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Coming soon to the Web: Cook County Board meetings

Thursday, September 04, 2008
Chicago Tribune
by Hal Dardick

Those fighting insomnia will be glad to know that they will soon be able to watch video of entire Cook County Board meetings.

The first soon will show up on the county's web page as soon as Friday, board secretary Matthew DeLeon announced Wednesday.

The end goal, DeLeon said, is to one day stream the meetings live.

For those who can get through the first few hours of the nearly six-hour marathon that was Wednesday's meeting, some sparks do fly. Several commissioners and County Board President Todd Stroger became irked by the lengthy statements of Commissioner Tony Peraica (R-Riverside), who just happens to be the Republican nominee for state's attorney in the Nov. 4 election.

At one point, Peraica protests that Stroger cut off his comments. "You have nothing to discuss, don't give us that crap," Stroger replied, drawing more than a few snickers.

Another, erm, highlight comes when Commissioner Joan Murphy (D-Crestwood) takes issue with Peraica's claim that a county contract is being awarded to a company because of its campaign donations.

"Contributions to an election campaign are not dishonest," Murphy said. "That's how this country works: on campaign donations."


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