Preckwinkle seeking help from Stroger administration
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
by Lisa Donovan
She is seeking the help of the very people she may fire.
Cook County Board President-elect Toni Preckwinkle said she needs the
help of outgoing board President Todd Stroger’s administration as she
prepares to take the reins of the $3 billion government next month.
she emailed and faxed letters seeking help to some 50 Stroger-appointed
cabinet members and other county bosses — some of whom Preckwinkle has
said will likely get a pink slip once she takes office.
writing to encourage your assistance in providing necessary information
and taking meetings as those requests are made,” Preckwinkle wrote in a
note sent Monday to everyone from the county Chief Financial Officer
Jaye Morgan Williams to Director of Facilities Management Jim D’Amico.
have contacted her, saying they’d be glad to help — including D’Amico,
who plugged how efficiently his office was running when contacted by the
“I’m glad to help,” said D’Amico, who noted he emailed Preckwinkle’s transition team to say as much.
obligation, [even] if she chooses to replace me, is to provide a
template — and I can’t think of a better template than one that has
drawn two national awards,” D’Amico said of his job, which includes
repair and upkeep of county buildings, including the jail.
who beat incumbent and fellow Democrat Stroger in the February primary,
griped in the final months of the campaign that she couldn’t get any
budget information out of Stroger or his administration.
finally met in Stroger’s 5th floor executive office at the county
building on Tuesday — for about 10 minutes. Stroger’s spokesman didn’t
return a call for comment, and Preckwinkle offered only a brief
statement through a spokeswoman: “Unfortunately it was a very short