Stroger: "I Can Take This Crap"

By Mary Ann Ahern
|  Tuesday, May 18, 2010  |  Updated 1:30 PM CDT
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Attempts to limit Cook County Board President Todd Stroger's power failed today when the commissioners came up short on limiting his authority.

Stroger vetoed a proposed hiring freeze, and his veto was upheld.

Afterward, Stroger met with reporters and blasted them and his critics.

"They are really targeting me as president right now," said Stroger, referring to a near-constant refrain of criticism about his decisions since losing the nomination in February.

"Carla Ogelsby comes to work every day," Stroger said with regard to his former spokeswoman, who has admitted to steering government work to her own contracting firm.

"I'm 47," Stroger said. "You think I got here doing wrong things?"

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