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Todd Stroger Talks Race Relations in Concession Speech

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Todd Stroger Talks Race Relations in Concession Speech

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For the first time since 1994, the Stroger name will not be on the November ballot for Cook County Board President.

John Stroger was the head of the Cook County Board until 2006. After he suffered a stroke during the election season, Democrats slated his son, Todd, to take over the job. The younger Stroger didn’t make it out of his first primary to keep the job.

In his concession speech, Stroger talked about race relations in Cook County.

STROGER: At some point we’re going to have to realize that every time an African-American male is being fought and trying to be pulled down, we’ve gotta look at it. We’ve got to take a hard look at it and see what’s actualy happening.

When asked to elaborate on that, Stroger referred to his public relations team, telling reporters as he was led out of the room...

STROGER: You know we’re always supposed to be handled. So, I’m being handled.

In the meantime, Stroger says he will work with the Democratic nominee, Chicago Alderman Toni Preckwinkle.

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