First off congratulations to the Capital Fax for being named one of the best blogs, well because it is! (By Chicago Magazine)
Thanks to Rich Miller blog owner and political writer, and a hard working one at that! A big thanks, and a picture of US Cellular because Rich is also a fellow Sox Fan!

The Chicago Tribune printed phone numbers of all the Cook County Commissioners that vote for Todd Stroger's sales tax increase. Then Chicago Tribune is also printing each and every day the days until all of the Commissioners, including Mr. President Toddler up up for re-election, thanks Tribune.

Now there is another number today, one for the Southtown Star, email if you prefer, let them know what you think about Todd Stroger and how well he is doing.
The Southtown Star has done the best job covering Cook County and Cook County events, even though their publication is mostly bought in Commissioner John Daley's district.




"I'm doing what's best for the people. That's how I'm running the government. And until this place falls apart, then I'll step up and say, you know what, I screwed up," Stroger said. "But until then, I'll tell you I'm doing a damn good job."



Effort to repeal Cook County sales tax fails Stroger defends his governing abilities

July 23, 2008Recommend (1)

BY MARK KONKOL, sun-times news group
Self-described Cook County Board reformers took one last shot at repealing the county's sales tax increase that went into effect this month, but they didn't have the votes to make it happen.

The county board on Tuesday easily killed the sales tax rollback plan offered by Commissioner Tony Peraica.

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The proposal sparked a lengthy debate peppered with finger-pointing, name-calling and tricky parliamentary maneuvers that ended in an anti-climactic 10-to-7 vote.

Peraica took most of the heat. Commissioner Earlean Collins said Peraica's move was "all talk." Other board members criticized Peraica for being "irresponsible" by trying to repeal the tax in the middle of the year.

"To vote in favor of the repeal of the sales tax today would be to send our government to bankruptcy court possibly or to stop essential services," Commissioner Roberto Maldonado said.

When the rather long-winded arguments were over, Board President Todd Stroger said he is irritated by the constant criticism of his administration.

"I'm doing what's best for the people. That's how I'm running the government. And until this place falls apart, then I'll step up and say, you know what, I screwed up," Stroger said. "But until then, I'll tell you I'm doing a damn good job."

The tax has been controversial throughout the county. Businesses say they are losing sales to bordering counties. City officials in Palatine have even begun agitating for secession from Cook County.

On July 1, the county's portion of the sales tax increased 1 percentage point - a penny on the dollar - to 1.75 percent, giving Chicago the highest sales tax in the country at 10.25 percent.

When Peraica realized he didn't have support to overturn the tax hike, he tried to delay a vote. But commissioners who supported the sales tax increase pressed the issue.

Some commissioners said Peraica - the Republican candidate for Cook County State's Attorney - brought the sales tax issue back as a stunt to get publicity for his campaign.

Peraica said that's not true.

"I want to make sure I get the nine votes and repeal this tax and put the onus on the president of the county board to veto it. And then try to get the votes to override the veto," he said. "Is it simple or easy? No. Is it worth trying? Yes. And I'd do it again."

What do you think? Is Todd Stroger doing "a damn fine job"? Comment on this story at SouthtownStar.com or call Speak Out at 708 633-6785. You can also e-mail at SpeakOut@southtownstar.com

4 Comments:

  1. The Sixth Ward Calendar said...
    Yeah I think that it's time for Todd Stroger to kiss that presidency good bye. If political dynasties skip a generation let it be his because he hasn't done his daddy a lot of justice.
    SP Biloxi said...
    And when is Urkel getting the boot as CC President?
    KittyBowTie1 said...
    The Toddler is doing a heckuvajob, just like Brownie of FEMA.
    KittyBowTie1 said...
    The Toddler is doing a heckuvajob, just like Brownie of FEMA.

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