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Cook County Board Wed Jan 07 2009

A Reinvigorated Cook County GOP?

When the GOP lost any real influence over the patronage-heavy Cook County Board, it became a necessity for them to hold on to political power in the suburbs that ring the edge of the County if they wanted to stay at a fighting weight statewide. Beginning with the fall of George Ryan, though, their grip on the suburbs has weakened, allowing Democratic candidates to swamp them with votes from the city and inner-ring suburbs.

With the growing unpopularity of the Stroger administration and this vague scandal involving the Governor's office (maybe you heard about it), the GOP is regrouping to take a run at asserting themselves at the county level in Cook. Building a voter base in Cook County could be the key to revitalizing the party statewide. CBS political correspondent Mike Flannery has the scoop:

In just 10 months from now, Republican State Sen. Matt Murphy says he will likely file nominating petitions to run against Democrat Todd Stroger for Cook County Board president. An FBI raid and ongoing investigation at the County Building that may soon produce new criminal charges would be one centerpiece of Murphy's campaign.

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Pedro / January 7, 2009 9:31 AM

Of course. You would have to be a complete idiot to look at the democratic party in IL as a viable option for responsible government now and in the future.

Higher taxes (sales & property)
Nanny-state measures
Pay-to-play politics
Financial Insolvency (just wait)
Leasing off assets to stave off responsible budgeting
Police brutality w/no accountability

One party rule has been a complete failure for IL.

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Parents Still Steaming, but About More Than Just Boilers

By Phil Huckelberry / 2 Comments

It's now been 11 days since the carbon monoxide leak which sent over 80 Prussing Elementary School students and staff to the hospital. While officials from Chicago Public Schools have partially answered some questions, and CPS CEO Forrest Claypool has informed that he will be visiting the school to field more questions on Nov. 16, many parents remain irate at the CPS response to date. More...

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Substance, Not Style, the Source of Rahm's Woes

By Ramsin Canon / 2 Comments

It's not surprising that some of Mayor Emanuel's sympathizers and supporters are confusing people's substantive disputes with the mayor as the effect of poor marketing on his part. It's exactly this insular worldview that has gotten the mayor in hot... More...

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