Activists call for alternative Cook County ‘Budget for Black Lives’

As Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and the board grapple with how to pay for services with drastically depleted funds, a group of activists say they know a good place to start: Slash funding for Cook County Jail. Groups such as Black Lives Matter Chicago and several South Side pastors want $157 million cut from Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart’s budget…About $47 million the single largest portion of the proposed “Budget for Black Lives” would go toward increasing rental assistance subsidies already provided by the Housing Authority of Cook County. Another $39.7 million would be added to the county’s health system budget, to offset $55 million in proposed cuts, the activists say. About $10.5 million would fund restorative justice and violence prevention programs.