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Todd Stroger gets a lawsuit for Valentines Day
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Crain's Chicago Business
by Lorene Yue

(Crain’s) — A union representing Cook County employees is suing the Cook County Board of Commissioners for instituting a shorter work week in what the union considers a “flagrant” breach of its workers’ contract.
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31 filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Cook County Circuit Court after Cook County Board President Todd Stroger said that starting March 5, he would put public defenders on three- and four-day work weeks for the remainder of the year to cut expenses.
The union, which represents 6,000 county employees, is also seeking a temporary restraining order to keep Mr. Stroger from going ahead with his plan.
“Our union will use every tool at our disposal to stop these irresponsible cuts,” AFSCME Director Henry Bayer said in a statement. “The president’s plan ignores the county’s responsibility to provide an adequate legal defense for all citizens, regardless of their means.”
A Cook County representative was not available for comment.
Union officials were notified earlier this month of Mr. Stroger’s plan to shorten work schedules for public defenders. Cook County is facing a $502-million budget shortfall and Mr. Stroger, who promised to balance the budget without raising taxes, asked the 11 county executives to trim department costs by 17%.
Mr. Stroger’s proposed budget calls for a $112-million reduction in spending that would come, in part, by trimming nearly 1,500 employees from the current payroll. The public defender’s office would lose 43 of its current staff of 485.
But work schedule and pay are governed by a workers’ contract, and any change is subject to bargaining, said Anders Lindall, spokesman for AFSCME Council 31.
“We’ve asked the president’s office to forgo the usual grievance (procedures) because of time constraints,” Mr. Lindall said. “They refused to do so.”
That left AFSCME no choice but to file a lawsuit, he added.

Plenty of fan club items for all Cook County Residents As you may recall, Cook County Commissioner William Beavers recently was quoted as bragging about his political influence by referring to himself as the hog with the largest male parts.
A few days later, I received an e-mail about a Web site selling "Big Nuts" merchandise.
Coffee mugs, T-shirts, baseball caps and even a "Big Nuts" thong were available. Each item featured a photograph of a smiling Cook County President Todd Stroger next to an image of a hog.
"William Beavers and Todd Stroger, Cook County's Biggest Nuts," read the printed material on the merchandise.
Was it just a gag? Nope.
Tom Mannis, the founder of, an Internet shop, informed me that any and all of the items could be purchased. Toddster and Hog with big Nuts merchandise


  1. Todd Stroger said...
    I enjoy reading bloggers comments.
    Thanks! Todd
    Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...
    LOL! Yeah right, Todd is actually reading this blog after his name has been trashed on this blog.

    "Todd Stroger gets a lawsuit for Valentines Day"

    Looks like Big Nuts Urkel got "loved" today. Serves him right.

    Thanks Todd for visiting this blog. Maybe the waterhead would wake up and smell the coffee and realize that he is not cracked up to serve as a city official or even a gas attendant to pump gas.
    Third Generation Chicago Native said...
    Actually I have seen "Todd Stroger" if it is post on more vial blogs about him, but I would not put anything past him or Lance Tyson. No one has posted to the Todd Stroger blog yet, and I'm not going to be the first.
    Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...
    A Todd Stroger blog? LOL! What does he have to discuss: how he is ripping of the city and turning the city of Chicago in s third world country?

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