To make up for revenue lost after the soda tax was repealed last year, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle proposed hundreds of employee layoffs.
With ever-dwindling county population, the question of how the county digs itself out of the red lingers.
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Preckwinkle has faced criticism for her support of Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios after reporting from the Chicago Tribune and ProPublica Illinois revealed an error-ridden tax assessment system that unfairly burdens low-income homeowners in predominantly minority areas.
Fioretti is a vocal critic of Mayor Rahm Emanuel – his home was left out of the 2nd Ward’s remapping in 2012 – and he’s been equally critical of his Preckwinkle’s ill-fated soda tax and reinstatement of a 1-percent sales tax that she campaigned on repealing in 2010. But Fioretti has offered few specifics for generating much-needed county cash.
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