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Proviso Probe

Monday, May 14, 2007

GOV, Congressional delegation jerks Stroger's chain

Crain's (Mike Colias):
Illinois' congressional delegation is pressing Cook County Board President Todd Stroger to clean up problems at the county's cash-strapped hospital system if he expects lawmakers to fight for more dollars from Washington....

Critics say the financial problems are rooted in an outdated governance structure that leaves oversight of the three-hospital system to the county commissioners and board president.

That presents "a clear opportunity to use the system for political hiring at the expense of best-qualified health management leadership," says a study last year by a health policy group affiliated with Northwestern University's medical school.

Is Stroger part of the problem because he wants to keep the perks of political power?

Is Stroger the victim, thrust into a situation where he has to commit "murder by spreadsheet" to deal with financial constraints he can't control?

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  • This was a very strange and overlooked story I thought. The image of these white Pols dressing down Stroger --and it sounds like that's exactly what they did-- is bizarre. In the 60's we'd call this plantation politics.

    By Blogger Bill Baar, at 8:23 AM, May 17, 2007  

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