How are your tax dollars used?

The Cook County Budget for 2024 is $9.26 billion dollars. This money goes towards services for Cook County’s 5.17 million residents. Below is a breakdown of how Cook County receives the $9.26 billion dollars, and how it is spent.

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The majority of our spending goes to the Cook County Health and Hospital System, which is also our largest revenue source. Cook County Hospitals work to provide social services and medical care that focuses on treating the person as a whole. Cook County also provides healthcare for qualifying residents. Members have access to 4,500 primary care providers, 20,000 specialists and 70 hospitals throughout Cook County. County Care covers doctor and hospital visits, dental and vision care, prescriptions and much more. Members also have access to behavioral health services like therapy and substance-use disorder treatment.To find more information about County healthcare and how you can get coverage, visit here. 

Public Safety is the second largest budget expenditure item. Cook County provides services for the protection of persons and property through the provision of a court system, a jail system, a Sheriff police force, prosecution, and public defense. The County operates the second largest unified court system in the United States (which hears civil, criminal, and administrative cases), the second largest prosecutor’s office in the nation (which is responsible for the prosecution of all misdemeanor and felony crimes committed in the County), and one of the largest criminal defense firms in the Country with over 500 attorneys charged with representing every type of criminal offense and child protection violation. The Cook County Department of Corrections is one of the largest single-site pretrial detention facilities in the United States.

The Cook County Justice Advisory Council (JAC) provides grants to organizations throughout Cook County working in the areas of Violence Prevention, Recidivism Reduction, and Restorative Justice. These programs work to reduce crime in our communities. The Public Guardian’s Office works to protect our most vulnerable citizens. It has three divisions. The Juvenile Division employs lawyers for abused and neglected children. The Adult Guardianship Division protects adults with disabilities and their estates. The Domestic Relations Division represents children in highly contested custody cases. If you would like to learn more, or know someone who may benefit from the services of a Public Guardian, visit, or call our office at 312-603-6380. 

For a deeper dive into the Cook County Budget click HERE

Remember: we get what we pay for.