Stroger to Step Aside?
- Three months after suffering a serious stroke - and winning renomination in spite of it - Cook County Board President John Stroger is expected to withdraw this week and ask Democratic ward bosses to replace him on the November ticket with his son.
But the hereditary politics of Cook County live on:
- Ald. William Beavers (7th), self-declared spokesman for the Stroger family, has already started lining up votes for Ald. Todd Stroger (8th) and appears to be well on his way to securing a majority of the weighted votes of 80 ward and township committeemen to place the younger Stroger on the ballot, sources said.
Great. A member of the most crooked legislative body in recorded history is about to be handed the reins of one of the biggest political patronage machines in existence. All because he's daddy's boy. If this isn't a reason to be really disgusted with Illinois politics, we don't know what is.