Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle last week said the two governments saved $20.5 million by collaborating in some areas over the last six months of 2011.

The two established the Joint Committee on City-County Collaboration last March to look at ways the two governments could streamline services and reduce costs. The committee issued a report last June detailing 19 areas ripe for collaboration that could save between $66 million to $140 million by 2014.

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