The Cook County Board of Commissioners spent about two hours discussing a contract expansion for the county Sheriff’s Office before voting 14-3 to approve the item.

Cook County commissioners on Thursday spent nearly two hours locked in a tense and at-times chaotic debate before voting to approve a $13 million contract for the county Sheriff’s Office to expand its stockpile of tracking devices for detainees released on electronic monitoring. The conversation opened into a wider skirmish over commissioners’ scrutiny of the sheriff’s office as part of the county’s murky ongoing effort to wind down its spending on law enforcement.

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