Republican rival Keats accused Preckwinkle of laying the groundwork to abandon her campaign promise and, instead, preserve the status quo in county government.
“Did anyone really think that a 20-year incumbent alderman and ward committeeman who took $200,000 in the primary from the union that represents county bureaucrats was really going to cut taxes? Come on,” Keats said.
“If you go from an insider like Todd Stroger to an insider like Toni Preckwinkle, things are never gonna change. It’s like taking the up elevator on the Titanic.”
Keats called the projection of a $500 million shortfall “concocted by people who don’t want change.”
If you keep all the labor contracts and keep all 23,000 employees, it might be $250 million,” Keats said. But, he added, “I’m gonna change the way we run that place.”
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