Preckwinkle: Cook County facing ‘difficult and challenging’ $82 million budget shortfall

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Cook County is facing an $82 million deficit next fiscal year, setting the stage for what will be a “difficult and challenging” budget season, board President Toni Preckwinkle said Monday. County officials are planning to offset the budget hole by cutting spending without introducing new fees or taxes, a sharp contrast to last year’s heated controversy over the sweetened beverage tax, which was later overturned.