Cook Co. Board Pres. Preckwinkle grades herself

March 16, 2011 3:09:49 PM PDT
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle released a report card Wednesday on her first 100 days in office.

She says she has done pretty well. Preckwinkle says she's guided by four goals: fiscal responsibility, innovative leadership, transparency, and improved services. She stressed that she focused on finances because she inherited a budget deficit.

"Despite a roughly $500 million deficit, we balanced the fiscal year 2011 budget," Preckwinkle said. "This budget included a provision to fully roll back the sales tax increase by cutting it 1/4 of 1 percent in January of 2012, and 1/4 of 1percent in January, 2013."

Preckwinkle says her big challenge is providing good services with fewer resources.