Cook County Commissioners will meet for brief committee hearings before launching into its amendment debate and approval of Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s $4.4 billion FY2017 budget. That budget includes a beverage tax approved on the slimmest of margins last week, a pledge to freeze taxes until FY2019, and a boost in county transportation dollars (including a menu-like program to allocate $500,000 per commissioner for district projects).

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