Â Letters to EditorÂ Â
“Since announcing my campaign for Cook County Board President in December of 2008, I have been committed to repealing the sales tax increase.Â From Day 1, my focus will be on working to make that a reality.Â Â I have already pledged to immediately take a 10% pay cut and call for a comprehensive personnel audit, beginning with the Office of the President.Â Â
“Since Feb. 2nd, we have put a lot of energy into trying to figure out what we are heading into. At this point, it has been suggested that we could be looking at a huge deficit next year.Â It would be irresponsible to cut resources without knowing more about the state of the County’s financial condition.Â I am committed to filling any budget gaps without burdening the people of .
“As Cook County Board President, my focus from Day 1 will be implementing responsible spending practices, eliminating waste and inefficiencies, and looking for non-tax resources so that we can repeal the remainder of the sales tax.
“Repealing the sales tax, while cleaning up corruption and providing services more effectively will feel like we’re fixing the plane while we’re flying it, but I am confident we will meet these challenges.”