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Stroger loses ride
Exclusive express elevator now open to everyone at County Building

Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Chicago Sun-Times
by STEVE PATTERSON Staff Reporter

Todd Stroger's once-exclusive elevator now is open to the rest of us.
Almost as quickly as it was reserved for the Cook County Board president, an elevator in the County Building now is back in public service.
Once roped off and blocked with an orange cone, the elevator closest to Stroger's 5th floor office at 118 N. Clark St. is once again accessible to all.
Private car 'isn't necessary'
"The president takes whatever elevator comes first," spokesman Steve Mayberry said, adding that a private elevator "simply isn't seen as necessary and was stopped not long after it was put in place."
When the Chicago Sun-Times inquired about the special elevator last month, another official said it was reserved as a way to get Stroger in and out of the building quickly. Because of his friendly nature, Stroger often stopped to talk with people he bumped into, putting him behind schedule, the official said.
Mayberry said Tuesday that it had more to do with security concerns.
"Certainly, his security detail had their concerns about his day-to-day operations and their ability to provide him with adequate security," he said.



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