Tight races in Cook County Board presidential primaries

February 1, 2010 3:16:41 PM PST
It's the final push to get last minute votes before Tuesday's Illinois primary election. The Democratic race for Cook Country Board president is expected to be a close one as incumbent board president Todd Stroger tries to hold on to his seat.

In the last 24 hours before the primary, the candidates are taking different approaches, some continuing to work their day jobs and some making the most of any opportunity to meet and greet potential voters.

The lunch crowd at Manny's got a visit from Terry O'Brien, one of the Democratic candidates for Cook County Board president. O'Brien, the water reclamation district president, greeted Cook County residents at various locations Monday.

"We've been working hard day and night," said O'Brien. "We've got a great team in place, got a lot of resources on the street, and we'll be prepared tomorrow on Election Day to get out the vote."

In River Forest, the current Cook County Board president held a news conference to announce a stimulus grant to fund public safety agencies. The day before the primary, Todd Stroger is confident.

"It's been a busy last seven days -- 12, 14 hour days. You want to make sure people hear your message and it hasn't always gotten out, but I was very happy about the response. That's why I feel so good about Tuesday," said Stroger.

Recent polls show Alderman Toni Preckwinkle in the lead of the Democratic race for board president. She spent most of the day working in her aldermanic office but took a break at lunch for a private fundraiser.

"I'm so grateful for the support we've received," said Preckwinkle. "Elections are won on Election Day. We'll work hard and keep our fingers crossed."

Rounding out the Democratic race for board president is the Clerk of the Circuit Court Dorothy Brown. She did not have any public appears Monday. ABC 7 caught up with her Sunday campaigning in the south suburbs

"All the powers that be that don't want to see change have been battling, because we are an independent that is really a candidate and elected official for the people," Brown said Sunday.

There are two candidates on the Republican side: John Garrido lunched with firefighters on the Southwest Side Monday. And Roger Keats worked the phones.

There is some concern about the impact of low voter turn out Tuesday and the forecast of snow.