Why is Todd Stroger loosing his veto power? What did he do to deserve this?

Why don't they just fire him?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    --State Lawmakers Trim Stroger's Veto Power After a summer filled with debate amongst the Cook County Commissioners in regards to the sales tax rollback, Board President Todd Stroger's veto, and the commissioners inability to garner enough votes to override said veto, the state legislature has gotten involved. Yesterday, both the House (by a 66-49 vote) and the Senate (by a 49-1 vote) passed a bill that sets the new requirement for a veto override at three-fifths of the commissioners (11) rather than the current requirement of fourth-fifths (14). Now all that's left is for Gov. Quinn to sign it. The bill was specifically aimed at Stroger and the tax rollback. The bill's sponsor, Sen. Dan Kotowski (D-Park Ridge), said, "This is a great win for taxpayers in Cook County." Stroger spokeswoman Chris Geovanis said, "We're disappointed that the legislature chose not to use logic and decided to change the rules in the middle of the game." Stroger has previously said he would fight any such legislation in court if it was passed.

    State lawmakers have a few other things on their plate today as well, one being campaign finance reform. The Tribune breaks it down like so:

    At the heart of the legislation are the first-ever limits on campaign contributions: Candidates could get up to $5,000 each for the primary and general elections from individuals, $10,000 from corporations and unions and $50,000 from political action committees.

    But the proposal also would allow all four legislative leaders to spend unlimited sums of money from their campaign accounts to individual legislators or candidates in general election races. Since [State House Speaker Mike] Madigan also is state Democratic chairman, he also could devote unlimited party campaign resources to hard-fought contests.

    In primary races, however, the legislative and political party leaders combined would be restricted to giving $200,000 to a statewide candidate, $125,000 to a state Senate candidate, and $75,000 to a state House candidate.

    House Republican leader Tom Cross wasn't impressed with the legislation, saying those lack of limits on leaders in general elections was, "status quo remains the same."

    And still to be dealt with? The bill cutting back free rides for seniors on the CTA.http://chicagoist.com/2009/10/30/state_lawmakers_t...

    Criticism and response

    Budget cuts

    After taking office, Stroger proposed budget cuts for the Cook County Sheriff's Office, Cook County State's Attorney's Office, and Cook County Public Defender's Office that were unpopular with other commissioners. Stroger responded that these cuts were necessary for fiscal responsibility.

    Hiring

    Stroger has also drawn fire for perceived nepotism, such as hiring Donna Dunnings (Stroger's cousin) as the County's chief financial officer. Dunnings and Stroger received additional criticism when she received a $17,000 raise after she initially agreed to not accept a pay hike (in an attempt to help county finances). Dunnings stated that critics could have blocked the pay raise by submitting an amendment to the proposed budget "if they were so concerned about the salary of the first African-American female CFO". Dunnings was forced to resign her position after the press reported that she bailed out Tony Cole from jail. Tony Cole was a former Georgia basketball player and busboy who was hired by Todd Stroger to a $60,000/year Cook County position despite having an extensive felony record.

    Tax increase

    Stroger has also drawn criticism when he began raising certain taxes in his effort to balance the county budget and resolve staffing issues. In September 2007, he voiced his support for a proposal to raise the county-wide sales tax to 11 percent (an additional two cents on the dollar) to remedy a $307 million budget deficit, which would force public facilities such as Stroger Hospital to cut services or even close. Critics of the plan included fellow Commissioners Claypool, Peraica, and Mike Quigley who argued that spending cuts would accomplish the same purpose. Peraica additionally responded that Cook County's poorest citizens, who the tax hike is ultimately designed to serve, would find it to be the most unaffordable. Peraica's argument was seconded by Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, who expressed his opposition to the plan.

    On February 29, 2008, the Cook County Board, by a measure of 10-7, passed a budget initiated by Stroger. Stroger's budget contained a tax increase of 1 percent, the largest ever passed by Cook County, with the intent of creating more than 1,000 new County jobs. As a result of Stroger's bill, on July 1 the County sales tax increased from 0.75 percent to 1.75 percent. Chicago's overall sales tax currently stands at 10.25 percent, which is the highest of any major U.S. city. In suburban Cook County, the sales tax is a minimum of 8.75 percent. All five Republican members of the County Board voted against the tax increase and they were joined by two

  • 3 years ago

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