By: Rick Pearson
A little more than 21/2 years through her first term as Cook County Board president, Toni Preckwinkle said Tuesday that changing negative attitudes toward county government remains her biggest challenge.
Speaking to the City Club of Chicago, Preckwinkle said concerns about the work of county government extend beyond voters but also to agencies and other governments distrustful of the bloated, patronage-rich and often inept bureaucracy she inherited from predecessor Todd Stroger.
“One of the more disturbing things to me is that I am often stopped by folks who tell me they’re grateful I was elected County Board president and they make disparaging remarks about my predecessor,” Preckwinkle told an audience of about 300.
“And, what I usually say about that is when you succeed somebody who hasn’t been successful in their job, it’s a mixed blessing. On one hand the bar is low. And, on the other hand, things are a mess,” said Preckwinkle, who ousted Stroger in a four-way Democratic primary in 2010.
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