Cong. Danny Davis discusses the impact of an ACA repeal at a press availability on July 11, 2017.

Layoff notices to more than 1,100 county employees will begin rolling out next week, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle told reporters at a media availability at Stroger Hospital on Tuesday morning. Those layoffs, plus non-personnel spending “holdbacks”, will make up for the $67 million the county is missing in anticipated sweetened beverage tax revenues in FY2017 and $200 million in FY2018. Making matters worse, the County has projected a $98 million budget shortfall for FY2018. President Preckwinkle said those layoffs are “inevitable” and will hit doctors, nurses, public defenders, and sheriff’s officers this fiscal quarter. “The crisis is real so the cuts must be real,” she said.

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