Anyone else want a shot at Todd Stroger?

Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. is really getting involved in Todd Stroger's budget and threatening political consequences. YES!!!!!!! Yes, thank you Jesse Jr.! Thanks for stepping on a lot of toes, Todd's, the Beavers', Daley's (both John & Richard). I might even start thinking differently on the Peotone airport issue after this! I also see Sandi Jackson getting a few more votes for Alderman against Darcel Beavers after husband Jesse Jr. jumped into this Cook County disaster.

U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. stepped into the Cook County budget mess Wednesday, threatening county commissioners in his congressional district with "political consequences" if they don't oppose board President Todd Stroger's spending plan.

In a joint news conference with Stroger's loudest critic, Commissioner Forrest Claypool (D-Chicago), Jackson (D-2nd), of Chicago, said the proposed cuts to health care and the sheriff's department in Stroger's budget were not acceptable.

"These are not negotiable items, period," Jackson said. "The county board faces a choice, and it should be an easy choice."

Jesse Jackson Jr. going against Hogs with big nuts!

Jackson said commissioners Jerry Butler (D-Chicago), Deborah Sims (D-Chicago), and Joan Murphy (D-Crestwood) should support a budget amendment plan proposed by Claypool and other commissioners that would cut administrators and restore front-line personnel. The budget vote is today.

"Let me be clear, we are watching this vote ... and there are consequences to this vote," Jackson said. "Real political consequences."

Jackson backed candidates against Sims and Murphy in last year's election, and both were soundly defeated by the incumbents.

Jackson's wife, Sandi, is locked in a tough election battle for alderman of Chicago's 7th Ward against Darcel Beavers, daughter of Commissioner William Beavers (D-Chicago), a key Stroger ally.

"Reduction in health care and police protection is simply not tolerable," he said.

Tom Dart and Dick Devine take their shots at Todd as well

On the eve of his biggest day as Cook County Board president, Todd Stroger took to name-calling of elected officials he says have whined too much about having to cut their budgets.

State's Attorney Richard Devine and Sheriff Tom Dart are "prima donnas" who have complained about cuts on "just about every talk show," Stroger said Wednesday.

Cook County State's Attorney Dick Devine responds to Cook County Board President Todd Stroger's comments to the press.
Stroger's comments came one day after he called Devine "the biggest pain in the ass I have ever met in public life" in an interview with the Daily Southtown editorial board.
A Dart spokeswoman said he wouldn't "engage in any name-calling" with Stroger, while Devine said Stroger's comments were "silly."

"If you're the chief executive of Cook County, you really should be focused on the great issues, the really important issues that we have right now," Devine said.

Stroger said his comments about Devine were "appropriate," then launched into complaints about Devine and Dart -- whose offices would take a huge hit under Stroger's $3 billion proposed budget.

"The personality stuff is really a distraction from some pretty important issues that we have to discuss," said Devine, whose office laid off 43 prosecutors and 10 investigators last week.

In response, Stroger said Devine has "been kicking me like he was trying to beat the hell out of me" with "words I would not use when talking about an elected official trying to do his job."

Devine: 'Not going to back down'
Devine said Wednesday he's "not going to back down from any of the views that I have."
Stroger repeatedly said that he's upset about comments by Devine and Dart that he is taking a "budgeting for idiots" approach to cuts and "doesn't know what he's doing," adding that his wife, Jeanine, is taking it personally.

Stroger also took a verbal swing at Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who criticized some of Stroger's budget cuts, saying it's easy for Jackson to throw stones without understanding reasons for cuts.
Stroger has been ridiculed by unions.
He was booed by Democrats at a rally for Sen. Barack Obama, and he concedes that he's bothered by some criticism.

But he said he doesn't believe the boos and criticism reflect the opinions of most of the public about the job he's doing.

"When we look at the changes we're making, we're making them for the betterment of the Bureau of Health and for the county as a whole," he said.

Plenty of pink slips passed out to Cook County Healthcare Workers

230 doctors and nurse managers
Another 350 employees under Stroger's control, including health employees, have gotten notices since the budget process began.
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart also sent notices to more than 600 employees

Jesse Jackson Jr. airport update


  1. Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...
    Who else wants a shot of the Toddster? The entire city of Chicago!
    Third Generation Chicago Native said...
    I am glad Jesse Jr. named, names, especially, Butler, Murphy and Sims the commissioners he supported last election. They had to postpone today's meeting, maybe to get people to calm down.

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