SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Stroger has cancer

Tuesday, Jun 19, 2007

First, let me say that I wish Cook County Board President Todd Stroger all the best in his fight with prostate cancer…

Cook County Board President Todd Stroger underwent surgery to have his prostate removed Monday as it was revealed that he’s battling cancer.

Stroger was diagnosed with prostate cancer 10 months ago, according to those close to him who confirmed the illness after the Chicago Sun-Times learned of it. With his wife, Jeanine, at his side, he came through surgery well, and there is hope that the cancer — found on a small portion of his prostate — did not spread, said Stroger chief of staff Lance Tyson.

Removing the prostate is a standard treatment for prostate cancer, medical experts say. Stroger is expected to spend the next two to three weeks recovering at home, Tyson said. “He’s doing OK.”

So, why did the Sun-Times have to dig out this little fact from insider sources while every other media outlet in the county was kept in the dark? Here’s a representative story from yesterday

Cook County Board President Todd Stroger will take a leave of up to three weeks for what is being described only as a routine medical procedure, his office announced Monday. […]

The procedure occurred Monday. Aides declined to say anything more about the medical condition or to disclose what hospital is treating Mr. Stroger, citing privacy reasons.

But now, according to the Sun-Times, Stroger wants to take everything public…

Stroger plans to embark on a public campaign to raise awareness of prostate cancer risks and the chance of successful recovery if detected early, Tyson said.

Count me as one of those who thinks Stroger gets too much bad press. Political reporters have never given the guy an even break, but way too often his office simply bungles things.

He cuts administrative costs at the hospital, but the stories focus on a handful of egregious patronage hires. He consolidates services, and the papers say he’s slashing critical care. The House votes to provide $100 million in funding, and pundits say he shouldn’t get the money until he cuts the waiting lines, which seems a bit bassackwards if you ask me.

Of course, he brings a lot of this on himself. His elevation following his father’s stroke caused an understandable outcry, which wasn’t helped by his so-called “allies,” particularly that blowhard Bill Beavers. As far as I can tell he’s never really walked through the budget with reporters so they could separate the hype from the facts. And he missed a golden opportunity when the House voted to appropriate that $100 million to point out how the cash would be used.

And now we have the initial coverup of his health status, which is gonna drive the reporters even more insane. Remember, he was elected in November, after he was diagnosed with cancer, according to the official timeline.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


24 Comments
  1. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jun 19, 07 @ 9:08 am:

    Maybe this should be a question of the day - how much about a candidate’s/officeholder’s health should be made public? I mean, virtually all of them are fathers/mothers/sons/daughters. If that were the standard, as Stroger’s spokesman suggests, then NO health information would be disclosed.


  2. - Ferdy - Tuesday, Jun 19, 07 @ 9:13 am:

    Perhaps you should take a look at what Stroger’s actions REALLY did. Instead of making smart budget choices about where to cut, Stroger prescribed a 20% across-the-board cut–the sloppiest kind of budgeting there is and one that has cost truly needed healthcare services and policing. And since when do patronage hires into extremely responsible positions (such as his own candidacy) amount to a small matter in government?


  3. - Down in Egypt - Tuesday, Jun 19, 07 @ 9:17 am:

    Rich,

    It’s always nice to see someone else use the word bassackwards.


  4. - Wumpus - Tuesday, Jun 19, 07 @ 9:27 am:

    Will his son take his place while he recovers? Did he go to Stroger Hospital?


  5. - Ravenswood Right Winger - Tuesday, Jun 19, 07 @ 9:38 am:

    Looking more and more like a one-termer. Who beats him in the Democratic primary in 2010?


  6. - Levois - Tuesday, Jun 19, 07 @ 9:48 am:

    As much as I didn’t like what happened last year. And yeah I think some of should get over it. I wish him a speedy recovery.

    And I agree with Rich as president of the country board he’s made some mistakes. Also that he gets some bad press, but probably only because of what happened last year.


  7. - Ron Burgundy - Tuesday, Jun 19, 07 @ 9:55 am:

    I certainly join those in wishing him a speedy recovery, but…

    a Stroger hides the severity of an illness for political gain? Am I experiencing deja vu?


  8. - Boone Logan Square - Tuesday, Jun 19, 07 @ 10:04 am:

    Here’s hoping the cancer was completely removed. Here’s also hoping that we will not see a sudden replacement of Todd Stroger by Hans Eric Stroger as commissioner.


  9. - rachel - Tuesday, Jun 19, 07 @ 10:07 am:

    Did the “lost body” at the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office have to do with the 20% budget cuts as alluded to by the funeral director?
    Although, I too, wish him a speedy recovery, I believe his illness was covered up during the election.


  10. - Cassandra - Tuesday, Jun 19, 07 @ 10:22 am:

    All the best to Mr. Stroger.

    However—does it make any difference whether he is there or not. He is so clearly not up to the job. He simply doesn’t have the experience, either in business or in government, to run a large government unit. And he is far too heavily influenced by traditional Dem politicians who want to preserve patronage jobs and contracts at virtually any cost to the Cook County taxpayers.

    A situation that comes to us courtesy of our Democratic Chicago Machine, including all those lakefront libs.


  11. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jun 19, 07 @ 10:50 am:

    Two headlines in today’s Tribune:

    Stroger has prostate surgery

    and

    County’s health system faces ax

    Hmm. Perhaps if the stories were combined, with a single headline - Stroger faces prostate surgery with ax at County Hospital - we’d see a change of heart regarding the devastating cuts to the Cook health system by the “President”.


  12. - ZC - Tuesday, Jun 19, 07 @ 11:06 am:

    Cassandra,

    In defense of “lakefront libs,” the wards adjoining the lakefront (including the loop) where presumably these libs must reside are 42, 43, 44, 46, 48 and 49. Forrest Claypool carried all these wards, 5 of them by 63% or more. For that matter, in the GENERAL, 4 of these 6 wards went narrowly for Peraica.

    And even for the lakefront libs who did vote Stroger over Peraica, Peraica’s torchlit election night march across the Loop still provides plenty of cover, in my opinion. The race that counted was Claypool vs. Stroger, and you can’t blame the lakefront libs for that one.


  13. - Bill - Tuesday, Jun 19, 07 @ 11:07 am:

    Good Luck, Buddy.
    Get well soon!


  14. - Voice of Reason - Tuesday, Jun 19, 07 @ 12:04 pm:

    As in politics and in government there are many ways to skin a cat. Cook County is the second largest county in the United States. The government includes a variety of elected officials from different areas of the public sector. As is the case with most individuals, they see their singular jobs as more important than the next. The job of the President is to look at Cook County as a whole and make the best decisions possible. A month and half is an extremely short time to dissect every department in regard to cuts and reforms within every department and office in the county. In demanding 15% cuts, every elected official and every department is put on an equal level. Every department and elected official has important roles that contribute to the well-being of Cook County. However, in the grand scheme of things, no elected official is either better or greater than the next.

    Now if you want to talk in detail…get a copy of the actual budget (Also, a copy of that budget can be reviewed on the Cook County website), and see if every department took a 15 percent or as some have said 20 percent cut.

    Obviously, everyone can not afford the same cut but in order to change and reform government you have to start somewhere. The budget process requires department heads to meet in good faith and compare numbers to see what options are available to make the budget work with the dollars available. Unfortunately, due to arrogance and the unwillingness to work together with President Stroger, some elected officials wanted to politicize the process when they knew that cuts were coming four to five years prior.

    The same Commissioners, press, and critics who disagree with the moves and changes being made did not support a tax increase to keep front line workers, administrators, and county staff working. Also, the same Commissioners and critics did not offer any valid ideas for increased revenue or funds that would help the county balance its deficit. Let’s not be fooled…If people are really concerned with Cook County government, let’s not sabotage an elected official, under the appearance of trying to establish your own political agenda.

    Put yourself in the President’s shoes for one minute. You inherit a deficit of 500 million dollars.
    Option A.) Do you continue to spend tax payer dollars and continue to borrow additional funds by putting yourself in deeper debt?
    OR
    Option B.) Do you make the hard decisions to reform and implement changes that are necessary for Cook County to function properly?

    A Response to Patronage

    Just recently Donald Stevens, the beloved Mayor of Rosemont passed away. His son, Bradley Stevens, was elected by the trustee board to take his place. Other major departments in Rosemont are also directly related to Mayor Stevens. However, the decision for Bradley Stevens to be the next mayor was applauded by media outlets, and the same critics that complain about patronage in Cook County. There is a time in everyone’s life where they must take a stand and decide what team you are going to play for. If you are going to be against patronage for one, then you should against patronage for all. And if you are in the middle, what is the reasoning for criticizing one, and praising the other.


  15. - Toad - Tuesday, Jun 19, 07 @ 1:14 pm:

    He gets bad press because he deserves bad press…you’re a member of the media, write something good about him if you feel that badly about it.


  16. - Captain America - Tuesday, Jun 19, 07 @ 3:19 pm:

    I wish Todd Sroger a speedy recovery abd good health for the rest of his term. Thereafter, I wish him complete and total political oblivion and a happy and prosperous retirement from political life.

    Don’t blame the lakefront libs and independents for electing Todd Stroger - blame the Republican party for nominating an unelectable candidate. I agree with the previous blogger who noted that Peraica’s outrageous conduct on the primary election night suggests why he was an unacceptable alternative to lakefront libs and independents.


  17. - Way Northsider - Tuesday, Jun 19, 07 @ 4:40 pm:

    I hope the man is testing the county health services - he deserves to.


  18. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jun 19, 07 @ 6:48 pm:

    the cuts in preventive services at Cook all but guarantees that poor people will die from cancer not caught early, unlike Stroger, whose County employee, taxpayer supported health benefits are “gold-plated”. How shameful!


  19. - Clara "The Clairvoyant" - Tuesday, Jun 19, 07 @ 6:56 pm:

    I wish Todd Stroger the best of luck. Now, what I am about to say will seem by some as though I am kicking a guy when he is down but that is not my intention.

    I have a problem with any elected public official who “hides the facts” from the public in order to help assure himself of being elected or re-elected. The fact that Todd Stroger deliberately withheld from the voters the knowledge that he had a serious medical condition while all the time knowing his own medical condition is to my way of thinking simply a man who will lie or do whatever it takes to keep himself in office. Just like his father, Todd decided that his getting elected was far more important than exhibiting any honesty about his true medical condition with the voters.

    I am sure that people feel sorry for Todd’s health situation but if Todd Stroger hid this from the public, how many other serious political concerns do you think he would be willing to hide from the public in order to benefit himself?


  20. - Fed up - Tuesday, Jun 19, 07 @ 9:19 pm:

    I too hope he beats cancer but this man does not deserve the job. He hires family and friends to do jobs that they are not capable of. He lies to the press at every turn.He is an embaresment to the democratic party and the county of Cook (Crook)


  21. - Southern Man - Tuesday, Jun 19, 07 @ 9:34 pm:

    Rich,

    I’d love to know what government functions Todd supposedly “consolidtated.” Remember, he won his budget fight last year by peeling off four commissioners from an alternative budget that cut hundreds of duplicative, high-paid white collar political positions and restored the draconian cuts in health care for the poor and working poor. He’s protected the old patronage system as if his life depended on it, at the expense of mostly African American citizens dependent on the county for medical care.


  22. - Peoria Pete - Tuesday, Jun 19, 07 @ 10:24 pm:

    Rich- Why should political reporters or anyone give the Toddster an even break?? What has he done to deserve one?? He and his cronies have dissembled about John Stroger’s medical condition to get him through the primary and them concealed information about his own medical condition to get him through the general election. He was a big nothing in the legislature and a big nothing in the city council, and was handed Daddy’s job as a birthright. He has not given the people of Cook County an “even break” and in all likelihood never will. You don’t deserve from others what you will not give to others.


  23. - A Citizen - Tuesday, Jun 19, 07 @ 10:53 pm:

    - Peoria Pete - I wish you had not said that part about “He was a big nothing in the legislature ” now I’ll have nightmares about guv stroger. Nuts!


  24. - Bridget Dooley - Wednesday, Jun 20, 07 @ 12:44 am:

    You’re wrong on this one, Rich. Todd Stroger deserves every bit of bad press he gets and then some. He’s unsuitable for office and has negatively affected many less fortunate people than himself.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Gonna be a light day here
* No details except for a new hole
* Frerichs to Simon: No thanks
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

          
        * Enter to win the hottest wearable of 2015 with The Apple Watch Giveaway
        * Polyganic is sort of like reverse Flappy Bird
        * Go around the virtual world in 80 Days game for Android
        * Dating Platform Zoosk Ditches IPO Plan As Founders Exit Leadership Roles
        * Samsung working out deal to compete with Apple Pay
        * Inbox Messenger Raises $3.9 Million For Its Design-Focused Private Messaging App
        * Apple Reminds Developers About February 64-Bit Support Deadline for Newly Submitted iOS Apps

        * Snapchat’s Evan Spiegel ‘Angry’ and ‘Devastated’ Over Email Leak
        * Report: Top brands find much more engagement on Instagram than Twitter
        * Blu Studio 7.0 Phablet Is Huge
        * Army Showcases Blimp Airship That Could Help Detect Cruise Missiles
        * External traffic to Spanish news sites drops after Google News' exit
        * Bing Does 2015 Predictions
        * Pick the Right Battery for Any DIY Project with This Video

        * Samardzija, Lester are right fits in Windy City
        * Samardzija, Lester are right fits in Windy City
        * White Sox offseason momentum transfers to fans
        * Samardzija, Lester are right fits in Windy City
        * White Sox unveil Samardzija, Robertson, Melky
        * White Sox sign Brad Penny to minor league deal
        * Wave of enthusiasm fuels White Sox momentum

        ...............


        Main Menu
        Home
        Illinois
        YouTube
        Pundit rankings
        Obama
        Subscriber Content
        Durbin
        Burris
        Blagojevich Trial
        Advertising
        Updated Posts
        Polls

        Archives
        December 2014
        November 2014
        October 2014
        September 2014
        August 2014
        July 2014
        June 2014
        May 2014
        April 2014
        March 2014
        February 2014
        January 2014
        December 2013
        November 2013
        October 2013
        September 2013
        August 2013
        July 2013
        June 2013
        May 2013
        April 2013
        March 2013
        February 2013
        January 2013
        December 2012
        November 2012
        October 2012
        September 2012
        August 2012
        July 2012
        June 2012
        May 2012
        April 2012
        March 2012
        February 2012
        January 2012
        December 2011
        November 2011
        October 2011
        September 2011
        August 2011
        July 2011
        June 2011
        May 2011
        April 2011
        March 2011
        February 2011
        January 2011
        December 2010
        November 2010
        October 2010
        September 2010
        August 2010
        July 2010
        June 2010
        May 2010
        April 2010
        March 2010
        February 2010
        January 2010
        December 2009
        November 2009
        October 2009
        September 2009
        August 2009
        July 2009
        June 2009
        May 2009
        April 2009
        March 2009
        February 2009
        January 2009
        December 2008
        November 2008
        October 2008
        September 2008
        August 2008
        July 2008
        June 2008
        May 2008
        April 2008
        March 2008
        February 2008
        January 2008
        December 2007
        November 2007
        October 2007
        September 2007
        August 2007
        July 2007
        June 2007
        May 2007
        April 2007
        March 2007
        February 2007
        January 2007
        December 2006
        November 2006
        October 2006
        September 2006
        August 2006
        July 2006
        June 2006
        May 2006
        April 2006
        March 2006
        February 2006
        January 2006
        December 2005
        April 2005
        March 2005
        February 2005
        January 2005
        December 2004
        November 2004
        October 2004

        Blog*Spot Archives
        November 2005
        October 2005
        September 2005
        August 2005
        July 2005
        June 2005
        May 2005

        Syndication

        RSS Feed 2.0
        Comments RSS 2.0
        WordPress

        Loading


        * Gov.-elect Rauner says some agency directors ma.....
        * Illinois said farewell to the late State Comptr.....
        * Topic matches for "springfield"..
        * Memorial Service Scheduled for Topinka in Subur.....
        * Memorial held for Judy Baar Topinka..


        * Topinka remembered as honest, tough at memorial
        * Senate approves NATO-trial prosecutor for US bench
        * New trial linked to disgraced judge gets underway
        * Illinois employers reminded of income-tax rollback
        * Chicago 'petcoke' handler says it'll enclose piles
        * U Illinois trustee Pam Strobel won't serve again
        * Trial set for Waukegan mother accused of murder
        * NIU offering live video stream of dorm demolition
        * U of Illinois trustee Pam Strobel resigns
        * Cicero landlord gets life in fire that killed 7

        * Illinois employers reminded of income-tax rollback
        * Memorial service for Topinka begins in suburban Chicago
        * Topinka remembered as tough, honest leader at memorial service
        * Police use vacant Jacksonville site to train for worst-case scenarios
        * State-grant fraud case in hands of federal jury
        * Gov.-elect Rauner says some agency directors may stay
        * Attorney blames couple's bookkeeper in state grant fraud case
        * Attorney general: Quinn, Rauner each should name comptrollers, then voters choose in 2016
        * Prosecutor: Chicago couple bought cars, paid son’s mortgage with grant money
        * Gov.-elect Rauner announces inauguration events, including 'famous musical act' at PCCC

        * Chicago couple's $3.4 million fraud case now in jury's hands
        * McDonald's rises as Ackman spurs talk he's taking a stake
        * Allstate elevates No. 2 exec, but is he the next CEO?
        * Orbitz, U.S. travel industry carefully eye Cuba tourism
        * Judy Baar Topinka remembered as honest, tough


        * Christianity under siege
        * Top 10 political GIFs of 2014, ranked
        * Peter King: Ted Cruz is 'one big self-inflicted wound'
        * Jury begins deliberations in fraud trial of Chicago couple
        * Home from Cuba, Alan Gross says freedom is not free
        * 10 things to know — good and bad — about Jeb Bush
        * Rick Santorum: 'Obviously sex isn’t a real problem for me'
        * Protesters want elected Chicago Public Schools board
        * Stop gun violence, honor Demario
        * U.S. travel industry carefully eyeing Cuba tourism


        * Man, 18, shot near South Side park
        * Nation's top theater chains will not screen 'The Interview'
        * Former Lake County sheriff's officer dies awaiting trial in jail death case
        * Durbin 'overjoyed' Gross home; Roskam questions shift in U.S.-Cuba ties
        * Funeral on Saturday for 15-year-old Demario Bailey
        * Friends, family pay tribute to Topinka at memorial gathering
        * That ain't 'puck' Joel Quenneville's yelling
        * Public calls for resignation of school board member against gay superintendent
        * 1 killed, at least 3 wounded in separate Tuesday shootings
        * 2 killed, 3 wounded in shootings since Tuesday night


        * Real-estate developer in hot area sees bright future — and displacement
        * Worries rise in Russia as ruble falls
        * Rauner Named Nation's Most Influential Pension Figure
        * Recent incidents cast doubt on Hammond police accountability, critics say
        * Report details big problems at Illinois prison for women; state says it's safe
        * Chicago 'petcoke' handler says it'll enclose piles
        * Obama: US re-establishing relations with Cuba
        * Topinka Remembered As Tough, Honest
        * Mayoral candidate Garcia releases education plan
        * Families make up a growing number of the homeless population


        * Illinois employers reminded of income-tax rollback
        * Memorial service for Topinka begins in suburban Chicago
        * Quote of the day: Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
        * Police use vacant Jacksonville site to train for worst-case scenarios
        * State-grant fraud case in hands of federal jury
        * Michael Gerson: For a politics of repair
        * Gov.-elect Rauner says some agency directors may stay
        * Dana Milbank: The coarsening of politics
        * Quote of the day: Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014
        * Attorney general: Quinn, Rauner each should name comptrollers, then voters choose in 2016


        * UPDATED: Urbana firefighters at house fire in southeast part of city
        * Man sentenced in meth ingredient case
        * Judy Baar Topinka memorial service
        * Six to join SIU Hall of Fame next February
        * Winter weather - maintaining a clear path will help ensure consistent, timely delivery and keep carriers safe
        * Rave, Regal canceling 'Interview'
        * Herrin police: Chicago man found with 21.2 grams of cocaine
        * Updated: U.S. re-establishing relations with Cuba
        * 1st Florida gay divorce granted by judge
        * Church to host Christmas Eve candlelight service


        * EWU's Adams, SDSU's Zenner lead FCS All-Americans
        * Sooners get back 3 key players for bowl vs Clemson
        * Northern Michigan suspends coach for cheat remark
        * BC-Entertainment and Arts Digest,2nd Ld-Writethru
        * Ohio man acquitted after unusual insanity defense dies

        * Davis defeats Callis in race for Congress;...
        * Area leaders show support for president's ...
        * Congressman John Shimkus wins 15th Distric...
        * Saez 202-225-3130 Hoyer Congratulates Lead...
        * Republican John Shimkus wins race in 15th ...
        * Congressman Mark Pocan Introduces Bill to ...
        * Rep. Jan Schakowsky: I Voted Against the R...
        * Rauner: 'I look forward to working very cl...
        * Federal Bill Introduced to Ban Fracking on...
        * Representatives Pocan and Schakowsky Intro...

        * Alan Gross came back to the U.S. today. El......
        * Reaction to release of Alan Gross, future ......
        * The Killeen Daily Herald...
        * US-Cuba diplomatic breakthrough: Obama and......
        * Obama, Castro declare historic breakthroug......

        * Galesburg VA clinic renamed after Lane Evans...
        * Mark Kirk Abandons NRA, Second Amendment: ......
        * Senator Kirk Officially Retires from Naval......

        * Chico, Del Valle Make Endorsements In Chicago Mayor's Race
        * Fioretti Rolls Out TIF Platform, Blasts Marriott Hotel TIF Project
        * Uptown Advances In Curbed Cup Competition For Best Neighborhood
        * Chicago Treasurer Proposes Investing City Pension Funds In Black Neighborhoods
        * National Teachers' Union Donates $200K To Garcia's Chicago Mayoral Campaign
        * Emanuel Releases New Minimum Wage Campaign Ad
        * Judge Clears Rauner's Former Company In Nursing Home Case
        * Cameras To Be Allowed in Certain Cook County Courtrooms
        * Unions File Suit To Block Chicago Pension Measure
        * State officials pay respect to Judy Baar-Topinka


        * Illinois Observes National Impaired Driving Prevention Month - December designated to educate communities about the numerous risks associated with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
        * The Illinois Office Of The State Fire Marshal Promotes Fire Safety During The Holiday Season - Christmas Trees and Decorations Could Pose Risks of Fires
        * Honoring Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka
        * Honoring Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka - United States and Illinois flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Thursday, December 11, 2014.
        * Governor Quinn Statement on the Passing of Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka




            Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller