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Cook County Board President John Stroger was taken to the hospital today.

That’s after he complained of weakness on his left side.

The 76-year-old Democrat has a history of health problems, including diabetes and a quadruple bypass in 2001.

In John Stroger’s campaign for reelection, health has been a central issue.

He’s spent much of the campaign defending his record of running the county’s Bureau of Health.

Now with one week left before the primary election against Commissioner Forrest Claypool, Stroger’s health is front and center.

Stroger’s spokeswoman Chinta Strausberg was eager to brush aside potential criticism.

Strausberg says the decision to admit Stroger to Rush University Medical Center -- and not the hospital that bears his name -- was based on his doctor’s advice.

Strausberg says, ""This has nothing to do with politics.""

There may be, however, political ramifications. Recent polls show Stroger ahead of Claypool by as much as 15 points.

The election could hinge on how quickly Stroger can recover.

A spokeswoman says he’s alert and responsive, with updates on his condition forthcoming.

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