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(Chicago Tribune) — Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinklelauded several county officials Wednesday for buying in to her plan to slash spending, even as a trio of her colleagues weren’t totally sold on the idea. The new head of county government is asking for 16 percent budget cuts, but it remains unclear whether the state’s attorney, sheriff and circuit court clerk will meet the Friday deadline she set for ideas on how to get there. Those three offices account for about a third of the county budget, which Preckwinkle estimates is more than $480 million short.

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