CHICAGO (WBBM) — Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said Tuesday that it’s inappropriate for her predecessor, Todd Stroger, to seek unemployment benefits after losing his re-election bid last year.

As WBBM Newsradio 780 Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports, Preckwinkle acknowledged her office does not have the final say in whether or not Stroger will get unemployment benefits.

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But she made it clear she takes a dim view of Stroger’s attempt to get unemployment benefits based on his $170,000 salary while he was Cook County Board president.

“I don’t think it’s appropriate for elected officials who lose elections to apply for unemployment compensation,” Preckwinkle said Tuesday.

Stroger finished last in his bid for re-election last year and has filed for unemployment benefits after leaving office.

The county’s human resources office is opposing the request on legal grounds, arguing that he is ineligible as a former elected official.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security will make the final decision about whether Stroger will receive any benefits.

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