Suffredin- An Advocate for All of Us  

Forest Preserves
Public Safety
Cook County Budget
Forest Pres. Budget
Property Tax Appeal
Health & Hospitals
Land Bank Authority
Policy Resolutions
Unsung Heroine


  Office phone numbers:  

The Cook County Code of Ordinances are the current laws of Cook County.


Search current and proposed Cook County Legislation in Larry's exclusive legislative library.

  Cook County is the second most populous county in the nation. It is the 19th largest government in the U.S.

Board gives Stroger until July to decide

Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Chicago Tribune
by Mickey Ciokajlo

ribune staff reporter Gary Washburn contributed to this report

Cook County commissioners on Tuesday declined to take any steps toward replacing ailing board President John Stroger and urged him to stick to the July deadline his family laid out for a decision about his future.

Commissioner Bobbie Steele (D-Chicago), who previously had urged Stroger to make a decision before July, changed gears and urged the board to give him time.

"I would recommend that all of these amendments go away until after we've heard from the Stroger family. July is just around the corner," said Steele, who has presented herself as a potential interim replacement. "We've waited this long, what's the urgency? The sky is not falling."

Chicago Ald. Todd Stroger (8th), Stroger's son, has said a decision about his father's future would be made in July, though he has not specified a date.

Stroger, 77, had a serious stroke March 14, one week before the Democratic primary in which he was nominated to seek a fourth term. Stroger has not made a public appearance since then.

Pressed by reporters Tuesday, Todd Stroger said his father has been released from a hospital, where he was taken June 8 after suffering complications from the stroke.

However, he declined to say whether his father was taken to the condo where he was recently living, back to rehabilitation or somewhere else.

"I think you can write a pretty good story just by me telling you that," he said. "That is all I've got is he is out of the hospital. ... That's all I can tell you."

Stroger's chief of staff, James Whigham, reiterated to reporters after the County Board meeting that Stroger remains in charge of the government. Whigham said he last visited Stroger June 7, before he was rehospitalized; Whigham said he had not needed to see Stroger since then.

During the meeting, commissioners referred to committee two of the three proposals dealing with Stroger's absence. Commissioner Larry Suffredin (D-Evanston), who proposed an ordinance that would allow Stroger to temporarily transfer his power, said he would seek a vote on his measure at the board's next meeting on July 12 if Stroger has not made an announcement.

Also sent to committee was a proposal submitted by Commissioner Earlean Collins (D-Chicago) to amend the board's rules to expand the powers of the president pro tem.

Commissioners killed decisively a measure by Commissioner Tony Peraica (R-Riverside), Stroger's opponent in the November election, to hold a fitness hearing into the president's ability to perform his official duties.

Peraica received only one vote, his own. His four fellow Republicans voted "present," and 10 Democrats voted "no." Commissioner Joan Murphy (D-Crestwood) was absent.

In debating Peraica's proposal, some commissioners urged Stroger and his family to make a decision in July. The commissioners said that out of respect for Stroger and his 36 years of service on the board, they would allow him to have the timetable previously set by his family.

Adding intrigue to the discussion was a legal opinion issued Monday by Cook County State's Atty. Richard Devine's office that said the board had the authority to remove Stroger by declaring his seat vacant, if it chose to go that route.

"The Stroger family has indicated that, I believe it's July, the beginning of July, they will give us an answer. I think we should try to honor them," said Commissioner John Daley (D-Chicago), who has said he would consider an interim appointment as president. "With this letter from the state's attorney, I would urge by July that the Stroger family would come up with an answer to this board and to the people of this county."

Commissioner Roberto Maldonado (D-Chicago) said Stroger should be given the latitude to make his decision in July.

"If we don't hear from the family by July, then I'm going to feel as a member of this board that I'm being played with by the Stroger family," Maldonado said.

Recent Headlines

Measles Exposure Reported in Chicago
Monday, May 20, 2019

News from the Cook County Health System
Friday, May 17, 2019
Special to

Cook County Health Recognizes Mental Health Awareness Month
Thursday, May 16, 2019
Daily Herald

Skokie plans for road improvements near Edens Expressway: 'It’s desperately needed'
Thursday, May 16, 2019
Skokie Review

5 Chicago hospitals earn D grades for patient safety in new report, Northwestern slips to a B
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: Backward Glances
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Cook County Eliminated Its Gang Database, But Advocates Say Harm Continues
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

New Cook County Housing Authority Proposal Targets the 'Missing Middle'
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Evanston RoundTable

Census Citizenship Question Could Hurt Citizens, Noncitizens Alike
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
WBEZ Chicago Public Radio

News from Friends of the Forest Preserves
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Special to

Cook County commissioners get earful about soon-to-be-destroyed gang database
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Detainee dies days after suicide attempt at Cook County jail
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Curious City How Chicago Women Created The World’s First Juvenile Justice System
Monday, May 13, 2019
WBEZ Chicago Public Radio

Cook County report: Sharp drop in jail population, but crime did not jump
Friday, May 10, 2019
Injustice Watch

Will Cook County be home to the next big measles outbreak? Researchers think so.
Friday, May 10, 2019
Chicago Tribune

May is Prime Time for Birding in the Forest Preserves of Cook County
Thursday, May 09, 2019
Special to

More Babies Are Illegally Abandoned Than Turned Over Through Illinois’ Safe Haven Law In Cook County
Thursday, May 09, 2019
CBS Chicago

Empty businesses may lose county tax incentives
Wednesday, May 08, 2019
Homewood-Flossmoor Chronicle

As new DCFS report highlights failures, Cook County guardian says 'inept' child welfare agency is ‘not doing its job ... at every level’
Tuesday, May 07, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Cook County passes bill to stop discrimination against tenant applicants
Tuesday, May 07, 2019
Chicago Crusader

all news items

Paid for by Larry Suffredin and not at taxpayer expense. A Haymarket Production.