2022 Cook County Budget
Cook County provides vital public health and public safety services to its over five million residents.
In October, President Toni Preckwinkle presented to the Cook County Board of Commissioners a proposed $8 billion Executive Budget Recommendation for Fiscal Year 2022. Despite the immense financial challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the recommended budget is balanced, does not include any new taxes or fees, and does not cut critical services.
In the coming year, Cook County will use nearly a quarter of the billion American Rescue Plan Act dollars to fund programs in alignment with the Cook County Policy Roadmap. While the County’s planning continues and estimates are subject to change, President Preckwinkle provided a snapshot of how federal relief funding will be spent.
Since taking office, Commissioner Morrison’s top priorities have been supporting small businesses, increasing access to mental health services, and protecting the environment. He is pleased the budget recommends federal relief funding for several programs in these areas, including:
- $80 million to fund economic development initiatives like cash assistance programs and a guaranteed income pilot, short and long-term housing support, workforce development program expansions and assistance to small businesses.
- $60 million toward healthcare and access initiatives like increased behavioral health and mental health programming.
- $60 million for equity and justice initiatives like alternatives to 911 for mental health crises, expansion of permanent housing for re-entry populations and expansion of violence prevention programs and support for youth and young adults.
- $40 million on high priority infrastructure projects like investing in digital equity through broadband infrastructure expansion.
- $20 million for environmental projects like pollution prevention and hazard mitigation programs.
- $27 million for regional programs such as Suburban Local Jurisdiction Technical Assistance and a Suburban Capital Infrastructure Fund.