Preckwinkle's first executive order aims to curb spending

December 13, 2010 (CHICAGO)

She issued her first executive order imposing a moratorium on non-essential capital and professional service contracts.

Preckwinkle says the moratorium is a cornerstone of a much needed overhaul on county spending strategies and that it's the first step toward ending waste in the county.

"The capital moratorium could save tens of millions of dollars, according to analysis conducted by my transition team and staff," Preckwinkle said. "It will offload bad contracts and lay the groundwork for a more strategic approach to capital and professional service spending."

The order affects only non-essential projects.

Exceptions have been made for projects affecting public health, safety, regulatory requirements or where projects are contingent on a commitment from outside funding such as matching grants.

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