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  Cook County Board President John Stroger hospitalized
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Last EditedCOSDem  Mar 14, 2006 01:06pm
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News DateTuesday, March 14, 2006 07:05:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionCook County Board President John Stroger is in the hospital. The 76-year-old was taken to the hospital this morning by ambulance after complaining of leg pain. He is undergoing some tests at Rush University Hospital.

At about 5:15 a.m., Stroger told his wife he was not feeling well and was having a pain in his leg. His wife called an ambulance, which took him to Advocate Trinity Hospital. He was later transferred to Rush University Medical Center by private ambulance where is undergoing some tests as a precautionary measure. It's uncertain what exactly is wrong, but his spokesperson says he is alert and responsive.

Stroger has survived other health problems, including prostate cancer, a quadruple bypass heart surgery and diabetes. In November of 2002, Stroger was taken from a board meeting to a hospital due to low blood sugar.

Stroger is the first African-American president of the Cook County Board of Commissioners. He was first elected to the county board in 1970. He has served as board president for three terms and is currently seeking a fourth. He is battling County Commissioner Forrest Claypool in the March 21st Democratic primary.

Stroger's hospitalization comes as a new Chicago Tribune/WGN-TV poll today shows him with a lead over Claypool. Forty-seven-percent of voters surveyed picked Stroger, while 37 percent favored Claypool and 15 percent are undecided. The survey of 475 Cook County registered voters has an error margin of five percentage points.
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