Preckwinkle to lay off 1,000 in budget

October 24, 2011 1:39:57 PM PDT
In an effort to balance a $3 billion budget, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is looking for ways to increase revenue.

Under a budget proposal she plans to announce Tuesday, more than 1,000 county government employees could be laid off unless labor unions agree to unpaid furlough days.

The plan also includes requiring everyone to pay to park at the county's five suburban courthouses, as well as at the main criminal courts building at 26th and California.

In addition, wholesale alcohol taxes would increase and cigarette taxes would expand to all tobacco products.

And, residents of unincorporated cook county could see a new tax applied to them to help pay for county services they currently receive, such as police services provided by the sheriff's office.

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