CHICAGO - The Cook County, Ill., Board of Commissioners Friday passed a nearly $3 billion 2009 budget that whittles down board President Todd Stroger's proposed $740 million of borrowing to just under $300 million.

The compromise spending plan reduced Stroger's proposed budget to $2.9 billion from $2.94 billion and includes across-the-board spending cuts, no tax increases, and $47 million in expected federal stimulus funds.

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