The late John Stroger arrived in Chicago in 1953 and methodically worked his way up to become one of the county's major power brokers. He became the first African-American president of the Cook County Board in 1994 and held that post until he suffered a stroke in 2006.
He died on January 18 at the age of 78.
For Chicago Public Radio, Sonari Glinton produced this remembrance.
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