Emanuel: Chicago, Cook Co. saved $20.5 M

February 7, 2012 3:17:54 PM PST
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Board President Tony Preckwinkle said Tuesday their governments worked together to save $20.5 million.

"This is $20 million of savings for the taxpayers. It is their hard earned money. The next step for $20 million is going to be harder and we have to be all the smarter, all the more effective and more disciplined in achieving these savings," Mayor Emanuel said.

Last March, Emanuel and Preckwinkle established a city-county committee to recommend ways to streamline services, improve residents' interactions with government and reduce costs. The committee predicts the effort can help both Chicago and Cook County save $140 million by next year.