Welcome Back Todd Stroger



Todd Stroger came back to work on Monday. He said the day after his surgery his was in contact with his office and had been ever since. He also said that he will only last until 1-2 o'clock back to work before he gets too tired. Dick Devine, Cook County State's Attorney met with Todd Stroger and had 150 of his prosecutors there as well. Recovering or not Dick Devine is ready for Todd Stroger to deal with the raise needed for his prosecutors.

Not the answer to the health care problem at Cook County
Cook County Board President Todd Stroger said Tuesday it was not likely that the county's Provident Hospital would merge with Michael Reese Hospital, backing off from comments made earlier by his administration.
"You know what I say about a merger -- you don't really have a merger, someone takes someone else over," Stroger said during his first press conference following surgery for prostate cancer. "We'd have to take over them (Reese)."
Michael Reese is being squeezed out of its 37-acre lakefront campus south of the McCormick Place convention complex, and the county is in talks with Reese officials about joining forces.
County health bureau chief Robert Simon said Monday that merging the South Side hospitals at Provident was the mostly likely way of handling that.
But Stroger said a merger was full of complications involving unions and management. He said he would prefer to lease empty space at Provident, 500 E. 51st St., to Michael Reese and keep Provident running as a separate hospital.
"We don't use 45 percent of the space we have," Stroger said of Provident.

When Dick Devine, Cook County State's attorney appeared at the Cook County building he had 150 Cook County prosecutors giving him a rock star status greeting
The roughly 150 Cook County prosecutors who packed the county board room and a sweltering lobby on Tuesday got a mixed response to their demand for a 12.75 percent pay raise.
Commissioner Larry Suffredin (D-Evanston) told them that he was trying to arrange a deal with board President Todd Stroger's administration that would tap unused funds from court settlements and other sources to provide the $8.7 million needed for the retroactive cost-of-living raise. Assistant state's attorneys have not received a cost-of-living raise for three years.
"I expect by the July 31 meeting we'll have an agreement ... that will lead to checks being issued in August," Suffredin said.
But Stroger (D-Chicago) said he knew nothing about that plan and intended to raise prosecutors' wages only after the county sells land around Oak Forest Hospital -- a process he warned would not happen soon.
"I made no promises with dates," Stroger said. "I didn't give (commissioners) a time frame because I didn't know a time frame."
The prosecutors said going three years without a pay hike has put them behind the salaries of their unionized counterparts in the county public defender's office. The average salary of an assistant state's attorney is about $69,000 while it's about $83,000 for an assistant public defender, according to the state's attorney's office.
Commissioner Mike Quigley (D-Chicago) said he voted for Stroger's compromise budget in February only because Stroger promised to act quickly to sell the Oak Forest property and provide prosecutors with a raise.
"A promise was made to me, a promise was made to the state's attorney in front of me, and the president has broken that promise," Quigley said. "If the president's office had not dragged its feet ... that (raise) would be paid."
Stroger said he intends to honor that promise but nothing can happen overnight.

10 Comments:

  1. SP Biloxi said...
    "Dick Devine, Cook County State's Attorney met with Todd Stroger and had 150 of his prosecutors there as well. Recovering or not Dick Devine is ready for Todd Stroger to deal with the raise needed for his prosecutors."

    I read on that earlier. I will post the article for tomorrow. Urkel hem and haw the prosecutors on how to deal with a raise or increase to the attorneys. And the money can found from the overpayed employees that Urkel hired and including his own salary.
    SP Biloxi said...
    Did you welcome Todd back with balloons and cake, Chicago Native?
    KittyBowTie1 said...
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    KittyBowTie1 said...
    Try again, the United Republican Fund, P.O. Box 706 Winfield, IL 60190 USA has an

    Impeach Blago

    Web site.
    SP Biloxi said...
    "Try again, the United Republican Fund, P.O. Box 706 Winfield, IL 60190 USA"

    LMAO!

    So, there is a website set up to drop kick Blago out of office, huh? Didn't he get elected in office in 2006?
    KittyBowTie1 said...
    Blago cannot get the "Gray Davis" treatment. Yes, he just got re-elected and his opponent was the former state treasurer who had been that since the Orange Jumpsuit wearing former gov. Ryan. So, she looked bad because of him. Plus, Blago had a huge campaign war chest. Anyone being a campaign donor had good chances for govt. contracts under pay-to-play. I don't think voters 'got' that. I was hoping the Rugby Man's investigation got closer to home for Blago before the election, just because I know voters did not understand how corrupt pay-to-play is.
    Third Generation Chicago Native said...
    No flowers, baloons, candy etc. for Toddster on his first day back.
    Blagojevich, hmm, when or will a budget ever be passed? Most people voted for him because Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn is well liked and respected, and Judy Baar, the GOP opponent, with her long and close ties to ex-Gov Ryan, who by the way is out on appeal.....will he ever spend a day in jail?
    I am glad to see that Dick Devine was fired up and ready to greet Toddler back to work, Dick Devine and 150 Cook County prosecuters gave him a nice welcome back party, sorry Biloxi, they had the welcome back greetings under control for the Toddster, I could not top that one!
    SP Biloxi said...
    "I am glad to see that Dick Devine was fired up and ready to greet Toddler back to work, Dick Devine and 150 Cook County prosecuters gave him a nice welcome back party, sorry Biloxi, they had the welcome back greetings under control for the Toddster, I could not top that one!"

    LOL!

    Let us know when the budget is passed. It is getting ridiculous.

    "Plus, Blago had a huge campaign war chest."

    Kittybowtie:

    Blago sounds like the Gropinator. Hopefully, the Rugby Man's investigation gets closer to exposing Blago. People will thank the Rugby Man later when Blago is truly exposed. Right now, there are too many bad people in Illnois for the Rugby Man to indict and convict.
    KittyBowTie1 said...
    You got that right. Too many criminal politicians, so little time.
    SP Biloxi said...
    "Too many criminal politicians, so little time."

    And too little pay in my opinion, kittybowtie. And when are they going to pass the budget????

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