Stroger Defends Transition To Preckwinkle

CHICAGO (CBS/WBBM) – Cook County Board President Todd Stroger is defending the way he’s handling the transition with incoming Board President—and critic—Toni Preckwinkle.

At the latest County Board meeting, Commissioner John Daley requested an update on the reportedly testy transition process and outgoing President Todd Stroger was eager to give him one.

Stroger tells commissioners he is working with incoming President Toni Preckwinkle, though he may not be providing her transition team with as much information as quickly as it seems to want.

Commissioner William Beavers, a Stroger ally, says Preckwinkle would get more cooperation if she stopped talking about how many country employees she’ll fire when she takes over.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Mary Frances Bragiel Reports

He said Preckwinkle should “Listen, shut up and get over here and try to do some work. That’s what you need to do. ”

But, in fact, there’s an ordinance that says County officials have to cooperate with the next President.

Alderman Preckwinkle’s transition team issued a statement in response to Stroger’s assertions. It reads: “The transition efforts got off to a slow start. As we’ve said before, we’ve had some cooperation within the different departments. But we’ve got three weeks for the rest of the transition and we, put simply, need more information and faster.”

Newsradio 780 Political Editor Craig Dellimore contributed to this report.

  • mothermary

    And thats why stroger is gone..

  • Bob Hamilton

    I don’t think that Todd has any useful information. What could he possibly know that she can’t find out on her own? Todd, how can I improve the operations of this agency? Are there any areas that we might consider outsourcing? Will I need as many spokespersons as you had? My family is smaller than yours, what do I do?

  • Smooth

    Stroger is the “African-American Blagojevich” Doesn’t what has been uncovered so far make you angry that this clown betrayed the people of Chicago. Just another embarrasment to Chicago and society.

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