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Candidates and issues sorting out for Cook County Board of Commissioners Race...

Health & Medicine Policy Research Group (HMPRG)
October 22, 2009

From Quentin Young:  And so the season begins... Though the election is some months away, already the candidatesand issues are sorting out for the Cook County Board of Commissioners.  All 17 seats are in play…

Presently President Stroger has indicated a bid for reelectionthough his polls have him barely in double digit territory… Toni Preckwinkle, 4 Ward Alderman, has announced hercandidacy and is building a campaign staff and platform… Congressman Danny Davis, a past Commissioner, is circulating two petitions – one for reelectionto Congress and one for the Cook County Board Presidency.  (Whichever post he chooses will greatly affectthe Ccounty Board race…) Forrest Claypool , sitting 12th District Commissionerwho lost to Stroger by 2 % points the last time around, has indicated adisinterest in County electoral politics and is moving to the private sector…

Meanwhile President Stroger has suddenly increased his very publicdissatisfaction with the independent health board which was created at the timehe sought his reviled,  highly unpopularpenny increase in county sales tax.  Allof the urgent fiscal and administrative decisions will be developed during the upcomingcampaign. The overall estimates of the governing commission, so far, aregenerally favorable.