CHICAGO — The board of Cook County, Ill. Friday approved a $2.9 billion fiscal 2013 budget as the county prepares to enter the market with up to $300 million of refunding bonds by the end of the month.

The county's finance team had planned to price the bonds the week of Nov. 12, but opted to delay it to give the board of commissioners time to approve a final spending plan, according to county Chief Financial Officer Tariq Malhance.

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