I wanted to opine on this Sun-Times article. I have no angle really. I saw this story and other blurbs about this possibility on Capitol Fax and I have some conflicted feelings on this. Nepotism has been a practice in the Chicago area.
I would honestly have no problem with someone with a famous last name earning their spot on the ballot as Lisa Madigan has. The possibility of 8th ward Ald. Todd Stroger as Cook County Board President bothers me. I get the honest feeling that if tried to gain that spot he'd be eaten alive.
I'll be honest though I don't know that much about his activities on the city council. I know he used to serve in Springfield as a state representative before he was appointed alderman after the death of the incumbent 8th ward Alderman, Lorraine Dixon in 2001. I also know that he went to Xavier University in New Orleans with a degree in history.
Still I agree with this point but I don't necessarily agree with him being qualified to sit as County Board President. Here's a quote from Ald. Howard Brookins...
"Children of lawmakers grew up in the business, so to speak. [They] understand what it takes to be a public servant. That gives them different insight and also name recognition, which helps. It being a father-and-son situation isn't what carries the day. It's the name recognition and having insight into the job," Brookins said.And here's another issue raised here...
If it's OK for white politicians to take care of or be succeeded by their children, the same standard should apply to African Americans, they said.Again I suppose it helps if one has a familiar political name and that helps them get an advantage in an election. Especially if such a name has clout. On the other hand I don't really like nepotism especially when it comes to an important position such as county board president.
"It always appears that there's two Americas: one for white America, one for black America. But we should be one city, one county government," said Ald. Arenda Troutman (20th).