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Cook County Board Commissioner Larry Suffredin of Evanston will hold a hearing next month on the county’s feral cat ordinance, which has been on the books for five years and allows feral cats to be returned to the wild after they have been neutered, Evanston Now reported. The debate has heated up between bird and cat lovers. Bird advocates are pushing for euthanization of feral cats, citing a study that shows cats kill 2.4 billion birds and 12.3 billion mammals annually, DNAInfo.com reported. Donna Alexander, head of the Department of Animal and Rabies Control, says the ordinance has been successful managing the feral cat population, Evanston Now reported.
Some see northern suburbs feeling little effect. Others are not so sure.
A preliminary projected Cook County budget shortfall of more than $315 million sent County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and the commissioners scrambling to find a solution before the first public hearing on the 2012 budget Thursday. With two thirds of the budget spent on health care and the criminal justice system, the impact on north suburban communities like Glencoe, Winnetka, Kenilworth, Wilmette, Glenview, Northbrook and Des Plaines may be less painful than it will for those who more directly use county services, according to Commissioner Larry Suffredin (D-Evanston). Preckwinkle, Suffredin, Commissioner Gregg Goslin (R-Glenview) and Commissioner Elizabeth Gorman (R-Orland Park), who represents Des Plaines, all made it clear …