05/19/2010 04:28 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Toni Preckwinkle Won't Roll Back Stroger Sales Tax Until 2012, Blames Bad Economy

It seems that campaign promises are made to be broken. But at least Democratic nominee for Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is letting people know that her promise to roll back the Todd Stroger sales tax won't happen--not right away, at least.

"I see ahead a very, very difficult budget year," Preckwinkle told reporters at a Wednesday news conference, the Chicago Tribune reports:

That's because budget experts told her next year's shortfall could reach $500 million due to a poor economy, elimination of federal stimulus cash and the already-approved half-cent sales tax reduction.

Though Preckwinkle did pledge to roll back Stroger's sales tax, which brought Chicago's sales tax rate to 10.25 percent--the highest in the country--she said the county is heading "into a buzzsaw" and she won't be able to cut the tax right away if elected. She faces Republican Roger Keats and Green Party candidate Tom Tresser in the Nov. 2 election.

All this, while Todd Stroger decorates his office and gives contracts to his pals.

NBC Chicago reports:

Asked whether the earliest she could implement a rollback would be 2012, Preckwinkle said "Yes, I would say. Why walking in the door would I complicate an extremely complicated situation."

WATCH Preckwinkle discuss the sales tax here:

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