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Preckwinkle Wants Smooth Transition. Stroger Won't Play

By Chuck Sudo in News on Nov 15, 2010 3:00PM

2009_09_10_toddler.jpg Cook County Board President-elect Toni Preckwinkle was hoping for a smooth transition with the man she's replacing. But is it any surprise that Todd Stroger so far hasn't cooperated with Preckwinkle?

Preckwinkle and Stroger met last Tuesday for about "8-10 minutes," according to Cook County Commissioner John Daley. Daley, who discussed the meeting with Rpeckwinkle, said "it was not good." Preckwinkle has indicated she's received "zero" cooperation from Stroger's administration for months and that last week's meeting was cut short when Stroger asked Preckwinkle to keep some of his patronage hires employed in county government. Preckwinkle campaigned on the promise that Stroger's hires would be following the Toddler out the door.

Daley and the other county commissioners are now getting involved, imploring department heads to have transition reports ready for Preckwinkle in advance of tomorrow's Board meeting. All indications point to Stroger being the lone straggler, however.