Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has asked all county officials to make the 21 percent cuts by Thursday.
"We have shut buildings down, saving $11 million. We have taken furlough days. We have been in the trenches at the forefront of doing cuts in county government. I challenge any other office to do what we have done in the last four years," Sheriff Dart said.
The county faces a budget deficit of about half a million dollars. Preckwinkle told officers if they didn't make the cuts, she would do it for them. Preckwinkle says she will submit a balanced budget whether or not she gets help from all the leaders. She calls it "shared sacrifice" and says everyone has to do their part.