Stroger program aims to improve county government

January 12, 2010 3:22:27 PM PST
Cook County Board President Todd Stroger is revving up a program designed to cut costs and improve efficiencies in the county government. Stroger was joined by county financial officials while detailing what he calls the "Optima" program, which is projected to deliver $300 million in productivity gains over the next three years.

Officials say that will be done through revenue enhancements and various cost saving measures.

"What we are doing is transforming how we do business. I think many municipalities would benefit from thinking about how they do business, so this will get at the heart of those thing we find critically available to rationalize, but they're not unique to Cook County," said Jaye Morgan Williams, Cook County C.F.O.

When questioned whether the timing of the cost-saving program was politically motivated, President Stroger said, "No."

Stroger is running for re-election in the Democratic primary next month against Toni Preckwinkle, Terrance O'Brien and Dorothy Brown.