The co-founder of the group No Games Chicago, which advocated (successfully) against holding the 2016 Olympics in Chicago, has announced that he is running for Cook County Board president. Tom Tresser is running as a Green. If another candidate enters the race with the Green Party, there will be a primary on February 2nd.
Laura Heller of True/Slant describes Cook County, which has over five million residents and contains Chicago, politics:
For anyone unfamiliar with Cook County politics, I’ll repeat that. John Stroger suffered a stroke and managed to win the democratic nomination for Cook County Board president without ever leaving his hospital room or speaking publicly to even prove he was conscious. Once nominated, his name stayed on the ballot until it was too late for independent candidates to file the paperwork necessary to run. Todd was then chosen to replace his father as the candidate by County Democratic Committee leaders. He won the general election, took his father’s place and presided over the Cook County Board.
No need to go too deep into the list of Stroger’s decisions, but the double digit sales tax and refusal to reverse it is certainly a highlight. Tresser has long battled the powers that be to keep politicians away from public property like the parks.
Tresser said of his run:
“After almost 30 years of active civic life in this great city, I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m tired of chasing bad policy and trying to stop projects that rip up parks, loot our treasury and reward the connected few,” Tresser said. “I would like to help make good policy and be part of a small and honest government – rather than rail against wrongheaded policy and the litany of public corruption that has become Chicago’s and Cook County’s unofficial theme song.”
And his opponents will be:
Among the Democrats, County Board President Todd Stroger is running for a second term. U.S. Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.), Chicago Ald. Toni Preckwinkle (4th), Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown, and Cook County Water Reclamation District President Terry O’Brien, are also running for the Democratic nomination for County Board President.
Former Illinois State Sen. Roger Keats and Chicago police lieutenant and attorney John Garrido are running on the Republican ticket.