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Maintaining her commitment to government transparency and accountability, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is encouraging the public to participate in a series of upcoming hearings on the recently proposed Fiscal Year 2015 budget.

Preckwinkle’s proposed budget contains no new taxes, fines or fees for the second consecutive year, continues the transformation of the Cook County Health and Hospitals System (CCHHS), takes a strategic approach to real estate management, holds the line on positions (which remain 8% below the start of the administration), and works to improve public safety.

“An engaged citizenry is an essential part of the budget process,” Preckwinkle said. “I am proud to present a balanced budget with no new taxes, fines and fees, and welcome public input. By attending a hearing or submitting a question, residents can play an important role in the budget process.”

Preckwinkle is soliciting public input at four meetings throughout Cook County in October. Organized and directed by Cook County Finance Chairman John P. Daley, the meetings provide residents with the opportunity to have their voices heard and learn more about the proposed budget unveiled on October 9.

“These hearings are designed to provide the public with an opportunity to weigh in on the County budget,” Daley said. “I am looking forward to hosting these meetings and receiving feedback from residents.”

Anyone interested in speaking at a public hearing is encouraged to register at surveymonkey.com/s/H5YVLLK.  Speakers will be allowed three minutes to address the Cook County Board of Commissioners. Speakers with written testimony or any additional materials for the committee to consider are asked to bring 20 copies and email any remarks to cookcounty.board@cookcountyil.gov.

In an effort to allow the public to review budget documents and engage with her office directly, President Preckwinkle has posted all budget information to the Cook County Budget website. She is also encouraging residents to submit questions directly to her by visiting cookcountyil.gov/budget/tell-toni/

or tweeting @ToniPreckwinkle using the hashtag #CCBudget2015.

Schedule of budget hearing times and locations:

·                 Friday, October 17, 2014 at 9 a.m. – Cook County Building, 118 N. Clark St., Chicago

·                 Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. – Markham Courthouse, 16501 S. Kedzie Pkwy., Markham

·                 Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. – Maywood Courthouse, 1500 Maybrook Ave., Maywood

·                 Monday, October 27, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. – Skokie Courthouse, 5600 Old Orchard Rd., Skokie

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