We've heard former county board President Todd Stroger's name thrown about since he lost the Democratic primary to current President Toni Preckwinkle. He ultimately dropped out of the race for 2nd Congressional District and was keen to take over for former Commissioner Bill Beavers on the County Board itself only for the seat to be given to Stanley Moore. Now it appears he wants to get back on the county board as a commissioner:
Todd Stroger said Thursday night he plans to run for a seat on the Cook Country Board.He said he would maintain his job as an insurance salesman during next year's campaign and he made his announcement not long after telling this class that he disliked being county board President saying: "It was four years of just hell. I was fighting all the time, the newspapers were just crucifying me".
Stroger, who lost a re-election bid for Cook County Board president in 2010, said he plans to run for the seat Bill Beavers was forced to vacate after Beavers was convicted of failing to pay taxes on campaign money he used to gamble.
Stroger made the announcement while serving as a guest speaker at a Roosevelt University urban politics class, prompting Professor Paul Green to lead his class in a round of applause.
“I’ve had almost four years to kind of relax and think about things, and I think it’s time to get back in,” said Stroger after the paid speaking engagement.
Bill Beaver had filled John Stroger's old seat since 2006 until his conviction in federal court of tax evasion back in March. John Stroger had been incapacitated before the 2006 Democratic primary due to a stroke and won the primary was forced to drop out of the race due to his condition. His son Todd Stroger was appointed to take his father's place on the ballot for the county board presidency and ultimately won the race serving in that role until 2010.