The Cook County budget covers a huge amount of spending. There are 17 commissioners with relatively small staffs. Few of the commissioners or staff members have great expertise in accounting, budgets and audits.
The commissioners should get money to hire outside accounting expertise to review the budget submitted by the president. This would be a spending increase, but it would also achieve two important goals:
1. The budget would get scrutinized better.
2. The commissioners would better understand the budget.
Ideally, this would make Cook County government work better.