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Forest Preserve to be Reorganized, Updated: Preckwinkle

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Oct. 12, 2011: Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle says changes will be coming to the Forest Preserve District to make it more efficient and accountable to taxpayers.

Changes will soon be coming to the Cook County Forest Preserve District to make it more efficient and more accountable to taxpayers, Board President Toni Preckwinkle said Wednesday.

Among the more than 100 recommendations including in the desk audit: providing email addresses to all employees, instituting annual job performance reviews and evaluations and outlining clear job descriptions.

"Let's make no mistake about it, this desk audit is tough but fair in its critique of the forest preserve's core structure, strategy and operations," said Preckwinkle.

General Superintendent Arnold Randall, who conducted the desk audit, said the district's technology was woefully inadequate.

He said some employees were likely using their own computers to do their jobs because the county's equipment was so old.

"We're the forest preserve, so we don't need to be a university, he said. "But frankly, technology helps."

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