County board: state should pick up special election tab

December 17, 2008 5:17:52 PM PST
The state of Illinois should foot the bill if lawmakers approve a special election to fill President-elect Obama's Senate seat.That's the stance taken on Wednesday by the Cook County Board of Commissioners.

The body approved a resolution requiring the state to pick up the tab in the event of a special election.

"If it doest come to fact that we have any type of special election that 100 percent be incurred by the state to take it off our backs which obviously we don't have the funds to do," said Cmsr. Liz Gorman, 17th District.

Cook County's share of a statewide special election is estimated at $6 million.