Plan would get rid of unincorporated areas of Cook Co.

April 30, 2012 3:34:57 PM PDT
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle wants to get rid of unincorporated areas of Cook County to save money.

Preckwinkle said Monday the county can no longer afford to provide services for the 98,000 people living in those areas. She wants nearby towns and villages to annex the county's unincorporated land into their borders. Those municipalities would pick up costs such as police protection and animal control.

"Accomplishing this goal over time will result in financial savings for the county. And the need for for such services will hopefully be reduced," said Preckwinkle.

Preckwinkle put together a task force to study the issue after a previous proposal would have charged residents of unincorporated areas an extra tax for police protection and other services.