Todd Stroger on the loose, can he be stopped?

It was a very special Valentine's day for Todd Stroger and a special Commissioner. Todd sent a dozen yellow roses and he sent Todd a heart shaped box of candy. Todd did you send any of the other Commissioners flowers? Did any of the other Commissioners send you candy? I would think that Todd would have had all kinds of Valentines Day gifts from all the politicians in this town, thanking him for keeping the media so busy that they don't have time to cover anyone else.

Yes, Todd's Chief handler Lance Tyson's answer to why Todd did not make it to any public hearings was "there was staff there" no matter how many times the question was asked. Todd's daddy John always showed up to public hearings, why can't the Toddster? Todd did show up to the rally for Barak Obama at UIC this past weekend only to get booed. I guess Todd was afraid his fan club would not show up to any of the public hearings on his budget, that's why he didn't make it. Funny I don't remember that type of reaction when Obama was at Todd's rally.

Now Todd has a whole bunch of Commissioners ganged up against him, at least 12 now. Of course, John Daley and William Beavers are not included in that bunch, not enough ball room for all the big balls on the Bill Beavers, aka Hog with big Balls to be in that group. Todd's answer to that "I am glad they are working together".

Just a week after their very public blowup over the Cook County budget, county board President Todd Stroger and Commissioner Mike Quigley (D-Chicago) decided to make up.
Stroger delivered a dozen yellow roses, representing friendship, to Quigley's office Wednesday, a gesture Quigley called "just a riot." Quigley reciprocated with a heart-shaped box of candy -- along with a note about staying friends if "the county is at heart."
Quigley supported Stroger in the November election in an odd alliance -- Quigley's a longtime reformer, Stroger a machine-backed candidate.
So their falling-out last week over spending $13 million in forest preserve district funds to help county government balance its budget was no surprise. Many had wondered how their relationship lasted this long.
But by the end of Wednesday, both were laughing.Todd's Valentines Day

A dozen Cook County commissioners on Wednesday proposed whacking hundreds of high-paying political jobs in favor of more prosecutors, public defenders, nurses and police.
Their alternate budget came in response to county board President Todd Stroger's budget plan, which would wipe out thousands of front-line jobs while preserving many higher-paying positions.
Buttwo commissioners, Robert Steele (D-Chicago) and Joan Murphy (D-Crestwood), didn't realize the cuts they were endorsing affected some of their relatives, and Murphy said she might reconsider. Please don't bail on the others Commissioner Murphy Joan do the right thing, stay with the group they need you!

Tuning out Todd
Published February 14, 2007
During his inaugural address on Dec. 4, Cook County Board President Todd Stroger made some worthwhile promises. He said he would slay the "sacred cows in Cook County government" and balance its 2007 budget without a tax increase: "[T]oday we are brought together by a shared goal--and for me, a solemn oath--to reshape our county government, and to have the courage and resolve to make bold changes. ..."
Since that noble verbiage, though, Stroger and his top lieutenants have behaved as if they're frantic to demolish the image of a reformer that he initially tried to project. And those sacred cows--many of them Democratic precinct captains--are still feeding on county hay (and pay).
Stroger's proposed budget, rather than slaughtering needless herds of political hacks in the county bureaucracy, instead tilts toward cutting frontline service workers. And his Stroger Friends and Family Plan, with top jobs awarded to his cronies, has betrayed voters who had trusted his campaign lip service to reform.
Then, as if spoiling to offend citizens who care about green spaces, Stroger staged an arguably illegal raid on $13 million of Forest Preserve District money to help balance the county's budget. In that fiasco, County Board members--wearing their other hats as forest preserve overseers--essentially robbed the district in order to benefit their other government. Gross conflict of self-interests? Breach of fiduciary duty to the forest district? Note that county finance chair John Daley and forest preserves finance chair Michael Quigley stayed on the legal side of their oaths to protect the preserves by voting against Stroger's raid.
What's increasingly obvious is that Stroger lacks the maturity and skill to lead the reform agenda his inaugural speechwriters promised.
As a result, board members are stepping forward to reshape his budget. Late Tuesday, 10 of the 17 commissioners completed an omnibus budget amendment that would cut administrative jobs from the county's budget while restoring money for health professionals, prosecutors, public defenders, sheriff's police officers and other service providers. The 10 co-sponsors are Forrest Claypool, Earlean Collins, Liz Gorman, Gregg Goslin, Joan Patricia Murphy, Tony Peraica, Quigley, Timothy Schneider, Robert Steele and Larry Suffredin.
The board members' initiative is partly a matter of tuning out an increasingly clumsy Todd Stroger, partly an acknowledgment that there aren't enough votes on the board for a tax increase. If those votes ever existed--we doubt it--Stroger's hiring and promotion of so many high-paid pals and relatives has made the mere notion of tax hikes that much more toxic. Are taxpayers supposed to give more money to an institution where nepotism and patronage are arrogantly celebrated as the boss' favorite sport?
County Board members are required to adopt a budget by the end of this month. The instant they do, they face a much more bracing requirement: to streamline county government so the same budget debacle doesn't play out for 2008.
Copyright © 2007, Chicago Tribune

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  1. Anonymous said...
    LOL! That bastard should get dead flowers and pink slip after what he is going to the city of Chicago by hiring his buddies and making major cuts to hospitals,prisons, and so on, and unable to balance the budget. I hope the taxpayers of Chicago show Todd Urkel some "love" by showing his ass the door!

    SP Biloxi
    Third Generation Chicago Native said...
    I know all the politicians in this town love Todd for keeping the media so busy. The union for the defenders are threatening to sue him.

    too late:
    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.
    Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...
    "The union for the defenders are threatening to sue him."

    And the defenders should. Defensers can't work on three or four day work schedule. This is not a 9-5 job. Todd simply trying put the defenders on a leash as well as city workers. I see in explosion of fighting with Todd and the public. The question is how much Todd will destroy the city financially.

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