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Ailing Cook County Board President John Stroger now has submitted a signed copy of a letter resigning his positions as president and a county commissioner effective July 31, his office announced on Wednesday.
Copies of the letter first were distributed last Friday, but were unsigned. Copies handed out today contain a scrawled, barely legible signature, but Mr. Stroger’s spokeswoman said the signature was his and that it was witnessed by his son, Ald. Todd Stroger (8th), and by an a second person who was not named.
The spokeswoman said Mr. Stroger blamed the delay on Mr. Stroger’s health, saying the intent was to sign the letter earlier but he “has good days and bad days.”
Mr. Stoger, who suffered a severe stroke in March, wants his son to succeed him as board president, according to Ald. William Beavers (7th), who has served as a family spokesman in the matter. Mr Beavers is weighing whether to take John Stroger’s County Board himself, with Commissioner John Daley considered the most likely candidate to be named interim county president after July 31.