The second day of Cook County budget hearings kicks off with one of the most anticipated meetings of the session: the Sheriff’s Office. Not only have Sheriff Tom Dart and Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s administration recently sparred over contracts for jail guards and the costs of overtime, but many are questioning why Dart’s staff numbers have risen while jail population has dropped. Dart has also refused to issue a budget plan reflecting a 10% cut, arguing it’s too dangerous and costly.

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