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  Former Cook County Board President John Stroger Dies
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News DateFriday, January 18, 2008 04:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionLongtime Cook County Board President John H. Stroger Jr. has died at the age of 78.

Mayor Richard M. Daley announced Mr. Stroger's death at a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day breakfast Friday morning.

Mr. Stroger suffered a stroke in March 2006, shortly after winning the Democratic primary for what would have been a fourth term as County Board president. He had also battled diabetes, prostate cancer and heart disease.

Mr. Stroger's son, Todd Stroger, took his place on the ballot for the 2006 general election, and was elected County Board president that November.

Mr. Stroger was born on May 19, 1929, in Helena, Arkansas, and graduated from Xavier University in New Orleans with a degree in business administration. He later taught school and coached basketball, before moving to Chicago in 1953, where he became an assistant auditor with the Municipal Court of Chicago.

Later, Mr. Stroger served as personnel director of Cook County Jail and financial director for the State of Illinois. He earned a law degree from DePaul University in 1965, and was elected committeeman of the South Side's 8th Ward in 1968. In 1970, Mr. Stroger was elected to the Cook County Board.

He was elected board president in 1994.
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