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On this edition of WSIU InFocus, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, the first woman to head Cook County government, talks with Jak Tichenor about how she has tried to bring fiscal responsibility, innovative leadership, transparency and accountability, and improved services to the citizens of Cook County.
Preckwinkle oversees the second largest county in the United States, with more than five million residents and an annual budget of $2.9-billion. The former high school teacher talks about her early interest in politics growing up in Minneapolis and how it launched her career as a community activist whom eventually won an aldermanic seat on the Chicago City Council. She describes the challenges she has encountered as Board President, erasing millions of dollars in red ink while maintaining public health and safety services for county residents, growing jobs, and improving relations between the many diverse cultures and communities within the County's borders. Preckwinkle also gives insight into the complex relationship between Cook County and the City of Chicago and how issues like gun violence impact the lives of her constituents.
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