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(Chicago Sun Times) — Vowing it’s “a new day in Cook County,” newly minted Board President Toni Preckwinkle wielded a big ax Monday, sending dozens of staffers tied to her predecessor packing and setting a deadline of 2013 to cut an unpopular county sales tax hike.  And that was just her first day on the job.“  As I’ve traveled the county, a single theme has emerged from the residents of every region and every walk of life. That theme is a need for change, for a new day in Cook County,” Preckwinkle said Monday after being sworn in as the first woman elected County Board president.

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