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Thursday, January 25, 2007

GOV, Markham meeting about county cutting spending

NBC-5 has video of the meeting of the County Board (minus Board President Todd Stroger) at the Markham courthouse.

Daily Southtown (William Lee):
The furor over proposed cutbacks in Cook County government’s 2006-07 budget moved south Monday night, as hundreds of disgruntled county workers filled the county courthouse in Markham to oppose the plan.

County Board President Todd Stroger wasn’t among the 13 county commissioners who attended the sometimes raucous meeting in a basement conference room at the courthouse. Tuesday’s meeting was the first of several public hearings on the budget plan.

One pastor complained that he felt stabbed in the back after working to get Stroger elected.

There was a complaint about the county spending money to build a clinic in Ford Heights only to save money by closing it.

(BTW, I think this is pretty typical of politicians. They are far more attuned to the benefits of building or demolishing infrastructure than to actually providing quality services.)

Illinois Dem Net has the details on a hearing tonight at the Skokie courthouse.

Will there be one at Maybrook?

[UPDATE: The Maybrook meeting will be on January 30. What would you like to say about Stroger's proposed budget cuts?]

2 Comments:

  • Todd Stroger has turned out to be the worst thing that could of happened to Cook County. His Chief of Staff Lance Tyson is just as bad if not worse.
    I really feel for Tom Dart. Todd Stroger & handler Lance Tyson are really asking the impossible. Both of these guys make more money than Tom Dart and work less hours. Lance Tyson is still working full time at his law firm Tyson Hill Strong LLC.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:13 PM, January 25, 2007  

  • Does anyone remember when the campaign was going on and all the media and political pundits were declaring how much the county workforce needed to be slashed because of this huge deficit? Peraica absolutely laughed off the possibility that Mr. Stroger would even dare cut a dime. Now that Stroger has to deal with this huge deficit people who want to protect their asses are screaming bloody murder. Mr. Stroger doesn't want anyone to lose their job, but what other choice does he have if the public absolutely doesn't want their taxes increased. The unions and the critics are trying to have it both ways. This problem can't be placed on President Stroger's lap. He just got in there and is attempting to do what needs to be done to prevent this budget issue from recurring year after year. There needs to be some cuts and some restructuring. People are just resistant to change as usual.

    By Anonymous Stop the rhetoric, at 12:01 PM, January 28, 2007  

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