Illinois Races: Todd Stroger Running for Cook County Board President

Stroger looking to stay in office for a second term

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    Cook County Board President Todd Stroger will be facing tough competition in his bid for a second term.

    After only one term as Cook County Board President, Todd Stroger will have to face some tough competition for his re-election. Big names like Danny Davis, Toni Preckwinkle and County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown are lining up against him.

    Stroger, named Board president after his father John, who had been Board president for 12 years, resigned from the office in 2006 after experiencing a stroke, is often considered a lame duck. 

    Before assuming his current post, Stroger had been State Representative from 1992 to 2001, when he was appointed by Mayor Richard M. Daley to replace Ald. Lorraine Dixon (8th).

    In 2007, Stroger increased the county tax by one percent and vetoed an effort to repeal it.