CHICAGO
12/11/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Chicago May Consolidate Election Offices

The city of Chicago could save money by transferring its election board's responsibilties to Cook County. Mayor Richard Daley says he's open to the idea. But others are skeptical it can be done.

A commission created by the mayor is suggesting merging the election offices to save the city money. Cook County Clerk David Orr says the idea has been around for years. Orr manages elections in suburban Cook County while the city of Chicago has its own Board of Election. Orr says wanting to combine the two is natural.

ORR: I think the biggest thing is everyone is aware of the tremendous financial crunches we're in, so things like this should be looked at like all aspects of government should be looked at.

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