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    Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle gives her 2023 budget address during a special board of commissioners meeting on Thursday. [Cook County Board of Commissioners Livestream]

    Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle presented her proposed 2023 spending plan in a speech before the county board of commissioners Thursday morning, touting the $8.75 billion budget as a bold investment in addressing economic insecurity and the root causes of violence.

    Preckwinkle noted the spending plan has been bolstered by a federal injection of pandemic relief dollars, which will allow the county to launch an array of new programs, including a basic income pilot the board president announced she intends to make permanent.

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