Sunday, November 15, 2009
Todd Stroger a No-Show at Candidates Forum (Updated)
UPDATED: SEE VIDEO REPORT HERE Chicago - Nov. 15, 2009 - There should have been four Democrat candidates for Cook County Board President at a forum for candidates running for Cook County Board President. Three showed up, but the incumbent was an unapologetic no-show. Present and willing to answer questions from moderator Andy Shaw were Toni Preckwinkle, Dorothy Brown and Terrence J. O'Brien. Preckwinkle is currently Chicago's 4th Ward alderman; Brown is currently the Clerk of the Cook County Circuit Court; O'Brien is the current President of Metropolitan Water Reclamation District. Stroger, the current President of the Cook County Board, was absent. The crowd was surprisingly small; slightly
less more than half of the room was full.
There were signs and campaign literature in the foyer of the student center from Brown, Preckwinkle and O'Brien, but Stroger's campaign efforts were as starkly absent as he was.
The candidates forum was sponsored by the Better Government Association (BFA) and the 43rd Ward Democrats at the DePaul Student Center, just south of Fullerton Avenue in Lincoln Park. Andy Shaw is the Executive Director of the BGA. He was a political reporter for ABC7 (WLS) in Chicago from 1983 until his retirement just after Barack Obama's presidential swearing in ceremony in January, 2009.
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