Board president candidates meet in forum

November 21, 2009 8:45:49 PM PST
The four Democrats running for president of the Cook County board held a debate Saturday, and each claimed to represent efficient and effective government.The candidates forum in Quinn Chapel AME church was sponsored by the South Side NAACP.

The candidates are Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy brown, Water Reclamation District President Terry O'Brien, Chicago Alderman Toni Preckwinkle, and the incumbent, Board President Todd Stroger.

"Cook County is in a fiscal management crisis, and the time is right for a Cook County board president that's a proven leader," said Brown.

"Our agency gave back to the taxpayers of this region $56 million," O'Brien said.

"My plan is to incrementally eliminate the1 percent increase in the sales tax that was enacted 1 year ago," said Preckwinkle.

"What does that tax mean to you? It means that it's gonna support that public health system, three hospitals and 14 clinics," Stroger said.

The voters will choose the nominee in the February 2nd primary.


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