Stroger Heads to Work as a Lame Duck Prez

"Todd is the lamest duck ever," one of his allies said

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    Todd Stroger during a Chicago City Council meeting Wednesday, June 28, 2006, in Chicago. Stroger, the son of Cook County Board President John Stroger, is poised to replace his father who suffered a stroke three months ago in a flurry of negotiations between the Stroger family, and members of the city and county Democratic party.

    Cook County Board President Todd Stroger isn't accustomed to getting a lot of respect.

    Since taking over the job his father once held, he's been ridiculed and razzed for incompetence. He's made outlandish statements and destroyed relationships. So now that he's lost re-election, Stroger's has even less of an ability to govern.
     
    His Democratic rival in the race for Board President, Toni Preckwinkle, trounced him in Tuesday's primary. She beat him by a margin of 3-to-1 and said she'd like to get started right away -- despite having to face Republican Roger Keats in November.

    Stroger: "This is a Bump in the Road"

    [CHI] Stroger: "This is a Bump in the Road"
    Todd Stroger concedes to Ald. Toni Preckwinkle in the race for Cook County Board President. (Published Tuesday, Feb 2, 2010)

    Preckwinkle's victory showed a decisive referendum on the younger Stroger. They wanted him and his controversial sales tax gone.

    In his concession speech, Stroger vowed to help her learn the county ropes (if she's smart she'll turn him down.)

    Preckwinkle Accepts Nomination, Declares Victory

    [CHI] Preckwinkle Accepts Nomination, Declares Victory
    "Today's election is a call to action. It's a call for vigorous and courageous leadership," Preckwinkle says. (Published Tuesday, Feb 2, 2010)

    In the same breath, he blamed dirty politics for yanking his dimming political star.

    But the loss of power could be liberating for Stroger. Since the Illinois State Legislature passed a law lowering the requirement for veto override in the county board, he hasn't wielded anything close to political power.

    Now, with nothing left to lose, Stroger can attempt to ram through legislation and appoint just about anyone he wants (family members include.) to county jobs without repercussions.

    Like one Stroger ally told CBS in December: "Todd is the lamest lame duck ever."

    Results:  Illinois 2010 Primary Elections

    Candidate Profile: Toni Preckwinkle for Cook County Board President

    Candidate Profile: Roger Keats for Cook County Board President

    Full Coverage:  Illinois Elections 2010