Cook Co. Board pres. candidates talk health care

January 26, 2010 5:53:59 AM PST
Reform of the Cook County medical system has been a top campaign rally among the candidates running for board president.Democrat Toni Preckwinkle says the only way health care can stay viable in the county is to make the independent governing board permanent. That board was put into place a year and a half ago.

All county hospital and clinic operations are controlled by the board. The panel was established for a three-year term.

"I think it's critical that we make it permanent. We continue to have professional management of our healthcare system and separate that professional management from the patronage and political influence that has damaged healthcare in the past," said Ald. Toni Preckwinkle.

Meanwhile, another Democrat board president candidate says he's not getting fair media coverage of the race.

Terrance O'Brien says he's launching a new campaign ad to set the record straight about his record and his challengers.

Preckwinkle and O'Brien are running against Dorothy Brown and incumbent Todd Stroger for the Democratic nomination.