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Precwinkle, Fioretti Draw Battle Lines as Cook County Board Presidential Election Heats Up – NBC Chicago

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He ran against Toni Preckwinkle as a Democrat four years earlier, but in this election, former Chicago Aldo. I am running.

The two candidates are divided on many topics, including the county’s response to the pandemic and strategies for fighting crime.

Prekwinkle said Cook County received $1 billion in federal COVID relief money, but those funds were meant to invest in people rather than pay off debt.

This week, she’s pushing a new program focused on mental health, telling reporters, “We’re taking extra care to make impactful investments that don’t burden taxpayers when funds run out. I came,” he said.

Fioretti has a different vision of how the funds should be spent.

“[We]can give some of that COVID money to give job training to people who need it, give them the right kind of training, and get them a wage they can live on. I will make it possible,” he said.

The difference is not limited to the response to the new coronavirus. Fioretti has criticized the controversial “SAFE-T law” in Illinois, which ends his cash bail on January 1. Prekwinkle has agreed to the new policy.

“I think we have shown that this works well and is fair to those who participate in the impoverished and underresourced criminal justice system,” she said.

The “SAFE-T Act” allows judges to send defendants to prison on trial based on criteria that include evaluating whether the defendant is an escape risk or poses a danger to criminals. You can decide to accommodate or not. Individuals or the community as a whole, if released.

Another issue in the minutes was the treatment of immigrants traveling by bus from Texas to the Chicago area. Nearly 3,100 immigrants have just arrived in the Chicago area, and Preckwinkle says the current budget can absorb the costs, but she’s seeking more federal help.

Fioretti argues that not enough information has been shared to make a proper assessment and more transparency is needed.

“Who fits? The county bills everyone who comes here, but we don’t even know the number,” he said.

Preckwinkle also provided public assistance to troubled state attorney Kim Foxx, who is dealing with a staffing shortage, as it has seen 235 prosecutors and staff resign in the past 15 months.

Cook County Attorney Kim Foxx is facing a high turnover rate at her firm, with hundreds of staff leaving in just one year. NBC 5 political reporter Mary Ann Ahern tells the story.

“I think state attorneys have set a completely different direction than their predecessors. Some people aren’t on board with that. If they’re not on board with that, good thing they’re gone.” Ask me,’ she said.

It’s unclear if Preckwinkle and Fioretti will debate before the February 28 city council general election, but Preckwinkle has so far turned down invitations to debate.

“Elections are about the future, how we treat our citizens, how we make sure we all have a good life here,” Fioretti said.

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