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Todd Stroger takes a small hit today.

Ald. Todd Stroger, the Democratic nominee for Cook County Board president, and the 8th Ward organization he represents have given almost $8,000 to a group that believes blacks should not be taxed and should not be involved in interracial relationships, and which supports the creation of a separate state for blacks.

Records show that since 2000, the Coalition for the Remembrance of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad (C.R.O.E.) has received $2,000 more from the campaign committee for Ald. Stroger’s father, longtime county Board President John Stroger. […]

The South Side group and its South Holland leader, Munir Muhammad, came under fire this year when critics blasted Gov. Blagojevich for issuing a proclamation honoring the group.

Muhammad, a fixture on cable public access stations, sits on the state Human Rights Commission and has sat on similar city and county boards.

Blagojevich was barely criticized for putting the popular Munir Muhammad on that commission, and Mayor Daley and plenty of others have given to that group, so we’ll see if Stroger gets equal treatment.

Meanwhile, the Tribune reports

In the contest for the Cook County Board presidency, reports showed Todd Stroger had $36,000 in cash at the end of June, only weeks before he was chosen to replace his ailing father, John Stroger, as the Democratic candidate. A spokesman for Todd Stroger said the campaign would not try to access hundreds of thousands of dollars in political funds controlled by his father.

Todd Stroger’s cash is well short of the $535,000 that Republican candidate Tony Peraica reported last week. Most of Peraica’s funds were in the form of loans to himself.

posted by Rich Miller
Tuesday, Aug 1, 06 @ 6:25 am


  1. I can’t stand Todd Stroger however I would be very disappointed in the local media if they make a bigger deal out of this than they need to. Stroger, Daley and Blago should all be held to the same standard on this issue.

    Comment by wndycty Tuesday, Aug 1, 06 @ 7:02 am

  2. “A spokesman for Todd Stroger said the campaign would not try to access hundreds of thousands of dollars in political funds controlled by his father.”

    When did Rod become Jr.’s spokesperson?

    Comment by Anonymous Tuesday, Aug 1, 06 @ 7:21 am

  3. THe Nation of Islam is one of the most racist groups we have in this country, anyone who donates to any cause they have needs their head examined..

    Comment by anon Tuesday, Aug 1, 06 @ 7:38 am

  4. If a GOP supports Bob Junes U in any way, they are criticized. The same should apply.

    Comment by Todd Castro(ger) aka Wumpus Tuesday, Aug 1, 06 @ 8:29 am

  5. I see Tony Peraica received $500,000 from his biggest fan.

    Comment by Chick McGann Tuesday, Aug 1, 06 @ 8:49 am

  6. You would expect this from Blago. After all his close friend and contributor Tony Ruesko is a Nation of Islam supporter. Why do you thing Rod had no problem throwing the Jews under the bus over Sister Muhammad. I’m amazed some of these Jewish groups still support Rod. It must have something to do with that liberal self-hatred.

    Comment by Chinaman Tuesday, Aug 1, 06 @ 10:58 am

  7. Peraica is awash in offers for fundraisers after the poll.

    Comment by Bubs Tuesday, Aug 1, 06 @ 2:02 pm

  8. And at least he doesn’t take donations from parties doing business with the county, unlike some people, cm …

    Comment by Snidely Whiplash Tuesday, Aug 1, 06 @ 7:12 pm

  9. It will be interesting to see if Bobbi Steele gains any new supporters among the Stroger “fan club” on the Cook County Board while she serves her 4 months as President of the Board? Will she try to use her position during those brief four months to correct those things that should have been dealt with many years ago? The next 4 months will define who Bobbi Steele really is.

    Better to live one day as a lion than a lifetime as a lamb.

    Comment by Beowulf Wednesday, Aug 2, 06 @ 6:09 am

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