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The Deborah Sawyer Diversity Award
 
2017 Award Recipient
 
 

Toni Preckwinkle

Board President, Cook County

 

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has been a dedicated leader for over two decades. She has worked with the Board of Commissioners, elected officials and County employees to implement major reform and reshape County government through fiscal responsibility, innovative leadership, transparency and accountability, and improved services.

Since taking office in 2010, President Preckwinkle has rebuilt the credibility of County government, solving for more than $1.6 billion in budget deficits. She established the County’s first performance management initiative to demand more accountability from County operations and employees.

President Preckwinkle has a broad policy agenda focusing on critical public safety reform, strengthening the County’s health care system, and increasing the capacity and capability of economic development efforts.

President Preckwinkle is also president of the Forest Preserves of Cook County, a separate governmental body. The FPCC is one of the oldest and largest forest preserve districts in the country, spanning 69,000 acres, which comprise 11 percent of the County’s footprint.

Before being elected Cook County Board President, Preckwinkle served 19 years as Alderman of the 4th Ward. Prior to holding elected office, President Preckwinkle taught high school history for 10 years. She is the mother of two and the grandmother of three.