Cook County Budget Starts FY 2013 With A $270 Million Deficit
By aaroncynic in News on Jun 29, 2012 7:20PM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. (Image via Preckwinkle's Facebook page.)
Yesterday's ruling on health care by the Supreme Court could work in Cook County's financial favor. Preckwinkle said the County could receive tens of millions of dollars in federal Medicaid money. The Board President also said that "anything is on the table" to help fill the budget hole. She said the County would enact a partial hiring freeze and that pension reform could help as well. Preckwinkle said “we believe these steps will aid us in our efforts to present a balanced budget to the Cook County Board in October, but we know that there is much more work to do in the coming weeks," NBC5 reports.
Though plenty of people have laid the County's problems on Todd Stroger, he told reporters earlier this week that Preckwinkle needs to look in the mirror. The Sun Times reports Stroger said “I can’t take the blame for what’s going on — what is it? — 18 months after I’m gone."