WBEZ | Todd Stroger http://www.wbez.org/tags/todd-stroger Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Stroger defends new job at City Hall http://www.wbez.org/news/stroger-defends-new-job-city-hall-110208 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/stroger - AP Spencer Green.png" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-52a850f2-1bbe-560b-3c5c-8662a564b034">He&rsquo;s tried selling life insurance, peddling overseas medical procedures and working for a trucking company.</p><p dir="ltr">But now, former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger - a self-described political &ldquo;lightning rod&rdquo; - is defending his latest gig: working as a consultant to an influential aldermen at Chicago&rsquo;s City Hall.</p><p dir="ltr">Despite the controversies that have surrounded him since leaving office in 2011, Stroger told WBEZ on Tuesday that he believes he&rsquo;s more than qualified to work as a consultant for his one-time political ally, 21st Ward Alderman Howard Brookins.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;Are you kidding? I think I deserve a better job than this,&rdquo; Stroger said when asked whether he was qualified for the $25,000 consulting contract work, pointing to his long career in city, county and state government.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t think anybody ever asked Mayor Daley what makes him qualified to do the five things he&rsquo;s doing now,&rdquo; Stroger said, referring to longtime Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, who has held down several paying jobs since leaving office in 2011. &ldquo;[Look] at my resume, which most people don&rsquo;t. I think most people, especially the newspapers, look at my last name. And then they say, &lsquo;Oh, well he&rsquo;s a Stroger, so he shouldn&rsquo;t be qualified for anything.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Brookins has taken <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/27544890-474/stroger-hiring-is-a-bad-look.html#.U3vI_PldVyU">heat</a> for Stroger&rsquo;s hiring, as first reported last week by the <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/marin/27489383-452/ald-brookins-hires-new-worker-todd-stroger.html#.U3utmPldVyU">Chicago Sun-Times</a>.</p><p dir="ltr">The alderman is facing his own controversy, after his former chief of staff was charged in February with taking a $7,500 bribe.</p><p dir="ltr">Meanwhile, Stroger&rsquo;s own time in office was marred by scandals and bad press, and his name has popped up again more recently after two of his top aides were found guilty of corruption charges. Stroger&rsquo;s boyhood friend, Eugene Mullins, was sentenced in March to more than four years in prison for his role in a <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/feds-former-todd-stroger-aide-solicited-34k-kickbacks-101434">kickback scheme</a>. And in April, Stroger&rsquo;s former Deputy Chief of Staff, Carla Oglesby, was sentenced to more than six years in prison for steering sham county contracts to companies she controlled.</p><p dir="ltr">Stroger, who has not been accused of breaking the law, said he didn&rsquo;t know anything about his former top aides&rsquo; illegal activities.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;If people going to jail is how every executive is being measured, than I think every executive in the county and in the city is gonna be in trouble,&rdquo; he said Tuesday.</p><p dir="ltr">Despite the scandals, Stroger - who has also been a state lawmaker and an alderman - said Brookins reached out to him about coming back to the the public sector.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;I like government,&rdquo; Stroger said. &ldquo;So that is really what I know, and I know it very well.... So I&rsquo;ve always been looking for something to give back and use those skills to really help the community.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">While he&rsquo;s still working out the details, Stroger said he&rsquo;ll be working for Brookins on issues relating to public health and crime prevention. He said he hopes to stop violence in Brookins&rsquo; South Side Auburn Gresham ward by connecting with police commanders, church leaders and block clubs there.</p><p dir="ltr">Brookins&rsquo; office did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday afternoon.</p><p dir="ltr">Stroger said it&rsquo;s been tough since he left Cook County. He made headlines when he <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/stroger-defends-seeking-jobless-benefits-84756">filed for unemployment benefits</a> after losing the 2010 Democratic primary to current Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. Since then, Stroger said he dabbled in medical tourism; worked to find clients for a trucking company; and is currently selling life insurance.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;It&rsquo;s been very hard finding work,&rdquo; Stroger said. &nbsp;&ldquo;And I can literally tell you that the word has gone out that - &lsquo;Don&rsquo;t hire Todd Stroger.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p><p><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/users/akeefe">Alex Keefe</a> is political reporter at WBEZ. You can follow him on <a href="https://twitter.com/WBEZpolitics">Twitter</a> and <a href="https://plus.google.com/102759794640397640028">Google+</a>.</em></p></p> Tue, 20 May 2014 17:26:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/stroger-defends-new-job-city-hall-110208 Todd Stroger defends friend and ally William Beavers http://www.wbez.org/story/todd-stronger-defends-friend-and-ally-william-beavers-96823 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2012-February/2012-02-29/3033scr_18393c797974951.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Cook County Board will meet Wednesday for its first time since Commissioner William Beavers was indicted on federal tax charges, setting up a potentially awkward gathering.</p><p>Beavers has told reporters he was only indicted because he refused federal investigators' request that he wear a wire during conversations with fellow Commissioner John Daley, brother of the former Chicago mayor.</p><p>Daley, who's said Beavers is only trying to <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/cook-county-commissioner-bill-beavers-indicted-96664">shift the spotlight</a>, chairs the county board's finance committee, which meets Wednesday morning. A Beavers aide said Tuesday that the meeting is on the commissioner's schedule, but she could not say if he was going to be there or not.</p><p>Beavers is scheduled to be arraigned Friday in federal court before federal Judge James Zagel. Zagel was the presiding judge in the two corruption trials of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.</p><p>Meantime, Beavers got a boost Tuesday from a friend and ally, former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger.</p><p>"I know the commissioner well, and he has been a very good person to the community that he represented," Stroger said during an <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-02-28/todd-stroger-local-politics-his-time-office-96814">interview</a> on WBEZ's <em>Afternoon Shift with Steve Edwards. </em>"[Beavers] made sure that people had opportunities to get jobs and contracts, and cares about people."</p><p>In 2006, when Democrats maneuvered to replace Stroger's father, the then-ailing Cook County Board President John Stroger, it was Beavers who helped Todd get on the ballot.&nbsp;</p><p>The two had served together in the Chicago City Council and both moved to the county board in 2006. During Stroger's tumultuous four years as board president, Beavers was perhaps his most consistent supporter.</p><p>Stroger said on WBEZ that he'd not seen the indictment, but said he had no reason to doubt Beavers' claim that federal investigators had retaliated against him for refusing to wear a wire.</p><p>"I think that tells you a lot of how the federal government works," Stroger said. "They try to put all the pressure in the world on you to do what they want, and then you know if you don't, then you have to suffer the consequences."</p></p> Wed, 29 Feb 2012 06:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/todd-stronger-defends-friend-and-ally-william-beavers-96823 Suburban police security Project Shield "failed on all accounts" http://www.wbez.org/story/suburban-police-security-project-shield-failed-all-accounts-88600 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-June/2011-06-30/masters and preckwinkle.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>An expensive homeland security project in Cook County is ending. "Project Shield" was supposed to help suburban police in emergency situations. But Michael Masters from the Department of Homeland Security says it failed on all accounts.</p><p>In theory, Project Shield funded two things: stationary police cameras in the suburbs and video cameras that sent live footage from police cars to command centers for emergency decision making. But it turns out that concept isn't the way police protocols actually work. Police on the ground make decisions in emergencies - not commanders stationed off-site. Another problem is that many of the camera systems installed didn't actually work. And where they were installed posed huge safety risks to officers.</p><p>Masters gave the press a tour of an outfitted vehicle with the $65,000 gear. He pointed at the laptop positioned between the driver and passenger area with camera above and said, "You can pretty much readily see as to where a passenger airbag is going to deploy - that it is going to deploy directly into this system." Masters added that the cost of the camera system is about three times the cost of police cars themselves.</p><p>138 suburban squad cars have these systems, and Cook County officials have asked police to stop using the cars until the equipment is removed.</p><p>But beyond the project's technical failings, DHS, Cook County and possibly the FBI are investigating alleged corruption, too. Project Shield's $44 million in federal tax dollars were awarded in part to businesses with ties to a Cook County employee.</p><p>Plus, $190,000 a month is still being paid to Johnson Controls, Inc. - the contractor responsible for maintaining the unreliable equipment. The county has put in a request for a more detailed invoice from&nbsp; Johnson Controls, Inc. so they can see exactly how that&nbsp; money is being spent.</p></p> Fri, 01 Jul 2011 10:39:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/suburban-police-security-project-shield-failed-all-accounts-88600 Preckwinkle: Stroger's unemployment application "not appropriate" http://www.wbez.org/story/news/politics/preckwinkle-strogers-unemployment-application-not-appropriate <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//ToddStroger_DavidSchalliol.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle suggested Tuesday her predecessor shouldn't be able to collect unemployment just because he lost an election.</p><p>Preckwinkle's administration says former president Todd Stroger applied in January to collect state jobless benefits based on his time in office. Stroger ran for re-election last year, but didn't make it past the Democratic Primary. He lost that contest to Preckwinkle - and with it, a $170,000 annual public salary.</p><p>Preckwinkle said her administration is protesting Stroger's application for state benefits.</p><p>&quot;I don't think it's appropriate for elected officials who lose elections to apply for unemployment compensation,&quot; Preckwinkle said.</p><p>A spokesman for the Illinois Department of Employment Security has said he can't comment on specific benefit requests. But he says elected officials can't collect benefits based on public salaries.</p><p>Stroger did not respond to a request for comment.</p></p> Tue, 08 Mar 2011 19:49:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/news/politics/preckwinkle-strogers-unemployment-application-not-appropriate Attention Chicago mainstream media: Pothole season is in full swing! http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-03-07/attention-chicago-mainstream-media-pothole-season-full-swing-83386 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//potholes.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong><img height="333" width="500" alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-March/2011-03-07/potholes.jpg" title="My favorite pothole picture ever (photo by David Schalliol)" /><br /></strong></p><p style="text-align: left;"><strong>A story</strong>: Let me be the first in the media to whip this fine city into a frenzy: Potholes are becoming a problem. Of course my findings are anectodal and unscientific, but I've lived here long enough to know when it's pothole season. And this year is starting to look pretty bad. There's a pothole that spans the length of the Grand Avenue bridge (over the North Branch of the Chicago River). There's another nasty one on Halsted. And there are a few more dotting several north side arteries. So what to do? Do we just sit back and hold our complaints until there is a big&nbsp; crater on Lake Shore Drive? Or until Phil&nbsp;Rogers at NBC&nbsp;5 does an expose? I'm ready to pitch in. What can I&nbsp;do, city?</p><p><strong>B story</strong>: <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/4141064-418/todd-stroger-applies-for-unemployment-benefits.html">Former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger is filing for unemployment</a>. There is a movement by county officials to block the request, because Stroger is basing his unemployment number on the salary he pulled as an elected official. That's kind of awesome.&nbsp;Poor Todd. All he is asking for is a percentage of his past six figure income. I gotta ask: &nbsp; Has Stroger ever had a job that wasn't &quot;elected?&quot; He told me in a past interview that he once worked at the Chicago Park District. Base it off of that salary from over a decade ago. He probably still made 70k picking up soccer balls after open gym. But still, that might be a better salary to base unemployment on.</p><p><strong>C story</strong>:&nbsp;God love the Chicago Bulls!&nbsp;3-0 against the Miami Heat?&nbsp;What a great gift the franchise has handed the fans. After this past summer, you would have believed the Bulls would have to forfeit games against LeBron and company. But 3-0? Winning close games? And when do the Bulls get the primetime ABC&nbsp;Sunday slot? Get ready Bulls fans, all sorts of good will be coming your way.&nbsp;And I don't mean CG bulls knocking over a CG&nbsp;bus. I'm talking deep into the playoffs.</p><p><strong>D story</strong>: What in the world is happening in Dolton, Illinois? For years, Mayor Shaw ran the town with alleged corruption and nepotism. The Shaw family is finally bounced from town and the new mayor pledged to right the ship. He starts by following the Shaw rules,<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/southsouthwest/ct-met-dolton-contract-20110306,0,3486151.story"> trying to hire his daughter</a>. Best part?&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>Mayor Lewis would not comment on the contract, but he recalled<b> </b>nasty local politics that have long simmered in Dolton. He said Victor Shaw, son of the late Dolton Mayor William Shaw, formerly worked at the Dorchester and no one criticized him for being on the village payroll.</p></blockquote><p>So now you say Shaw did things right and you are just following in his footsteps? Riiiiight.</p><p><strong>E story</strong>:&nbsp; The lead singer of The Strokes <a href="http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/the-strokes-under-cover-of-darkness/1311245/">sang the F word on SNL</a>. I heard it live but couldn't find any record of it during initial searches online. I ended up finding it on music sites and some forums dedicated either to music or to SNL. How did I not hear about it in the Tribune? Seriously, for months the&nbsp;Trib would post mindless wire stories about how funny Saturday's episode was, but this week?&nbsp; Nothing. MAKE&nbsp;UP&nbsp;YOUR&nbsp;MIND.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Weather</strong>:&nbsp;Not bad out. Not bad for early March.</p><p><strong>Sports</strong>: The Blackhawks are on an eight game winning streak. Just at the right time. I&nbsp;will say this: if you thought the West Loop was hopping last spring, just wait until you throw in a Bulls march to the championship. To find the last time that the Bulls and Blackhawks both had realistic shots at winning championships at the same time in the same stadium, you'd have to go back to the old Madhouse on Madison Street in the late 80s when Jordan, Pippen,&nbsp;Sam Vincent, Jeremy Roenick and Chris Chelios roamed the hallways.</p><p><strong>Kicker</strong>: It's Casimir Pulaski Day folks. What does that mean for you?&nbsp;Well, if you are Polish, you get a day to reflect. If you are a city worker, you get a day of rest. If you are everybody else, you have to wait a day to renew your drivers license. But the post offices are open!&nbsp;<br /><br />What am I&nbsp;going to do? I'm going to drive the length of Pulaski while listening to this essay, performed by my friend Kate (playing her teenage character Zoe) back in the Schadenfreude radio days. It's called &quot;Ask Me About Pulaski&quot;:</p><p><span href="/sites/default/files/zoe-pulaski.mp3" id="filefield_audio_insert_player-89589" class="filefield_audio_insert_player" player="null">zoe-pulaski.mp3</span></p></p> Mon, 07 Mar 2011 15:12:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-03-07/attention-chicago-mainstream-media-pothole-season-full-swing-83386 Breaking news: Did Toni Preckwinkle get a new suit? http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/breaking-news-did-toni-preckwinkle-get-new-suit <p><p>There was a lot of news this week coming out of Cook County government. Preckwinkle accepted Stroger aides' resignations, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/cook-county-board-president/toni-preckwinkle-sworn-cook-county-board-president">outlined budget needs</a> and we saw County <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/2806093-417/county-health-raises-system-pay.html">hospital officials are getting big raises</a>. But past those stories, I noticed something from the press conference with new President Toni&nbsp;Preckwinkle. No longer did she have her patented royal blue suit, but she had upgraded to a more polished, more stylish black pin-stripe suit.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="414" width="500" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-December/2010-12-13/Preckwinkle-suit.jpg" alt="" title="" /><br />&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: left;">Now before you get all higher than though and tell me that you can't believe I'm not focusing on the issues, this is a good thing. I&nbsp;have gone back and forth about whether or not she should upgrade the ole' wardrobe for her presidency. This gives a distinguished look, as opposed to the librarian look. This could mean big things for Cook County government. Mark my words*.</p><p style="text-align: left;">Image is everything. Take, for example, our station-issued cameras:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="375" width="500" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-December/2010-12-13/Preckwinkle-blurry.jpg" alt="" title="" /></p><p style="text-align: left;">This was a still shot, no real action. Maybe those in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.</p><p style="text-align: left;">*I&nbsp;have no idea if this is indeed a new suit.</p></p> Mon, 13 Dec 2010 19:31:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/breaking-news-did-toni-preckwinkle-get-new-suit AP Photos: Worth more than a thousand words (sorting through discarded news cycles) http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/ap-photos-worth-more-thousand-words-sorting-through-discarded-news-cycles <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//jackson-meeks-ap-1999.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>One of the tools at WBEZ's disposal (at least for the time being) is AP&nbsp;photography. It's great for pictures of news events or newsmakers. It's usually for more national stories, but you will get some local work because AP has a few stellar photographers filing daily. I wanted to get a photo together for Rev.&nbsp;James Meeks because the news this morning is that he hasn't filed signatures for mayor yet (today is the filing deadline). I'm sure he will, but it is worth following. So I looked him up on AP. When you do a search for photography, the usual results are sorted by relevance. I&nbsp;usually change it to newest and the most recent pictures show up.&nbsp;</p><p>When&nbsp;I typed in Rev. James Meeks, the most relevant pictures to show up on this page were a few police/CPS&nbsp;sit-in stunts from back in 1999. He was demanding a meeting with then Chicago Police Chief Terry Hilliard after a couple police shootings of African-Americans. I remember that story, since I&nbsp;was a producer at 848 at the time. But I&nbsp;forgot Meeks was involved. He also championed the cause of the expelled students in Decatur, IL. Remember that? Jackson Sr. got all the headlines, but Meeks was very active in that story.</p><p>There is also a great photo of Rev. James Meeks and Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., announcing Meeks as part of the leadership at Rainbow Push. This was back in the late-90s as well. It is interesting to read the captions. Here, I'll buy this one as part of our AP deal because I think it's worth it for you to see it and read the caption:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="512" width="348" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-22/jackson-meeks-ap-1999.jpg" alt="" title="" /></p><p>From AP (photo caption): <em>Rev. Jesse Jackson listens as the Rev. James T. Meeks addresses reporters in Chicago, Friday, Dec. 10, 1999. Jackson announced that Meeks would the first vice president in the history of Operation Rainbow/PUSH and the appointment would give a line of succession to the organization's leadership. (AP Photo/Michael S. Green)<br /></em></p><p>Since this photo and that news story, Meeks has changed course and become his own man and a popular state senator in&nbsp;Springfield. I really don't know much about the Jackson/Meeks relationship presently, but you have to ask yourself about Jackson's publicity push last week when the African-American clergy group came out and said they endorsed Congressman Danny Davis. Jackson gave Davis respect, but also said that he wants to wait until after the filing date to decide which African-American candidate he will support. To read between the lines: That group of clergymen aren't making any decisions.&nbsp;Rev. Jackson will?&nbsp;Perhaps this AP&nbsp;photo can offer a glimpse to who Jackson may want to run the city. I did AP searches for Jesse Jackson and Danny Davis and nothing really came up (a couple of obvious press-conferences). I&nbsp;searched similarly for Carol&nbsp;Moseley Braun and nothing came up (same thing, press conference shots about issues - but nothing about their relationship).</p><p>But when I searched Moseley Braun without the Jackson connection, I came across some great photos. Again, the most relevant popped up first. Take a look at this picture of Braun in 1992 on Capitol Hill:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="334" width="512" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-22/carolmoselybraun-1992-AP.jpg" alt="" title="" /></p><p>I think I voted for Carol Mosely Braun in my first election. She was on the same ticket at Clinton and she just rode that wave all the way to the Senate. Here she is in&nbsp;Washington&nbsp;D.C. during freshman orientation in 1992. &nbsp;<br /> <br />Interesting, eh? She's been there. She's got more experience than Mark Kirk. She has more experience than Rahm Emanuel. Emanuel was a young advisor/policy guy in 1992. He was brought in at a pretty low level. So while he was working up the chain, Carol Mosely Braun was already a senator. And, I forgot, even though it was just two years ago, that Moseley-Braun ran for president. So not only has she been a senator, she's run for president (albeit unsuccessfully). <br /> <br />And even better!!! Don't stop reading...<br /><br />I searched Danny Davis. He had 29 pages of results, although half were probably some football player named Danny Davis. But there a few pictures of him shaking hands with Todd Stroger. Weird alliance? There are other pics of him with Durbin and the Illinois delegation, but Todd Stroger? Is he behind Todd Stroger?</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="512" width="416" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-22/dannydavis-AP.jpg" alt="" title="" /></p><p>No. I read the caption:</p><div id="caption" class="caption"><p><em>Chicago Alderman Todd Stroger, right, and Rep. Danny Davis, D-Ill., the two candidates for Cook County Board President, shake hands after voting results were announced to the Cook County Democratic Party's Central Committee Tuesday, July 18, 2006, in Chicago. Democrats chose Alderman Stroger to fill the spot on the November ballot left by his father, retiring Cook County Board President John Stroger, who's been recovering from the stroke he suffered a week before the March primary. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast).</em></p></div><p>I now remember that Danny Davis was UP AGAINST Todd Stroger as the Democrat nominee to replace John Stroger for the general election for Cook County Board&nbsp;President. The Cook County Democratic committee chose Todd Stroger over Danny Davis.&nbsp; <br /> <br />Now I know there will be hardcore commenters who will call me out for not recalling these events, but be honest - most of this information comes in and is quickly dumped from the brain when the news cycle discards the story. I remember all of these events, but sometimes news history can be easily forgotten. Most people who live in Chicago remember the above moments vividly...when reminded.&nbsp; <br /><br />&nbsp;AP&nbsp;photos: Worth a thousand words.<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 22 Nov 2010 15:49:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/ap-photos-worth-more-thousand-words-sorting-through-discarded-news-cycles Name-check alert! FOX Chicago picks up Todd Stroger Wikipedia Files http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/name-check-alert-fox-chicago-picks-todd-stroger-wikipedia-files <p><p>Well, things are turning around for this little blog. Just think, a year ago I&nbsp;was bagging groceries waiting for my call to the bigs. And now I'm a Pro Bowl blogger... Or something like that???</p><p>My <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/wikipedia-files-todd-stroger">Wikipedia Files interview</a> with outgoing Cook County Board President Todd Stroger is used as the source for a <a href="http://www.myfoxchicago.com/dpp/wildcard_8/foxchicagosunday/fox-chicago-sunday-stroger-placko-20101118">FOX&nbsp;Chicago Sunday segment</a> with Dane Placko. In my interview, Stroger rips on Placko. Placko responds below. Who wins? Me. Cause they said my name on TV.</p><p>Not only do you get to see an extended cut of my bald head on the news, but you get a good 15 second Apple Vacations spot at the top. You're welcome.</p> <object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" id="video" width="500" height="415" data="http://www.myfoxchicago.com/video/videoplayer.swf?dppversion=5390"><param value="http://www.myfoxchicago.com/video/videoplayer.swf?dppversion=5390" name="movie"/><param value="&skin=MP1ExternalAll-MFL.swf&embed=true&adSizeArray=300x240&adSrc=http%3A%2F%2Fad%2Edoubleclick%2Enet%2Fadx%2Ftsg%2Ewfld%2Fwildcard%5F8%2Fwildcard%5F89%2Fdetail%3Bdcmt%3Dtext%2Fxml%3Bpos%3D%3Btile%3D2%3Bfname%3Dfox%2Dchicago%2Dsunday%2Dstroger%2Dplacko%2D20101118%3Bloc%3Dsite%3Bsz%3D320x240%3Bord%3D929293624247837700%3Frand%3D0%2E24509171632636262&flv=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Emyfoxchicago%2Ecom%2Ffeeds%2FoutboundFeed%3FobfType%3DVIDEO%5FPLAYER%5FSMIL%5FFEED%26componentId%3D133766887&img=http%3A%2F%2Fmedia2%2Emyfoxchicago%2Ecom%2F%2Fphoto%2F2010%2F11%2F18%2F1118%2Dfcs%2Dstroger%5Ftmb0002%5F20101118162644%5F640%5F480%2EJPG&story=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Emyfoxchicago%2Ecom%2Fdpp%2Fwildcard%5F8%2Ffoxchicagosunday%2Ffox%2Dchicago%2Dsunday%2Dstroger%2Dplacko%2D20101118&category=news&title=FOX%20Chicago%20Sunday&oacct=foximfoximwfld,foximglobal&ovns=foxinteractivemedia" name="FlashVars"/><param value="all" name="allowNetworking"/><param value="always" name="allowScriptAccess"/></object></p> Fri, 19 Nov 2010 19:23:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/name-check-alert-fox-chicago-picks-todd-stroger-wikipedia-files Wikipedia Files: Todd Stroger http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/wikipedia-files-todd-stroger <p><p><iframe height="253" frameborder="0" width="450" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/16943506?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;color=c40215"></iframe></p><p>Outgoing Cook County Board President Todd Stroger is a lightning rod for controversy. He has seen politicians, media and voters turn on him in his one term in office. But did you know he plays harmonica?&nbsp;</p><p>Todd Stroger sits down with me to talk about his Wikipedia page in a segment called &quot;Wikipedia Files.&quot;&nbsp;Most of the info is accurate, but we asked him a few extra questions to help him pad his Wikipedia page for life after politics.</p><p>To his credit, he plays along. He actually answers the question: &quot;So who in the media do you hate?&quot;</p></p> Thu, 18 Nov 2010 15:03:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/wikipedia-files-todd-stroger Preckwinkle takes county board president race http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago/preckwinkle-takes-county-board-president-race <p><p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Longtime Chicago alderwoman Toni Preckwinkle has been elected Cook County board president over Republican Roger Keats and Green Party candidate Tom Tresser.</span></p> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">With 76 percent of precincts reporting, Preckwinkle had about 69 percent of the votes on Tuesday, compared with 27 percent for Keats and 4 percent for Tresser.</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Preckwinkle gave a victory speech Tuesday evening. She says it's a new day in Cook County and vows to clean up corruption and balance the budget in the nation's second largest county.</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">She'll take over from Cook County Board President Todd Stroger. For 16 years, his family has held the post overseeing a $3 billion budget and some 24,000 jobs.</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Stroger's tenure has also been marked by allegations of corruption and patronage.</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">3,116 of 4,507 precincts - 69 percent</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Toni Preckwinkle, Dem 607,187 - 68 percent</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Roger Keats, GOP 247,243 - 28 percent</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Thomas Tresser, Grn 36,401 - 4 percent</span></div></p> Wed, 03 Nov 2010 02:11:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago/preckwinkle-takes-county-board-president-race