The Capitol Fax linked to the story from a CBS 2 article this morning. His son currently sits in his County Board President's seat I would say is having difficulty filling Mr. Stroger's big shoes but let me just leave that aside for the moment.
My mother told me a story once about going to a local cleaners Tailo-rite not too long before that fateful primary in 2006. He was elected the Democratic nominee for county board president just about a week after he had his stroke. He would later resign his position at the county and his nomination and almost a month later then 8th Ward Alderman Todd Stroger was selected in his place for the Democratic nomination.
Anyway back to Tailo-rite. My mother was being waited on but the clerk on duty there saw another man dropped everything and got their order and this man was on his way. This man was in fact John Stroger's driver and he was there to pick up Stroger's dry cleaning. This was certainly before his stroke.
You know I want to share some other posts about him and his legacy sans the 2006 election and aftermath of course. Some could be seen as negative and other probably more positive. May the old man rest in piece he may have been a Daley supporter but at least he was an equal. I mean that in a sort of he was a political boss type of way.
John Stroger's endorsement record in black and white
8th Ward Democratic Organization