Profession: Attorney, Cook County
Education: University of Illinois at Chicago, B.A. Political Science; The John Marshall Law School, J.D.
Experience: President, Anthony J. Peraica & Associates, Ltd., Attorneys at Law, 1992-present; President-Emeritus, Croatian-American Association, Washington, D.C.; Director, South Loop Chamber of Commerce; Vice President for International Scouting, Boy Scouts of America; Director, Croatian-American Association; Special Prosecutor, State Appellate Defender’s Office; Commissioner, 16th District, Cook County Board of Commissioners, 2003-present.
Top Three Issues:
1) Peraica intends to eliminate what he calculates is a $200 million corruption tax on county residents by cleaning up an inefficient county government.
2) He expects to create jobs by reducing taxes and other regulatory measures inhibiting business in the county.
3) He plans to overhaul departments that are in crisis and upon which the public greatly depends for its welfare, focusing on the health bureau and juvenile detention facility as starting points.
Todd H. Stroger
Profession: Full-time Alderman, 8th Ward, City of Chicago
Education: St. Ignatius College Preparatory High School, 1983; Xavier University, B.A. History (minor in Mathematics), 1998.
Experience: State Representative, Illinois 31st Legislative District, of ten years; Chairman, House Labor & Commerce Committee and Local Government Committee; Investment Banker, SBK-Brooks Investment Corporation; Alderman, 8th Ward, City of Chicago, 2001-present.
Top Three Issues:
1) Stroger hopes to aggressively modernize the bloated and inefficient county administration by employing zero-based budgeting, consolidating administrative functions, enhancing the use of technology, and establishing a disciplined focus on core county missions. On fiscal management, he says, “I am guided by two basic principles: first, to fulfill the core missions of county government without creating new, tangential programs; and second, to consider increased taxes only as a last resort.”
2) Stroger says he will strive to make Cook County government a model of transparency and fairness by asking the Chicago Bar Association and Cook County Bar Association to each nominate three individuals, from whom he and a diverse group of County Commissioners will select an Independent Inspector General. The Independent Inspector General will be given the power to root out corruption, waste and scandal within Cook County government. He also promises that hiring and contracting will be conducted purely on the basis of merit.
3) Stroger promises to conduct a national search for new leaders for the Health Bureau and the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center to ensure that the sick and the young are served in the best manner possible.