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Stroger's inspector general ordinance advances

Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Daily Herald
by Rob Olmstead

Cook County Board President Todd Stroger persuaded a panel of commissioners Tuesday to pass his ordinance beefing up the county office of inspector general, a spokeswoman said.
The ordinance was a promise and major campaign platform of Stroger and marks the second major pledge he has kept: The first was not to raise Cook County taxes in the 2007 budget year. He made no promises as to taxes after that.
If passed by the entire board, the new inspector general ordinance will solicit nominations for the position from independent bar groups, and the candidate chosen will be installed for a 5-year term non-concurrent with the president's 4-year term in order to reduce political influence.
The new inspector general will be able to look at all branches of county government, versus just the current limitation to offices under the president's control, said Ibis Antongiorgi, spokesman for Stroger.


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