CHICAGO -- For the second year in a row, Cook County, Ill., Board president Richard Phelan has proposed a budget that calls for no new debt and no property tax increases, despite ongoing plans to build a massive new county hospital.

The $2.2 billion budget proposed by the outgoing board president yesterday includes $7 million for the construction of a new juvenile corrections center, $24 million to complete the design and planning for the new Cook County Hospital, and $40 million to construct a new hospital for county inmates. It would also fund additional judges, prosecutors, and public defenders for new child abuse and juvenile delinquency courtrooms.

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