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Cook County commissioners approve $6.94B FY21 budget

The Cook County Board of Commissioners approved Tuesday a balanced $6.94 billion FY2021 budget developed through an equity lens and aimed at advancing work on criminal justice reform, public health, infrastructure and economic development without the need to increase existing taxes. The 17-0 vote approving the budget follows a month of departmental hearings, commissioner questions and public meetings.

“This is a balanced budget, without tax increases, that makes millions of dollars in important equity investments made possible because of our hard work, tough decisions and avoiding quick fixes,” said board President Toni Preckwinkle. “We’ve . . .

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