Election 2010 – Cook County Commission President (Chicago, Illinois)
(D) Toni Preckwinkle – 273,776 (49.2%)
Terrence O’Brien – 127,784 (22.9%)
Dorothy Brown – 79,797 (14.3%)
Todd Stroger – 75,626 (13.6%)
(R) Roger Keats – 92,320 (68.7%)
John Garrido – 42,055 (31.3%)
Cook County, Illinois has 5.3 million residents, making it the second most populated county in the United States (after Los Angeles County). That makes the County government responsible for a segment of constituents larger than 19 individual states.
Containing Chicago, the county government is administered by a 17 person County Commission with a President elected every four years. It oversees public safety and health, road maintenance and other major facets of public service in the county. As can be imagined, positions on this board are extremely powerful and highly coveted. None more than the presidency.
The Democratic candidate, Toni Preckwinkle, defeated incumbent Todd Stroger, as well as two other strong opponents in the primary. She will be the strong favorite in this heavily Democratic-leaning county. Republicans have high hopes for Roger Keats who defeated one candidate in the primary to move onto the general election
Alderwoman Toni Preckwinkle currently represents the 4th Ward of Chicago, covering part of the South Side of that city. In 2007 she was elected to her fifth four-year term as Alderman. She has been a dogged supporter of urban renewal, affordable housing and has been a force in the Chicago Democratic party as well. To learn more, click here.
State Senator Roger Keats is hoping to score an upset in this traditionally Democratic election. Endorsed by most suburban Republican boards, Keats has represented a North Shore district between 1978 and 1994 and is looking to return to public office. He is also a veteran and lives in Wilmette. To learn more, click here.