditional lion dance, there were activities for kids.
Sen. Dick Durbin, Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Comptroller Judy Barr Topinka and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle were just some of the dignitaries on hand.
I just wanted to say for the record, when the president of China was choosing places to visit, he visited Washington, D.C., and Chicago, Illinois! Durbin said.
I've always thought that Chicago's strength was its great racial and ethnic diversity, it's enriched our city and made it stronger. So I'm happy to be here to celebrate, Preckwinkle said.
The Chinese Mutual Aid Association serves more than 10,000 immigrants and refugees through its offices in Uptown.
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President Preckwinkle, Sheriff Dart discuss 2011 county budgets on WTTW-11's "Chicago Tonight"`02/08/2011`Import Author`From the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce--New Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle addressed the members of the Chamber Board of Directors at the Board meeting held on Thursday, January 27th. President Preckwinkle highlighted some of the challenges she and her staff have faced during the first fifty days of her presidency. She acknowledged that many of the problems with the County’s bureaucratic structure and budget situation turned out to be much worse than anticipated.
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Cook County Assessor Berrios Mails Property Tax Exemption Applications to Seniors`02/08/2011`Import Author`