John Stroger

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John Stroger

b. May 19, 1929 – d. January 18, 2008

Cook County, County Board President (1994-2006)
Cook County, 4th District Commissioner (1970-2006)
Chicago, 8th Ward Democratic Committeeman (1968-2006)


  • 1953, Xavier University, B.S., Business Administration
  • 1965, DePaul University School of Law, J.D.

Important Political Events

  • 1968, Elected 8th Ward Democratic Committeeman
  • 1970, Elected Cook County Commissioner
  • 1984, Appointed Chairman of County Board Finance Committee
  • 1994, Elected President of Cook County Board, defeating Maria Pappas and Aurelia Puchinski and replacing Richard Phelan
  • 1998, Reelected Board President and County Commissioner defeating Cal Sutker
  • 2002, John G. Stroger County Hospital opens, Reelected Board President and County Commissioner
  • 2006, Suffers serious stroke and leaves campaign trail, Elected Democratic Nominee for Board President, Steps down from office and from the ballot