Cook County government: Preckwinkle and pensions

Like her counterpart at City Hall, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle hopes to persuade state lawmakers to help her stabilize the county's underfunded public pension system. Preckwinkle can look forward to winning a second term; she faces no Democratic primary opposition and so far no Republicans are challenging her in November. She could end up with some controversial company, as two former federal prison inmates are running for County Board seats. She also hopes to gain more control over the jail detainee population so she can put more people charged with nonviolent crimes on electronic monitoring instead of housing them in the jail at a higher cost. -- Hal Dardick
Zbigniew Bzdak, Chicago Tribune
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