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Thursday, June 29, 2006

N06, Bobbie Steele beaten like a crack baby in foster care

Sun-Times (Fran Spielman):
The complex political deal calls for [Alderman William] Beavers, powerful chairman of the City Council's Budget Committee, to replace John Stroger as county commissioner and for Todd Stroger to replace his father as president of the board, where he would have no vote. Until the election, John Stroger would remain in office. If Beavers wins the seat, he would resign as 7th Ward alderman on the condition that Mayor Daley appoint his daughter to replace him....

Beavers, 71, has long made known his desire to retire and install his daughter--now his chief of staff--as his successor.

The Capitol Fax Blog has a round-up of commentary from the Sun-Times, Trib and Mary Mitchell.

County Commissioner Bobbie Steele is a hack who cares little government efficiency and providing quality services. She’ll play the race card to get Black voters to toe-the-line even when reform would improve services for those same Black voters.

But Steele is getting treated unfairly by Ald. William Beavers and the rest of the Stroger machine. Beavers is attacking Steele for being too ambitious and jockeying to become County Board President.

Let’s look at this through the prism of insiders and outsiders. Beavers and Ald. Todd Stroger, the insiders, have been privately jockeying to advance their careers behind the scenes while piously pledging all sorts of bullshit and lies about hoping John Stroger will return to his duties as County Board President.

Beavers and Todd Stroger could do this because they controlled the information about John Stroger’s health. And they were the ones who declared what was and wasn’t appropriate. “Silly Bobbie, our jockeying for power is appropriate; your jockeying for power proves you are not ‘the one’.”

Any claims that the South Side Black Democrats would have treated the Westside Blacks any better if Westsiders behaved with more reverence for the Stroger family is bullshit. Bill Beavers and Todd Stroger were going to take care of themselves, their blood family and then their political organizations. There never was going to be any crumbs for the Westsiders under the Beavers/T. Stroger plan.

In some ways Bobbie Steele, the outsider, is the perfect person to play the chump for the Westside. Steele lacks intellect or political savvy making it easy for the Beavers/T. Stroger team to put her on the defensive.

Beavers and T. Stroger may have beaten Steele like a crack baby in foster care, but the Beavers/Stroger couldn’t treat Ald. Ed Smith or Congressman Danny Davis like they have treated Steele. Smith and Davis avoided the trap by being astute enough to see the game was stacked in favor of the Southsiders—at least at this point.

But if Beavers fails to deliver the Democratic committeeman votes he claims to have (but probably doesn’t) look for a Westsider to emerge as the candidate to replace John Stroger on the ballot. And when a Westsider emerges as a serious candidate, it won’t be Bobbie Steele.


  • BTW, I'm sick of the claim that somehow Todd Stroger is entitled to inherit office just like Daley, Lisa Madigan, etc.

    I didn't support any of those Irish or Polish pols bequeathing jobs to their progeny either.

    But with the exception of Lipinski, all of them won their elections on the up-and-up.

    The Stroger camp hasn't told the truth about John Stroger's health. The lying combined with the political bluffing, strong-arming and cynically using Stroger's health as a weapon against rivals has left the Beavers/Stroger team discredited.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 4:54 PM, June 29, 2006  

  • Carl,

    You talk about lying. Do you recall just 3 weeks ago the Sun-Times and Tribune reported that President Stroger was on a feeding tube with limited mental capacity. That turned out to be an outright lie. The Stroger camp have consistently said that he had a serious stroke that he is trying to recuperate from. Now what about that, Carl. Beavers only came forward to refute that blatant lie about President Stroger basically being a vegetable with a feeding tube. Mrs. Stroger allowed 2 ministers and a spokesperson to go talk to President Stroger after the media printed those false stories. You remember that don't you. That is when Ald. Beavers finally said that he'll be the spokesperson. You're a journalist Carl. Don't discredit yourself by saying they have not told the truth. The truth is they have been trying to balance his privacy with the public's need to know. Yes, they have been very limited in what they've allowed out. But what lies have the family said. Todd Stroger will have to be elected too. Just like you say was those Irish pols won their elections before they took office, well so will Todd have to win his election. President Stroger won the Democratic Primary remember. He earned the right to recommend whomever he feels will carry out his policy and vision. The committemen have a decision to make. It's inexcusable how you and others are distorting the facts because you don't like the fact that John Stroger won his election. That's ok if you don't like it. But to sit in your glass house and act like he should support an adversary or something is just ignorant. This is politics! If Claypool had won the election and gotten ill, you would not be railing that he support an adversary to take his place on the ballot. And as far as experience in elective office. Todd Stroger has over 15 years. That's more than Claypool, Quigley, and Peraica combined!

    By Blogger Provisoguru, at 5:18 PM, June 29, 2006  

  • To Guru, "he earned the right ot recommend whomever he likes to carry out his vision"? Are you smoking Crack or using Smack intervenously ?
    Storger won the election,yes, eventhough he had a serious stroke, and no one knew his condition. What that says to me is that the voters who voted for him did so out of the color of his skin, not for the right reasons.Now that he won and it has been 4 months and he has yet to be seen or heard, how can we know for sure he is of right mind and has the insight or judgment to "annoint his successor"!!
    I am embarrassed by the spectacle the black community/leaders are doing with Stroger and the greed and blatant disregard they are showing to the rest of the community. That position of Board President and Democratic nominee for the Board President, should be opened up and a special primary should be done to elect another Deocrat to take on the Republican in November. Or, chose a crediable canididate,such as Dorothy Brown ?
    Read American History with similar occurences occured and remember Woodward Wilson,who was pratically dead, and his wife and chief of staff ran the country for almost two years.How about the Duvalier's of Haiti??
    African-Americans are smarter than this, and are tired of being made to look as petty,stupid and ignorant by these two bit hustlers, acting as polticians.
    Both Beavers and Todd Stroger, along with there supporters are only doing the bidding for there white masters, and they sure can dance!!!

    By Anonymous truth hurts, at 5:36 PM, June 29, 2006  

  • Until an independent source evaluates Stroger and reports to the people who pay his salary, I'm gonna assume Beavers and Little Todd are saying whatever they think will advance their ambitions.

    What is the evidence the Sun-Times or Trib got it wrong on Stroger? Did they print retractions?

    If Claypool was incommunicado indefinitely, he would have been replaced on the ballot and I'd have no problem with this.

    Would John Stroger have won his election if his family had told the truth about his health condition?

    The fact that they lied suggests they didn't think he would win.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 5:54 PM, June 29, 2006  

  • Sounds like the house negroes of the left don't like it when a brotha leaves or questions the Plantation. Beavers and Todd Stroger, along with Daley are content to sit back collecting handouts while doing nothing for blacks residents as well as other residents but complain about their condition. Simple Sambo doesn't realize that his blind loyalty and reliance on handouts from one party have crippled him and his race.
    But not a peep from the Black Left as long as the handouts keep coming... Reminds me of the scene in Hollywood Shuffle where a group of slaves are attempting to escape the plantation. The house negro proclaims, "I don't know why we leavin'; Massa always been good to us. He feeds us on Monday, clothes us on Tuesday, beats us on Wednesday....or is it Thursday?"
    The Democrats can always abuse the house negro because they keep the handouts coming to the right people.
    Of course, the "Public Policies" are the same feel-good BS handouts and set-asides that have relegated Black folks to second-class status.
    The Best thing the blacks can do for themselves is vote for Peraica,then the Dems would be forced to reflect on the fact that some Black folks are no longer willing to play the whore.
    Damn right, and it's about time the dems were exposed for what they are: the true slave masters.

    By Anonymous what is really going on, at 5:58 PM, June 29, 2006  

  • Hey Bobbie Steele reminds of Theresa Kelly.They both think they should be board president!
    They both should be board president of there respective nursing homes!!
    Both Steele and Kelly are political hacks!!
    Imagine both of these ladies running against each other.Pure theater of do nothing hacks!!

    By Anonymous Steele vs. Kelly, at 6:26 PM, June 29, 2006  

  • Carl,

    What's the point? You insist on saying the Stroger family lied about his condition. You're lying if you say that they said anything other than he:

    1)had a serious stroke
    2)would need months of therapy to
    see how much he can improve
    3)is paralyzed on his left side
    4)would make a decision in July

    The only lie is that he made a decision before July. What use is it if you're just going to say that they lied. As far as the independent source going in to see them, I guess only the media determines who is an independent source. How arrogant. To dismiss Bishop Trotter and Pastor Al Sampson as hacks is very disrespectful. If anyone knows Rev. Sampson, he may have supproted Stroger's election this time but he is by no means a stooge of the Stroger political operation. Then Bishop Trotter is probably one of the most trusted and respected black ministers of the white media. It is a total disregard of their integrity to imply that their accounts of President Stroger would be untruthful. But the media on the other hand is to be presumed to be totally unbiased. Give me a break.

    By Blogger Provisoguru, at 8:10 PM, June 29, 2006  

  • The Kennedys, Bush, Daley, Hynes, Laurino, Lipinski, Madigan, Mell, ecetera, ecetera....FINE


    No wonder even in 2006 Chicagoland is the most segregated metropolis in the good ole' USA.

    By Anonymous irony beckons, at 10:58 PM, June 29, 2006  

  • Perica will win the election and I am a democrat. black folks will mess this up. Westside versus Southside pols. Perica wins with hmmmmmmmmmmm, 52% of the votes.

    By Anonymous pericaurnrxtprez, at 11:24 PM, June 29, 2006  

  • Down with the machine!!!!!

    By Anonymous My opinion, at 11:28 PM, June 29, 2006  

  • The family did not say Stroger had a "serious stroke" before the primary. They certainly did everything possible to create the impression he could be back to work in a short period of time.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 10:42 AM, June 30, 2006  

  • In the initial days after the stroke but before the Primary, the physician said that he suffered a serious stroke and that it was too soon to see how much he can recover. The family are not doctors. They did not mislead.

    By Blogger Provisoguru, at 11:01 AM, June 30, 2006  

  • Let's go back in time.

    What did the Sun-Times report on March 15?
    Unable to walk, slightly disoriented and slurring his speech, the 76-year-old was alert Tuesday evening but will likely spend the final days of the campaign in a hospital bed....

    Hmm... Not exactly the same as saying Stroger has a "serious" stroke.

    Here's another Sun-Times nugget:
    Simon described Stroger’s demeanor on Friday as drowsy but responsive. He spoke in some short phrases, including a “thank you” to his niece for visiting, according to Simon.

    I think the family knew from before the primary there was zero chance Stroger would return to his job.

    I think the claims Stroger was asking questions and was responsive was outright embellishments.

    If Stroger was as healthy as his family described, he must have had another stroke since the election.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 11:55 AM, June 30, 2006  

  • I suspect the doctors told the family the truth. Absent a miracle John Stroger will never be able to work again.

    The family passed along self-serving bullshit. While attacking people who asked relevant questions.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 11:57 AM, June 30, 2006  

  • Carl,

    In your comments you keep saying you "think", but the answer is also in your comment. Dr. Simon did say in a press conference before the Primary that any stroke of this magnitude is considered serious.... I'm paraphrasing. But you even say in your post that Simon quoted President Stroger as thanking his niece for visiting. That sounds like a guy who is cognizant. If he was able to articulate so soon after the stroke, why is it so hard to accept that he's coherent now.

    By Blogger Provisoguru, at 12:39 PM, June 30, 2006  

  • If Stroger was merely "slightly disoriented", as claimed by his family, he's be on the phone making deals and meeting with people.

    The explanation that's the simplest is that Stroger's family has deceived the public from the beginning.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 1:00 PM, June 30, 2006  

  • Hey Carl,I recieved an e-mail today from a friend in NYC requestingthat I participate in this event , as well others. As we are fast approaching Independence Day, I thought I should inform your bloggers about something very special being done for the victims of 9/11.
    The fifth anniversary of the September 11 attacks is fast approaching and it's hard to believe it has already been almost five years since that unfortunate day in our history. It's a date none of us look forward to, but a date that we should all remember, if only to keep the lives those who perished and their families in our thoughts and hearts.
    Im sure there will be many special homages that day. Special observations, moments of silence and tributes will be held around the country, around the world and elsewhere..
    With that in mind, I thought let you all know about a very special tribute that will be held this year on September 11. A tribute which I have already pledged to participate and which I hope you guys out there with blogs - or without - might want to join and support. I found out about it via Ken at It Comes in Pints? and I think it may be perhaps the best way we can all honor the victims of the terrorist attacks: by honoring their lives: 2,996 stories…2,996 voices…2,996 remembered…
    2,996 is a tribute to the victims of 9/11.
    On September 11, 2006, 2,996 volunteer bloggers will join together for a tribute to the victims of 9/11. Each person will pay tribute to a single victim.
    We will honor them by remembering their lives, and not by remembering their murderers.
    If you would like to help out, either by pledging to post a tribute on your own blog, or by offering your services to promote this cause.
    Then, on 9/11/2006, you will post a tribute to that victim on your blog.
    But, and this is critical, the tributes should celebrate the lives of these people–kind of like a wake. Over the last 5 years we’ve heard the names of the killers, and all about the victim’s deaths. This is a chance to learn about and celebrate those who died. Forget the murderers, they don’t deserve to be remembered. But some people who died that day deserve to be remembered–2,996 people.
    I will be paying tribute to George C. Merino, American of Cuban descent, 39 years young, who died at the World Trade Center.
    Please consider participating in the 2,996 September 11 tribute. It wont be easy and it will undoubtedly be heartbreaking and painful. But it's important to let the families of the victims as well as the rest of the world know that those who perished on that day will never be forgotten. Their deaths touched all of our lives.
    If you need a little impetus, I suggest you visit the September 11th Victims site and read through some of the comments from loved ones and perfect strangers posted for each individual who lost his or her life on 9/11.

    Thanks.God Bless America!!

    By Anonymous DOC, at 6:57 PM, June 30, 2006  


    By Anonymous BLACK MAN, at 7:29 PM, June 30, 2006  

  • Danny Davis has put on the gloves. Bobbi Steele is vowing not to give up. Todd Stroger has the support.
    When will these black politicians wake up! Why put on this public fight. Everyone, even you or I, has a right to seek to be President. But doesn't it make our leaders look foolish when they fight each other in public like that. They should all figure out who has the support and then unite behind that person. Unfortunately, only one person can hold the position. Personally, I think they are all ok. But Karen Yarbrough would have been my choice. She's smart, savvy, and knows how to treat people.

    By Anonymous Ms. T.C., at 8:49 AM, July 01, 2006  

  • The whole thing about John Stroger's stroke is moot, because this situation probably would have happened regardless of his capactiy to serve. He certainly had no intention of serving out this term, and I'm not convinced he even intended to remain on the ballot. He was definitely going to pull a "Lipinski" after the primary.

    By Anonymous M.V., at 9:54 PM, July 02, 2006  

  • I think they toyed with us. The Stroger Camp made their announcement right after the deadline. How convenient. Hmm...

    By Blogger Cynthia, at 3:23 PM, July 05, 2006  

  • All of this talk about Stroger waiting until the deadline for an independent to file is hogwash. All of these wannabes knew or should have known of the deadline. If they knew and didn't act, then whose fault is it. If they didn't know, then they're too dumb to run for dog catcher. The election calendar is public info posted on the election board's website. It's pitiful to blame Stroger for other peoples ineptness.

    By Anonymous Notisaidthelittleblackboy, at 3:47 PM, July 05, 2006  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:25 PM, July 06, 2006  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:54 PM, July 06, 2006  

  • Don't post as "anonymous"; use a pseudonym.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 10:35 AM, July 07, 2006  

  • I'm so sick over the issue of nepotism. The argument is that it's been done by "whites" in the past. Who cares? Two wrongs don't make a right. I thought we were more sophisticated then that. If I could vote again and Davis was on the ballot, I would absolutely vote for him for County Board President. Why? "cus he knows the ins and outs of politics. He knows what is serious and what is poof. I don't want some inexperienced young gun make rash decisions with my already over-inflated tax dollar. I want someone who is experienced and wise. He's already played the race card and has grown. He's beyond that sillyness. The president and its members get paid a very high salary and I don't want a novice.

    By Blogger caper, at 3:10 AM, July 08, 2006  

  • Caper:

    If you want DD then fine so be it. But don't talk about you don't want a novice. Todd Stroger isn't a novice politicican. He's been an elected official for a long time. No, not as long as DD, but so what. We need DD's vocie in Congress. Stroger has the experience plus youth, that's a hard combination to match. I know people say that it's nepotism, but where were these critics when Hynes recommended his son for the party's endorsement, Madigan his daughter, Lipinski his son, Old man Daley his son for State Senator. There is plenty of precedent. Why all the tremendous fuss now. Why don't we admit this and just call a spade a spade.

    By Anonymous "Dollar Bill", at 2:25 AM, July 09, 2006  

  • dollar bill, be serious.
    How can you suggest the team of "Beevis and Butthead" be considered seriously up against DD?
    Todd is a decent fellow but not a leader and that is what is needed in Cook County. Beevis (beavers) is one crass, ignorant old guard fellow who's type needs to go the way of the buffalo.
    Lisa Madigan was an impressive senator and now ag.
    Dan Hynes does an admirable job as treasurer, now the Lipinski "shoo in" was for shit.
    Daley did a good job in his previous elected position.

    what can you point to that suggests Todd has done in either position that anyone would put forth his name for President?

    Name one piece of legislation, one ordinance, anything, anything at all that Stroger the younger has promoted, fought for or got done on behalf of anybody?

    Nothing. he's done nothing and that's what he will do in the president's seat.

    but, that's not what this is about. it's pure politics and keeping the status quo.

    By Anonymous Keep the status quo, at 9:55 PM, July 10, 2006  

  • keep the status quo:

    I don't have to name anything for you until you know what you're talking about. Dan Hynes is the state comptroller, not treasurer. Your girl, Judy Topinka, is the treasurer. And as far as you claiming that Daley did a good job in his previous positions. Are you on something? Hello? Are you following the John Burge case? Guess who was the Cook County State's Attorney who prosecuted many falsely accused black men. That's right, Richard M. Daley. He has the blood and life of innocent men on his hand. As a State Senator, do you think he did anything meaningful but receive the help of his powerful father. Do your homework youngsta before you come to class, Mr. "status quo."

    By Anonymous "Dollar Bill", at 2:44 AM, July 11, 2006  

  • So I made a mistake about Hynes still he is a good comptroller.

    What has Butthead done? Nothing. Just has the name Stroger. I wasn't a real big fan of his daddy but at least he is a stand up man. Tony will eat him alive. And while Cook County burns, Beevis will dance.

    Business as usual in the cesspool of politics.

    By Anonymous status quo still, at 10:56 PM, July 11, 2006  

  • Status quo:

    For your info, Alderman Stroger has passed both state legislation and city ordinances. That's what you do in a legislative body of government. He's sponsored and passed way more bills/ordinances than Commissioner Peraica can conjure up in a dream. What has Peraica done other than be an obstructionists on the Cook County Board. From day 1, he's only been contrary and never even tried to use his position to sincerely serve the residents of Cook County. It's all been about railing against President Stroger to further his own political agenda. Now before he even completes 1 term in office he's running for President. Give me a break! His intent has always been to move up and never was to sincerely serve the residents. At least Alderman Stroger has paid his dues and done the grunt work of serving the public while having to stay in the shadows of his dad. In today's age, there are so many children who waste the opportunities afforded them by their upbringing and are not in a position to benefit from the help of a parent. It's commendable that Alderman Stroger has been humble, respectful, and smart. It's honorable that he would want to follow in his father's footsteps. Too bad Peraica's son isn't doing the same thing, but that hasn't the Commissioner for trying to help him, has it?

    By Anonymous Dollar Bill, at 9:14 AM, July 12, 2006  

  • Todd Stroger has NO cook county board experience.

    Todd Stroger was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, and he has earned nothing. Everything has been handed to him.

    Cook County is in a financial crises, and does not have time for on the job training.

    The Stroger and Lipinski moves just show how little respect cook county politicians have for residents and taxpayers

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:13 PM, July 12, 2006  

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