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The Honorable Todd Stroger

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Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
City Alderman
State Representative

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Lasagna
Favorite Time of Year:
June
Favorite Vacation Spot:
New Orleans, Louisiana
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
1/14/1963
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
City Alderman
State Representative

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Lasagna
Favorite Time of Year:
June
Favorite Vacation Spot:
New Orleans, Louisiana
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
1/14/1963
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Todd Herman Stroger was born on January 14, 1963, in Chicago, Illinois. The son of the late Cook County Board President John Stroger, Todd was introduced to politics at an early age. He attended St. Felicitous Elementary School and St. Ignatius College Preparatory. After graduating from St. Ignatius in 1981, Stroger spent a year at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a semester at the Illinois Institute of Technology before transferring to his father’s alma mater, Xavier University, in New Orleans. At Xavier, Stroger majored in history. It was here that he also met his future wife, the former Jeanine Baddoo. They have one son, Hans Eric, named after Stroger’s late brother.

Upon graduation, Stroger returned to Chicago, working at the Water Reclamation District and the Circuit Court of Cook County before pursuing a career in investment banking. He was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in 1992. As a member of the Illinois General Assembly, Stroger served as Chairperson of the Labor & Commerce Committee. He also served on committees dealing with computer technology, insurance and the environment. Among the bills he sponsored was one that would allow college teaching assistants and graduate assistants to form unions.

In 2006 Stroger's father, John Stroger resigned from his post as Cook County Board president due to health reasons. The Cook County Democratic Central Committee chose Stroger to replace his father and run for board president. Stroger won the election against Tony Peraica on November 7, 2006.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Todd Stroger lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Todd Stroger spells his wife's and sibling's names
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Todd Stroger recalls growing up as a son of a politician
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Todd Stroger describes his mother's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Todd Stroger reminisces about going to the drive-in movie with his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Todd Stroger remembers going to cocktail parties with his father as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Todd Stroger shares a story of his father's political resilience
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Todd Stroger describes his paternal and maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Todd Stroger describes his elementary school education in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Todd Stroger describes his early interest in reading
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Todd Stroger discusses the benefits of being the youngest child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Todd Stroger talks about St. Ignatius College Prep High School
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Todd Stroger recalls his friendships and favorite teachers at St. Ignatius high school
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Todd Stroger describes attending the University of Wisconsin at Madison and transferring to Xavier University in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 1 Story: 16 - Todd Stroger explains his decision to major in history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 17 - Todd Stroger describes his early career on the Domestic Relations Circuit Court of Cook County and the Jury Commission
  • Tape: 1 Story: 18 - Todd Stroger recounts his work in Domestic Relations Circuit Court and how children suffer in divorce cases
  • Tape: 1 Story: 19 - Todd Stroger recounts how Domestic Relations Circuit Court shaped his views on fathers' rights
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Todd Stroger describes how his brother's death from an asthma attack affected him
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Todd Stroger talks about the grief process after his brother died
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Todd Stroger describes his service in the Illinois State Legislature
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Todd Stroger describes the political advantage his father gave him
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Todd Stroger reflects upon how his low-key personality helped his political career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Todd Stroger talks about his interest in education and in preventing illegal dumping
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Todd Stroger describes his father's political influence and style and his own style
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Todd Stroger describes the difference in political positions
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Todd Stroger reflects on balancing his career and family life
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Todd Stroger describes how a bill goes through the Illinois General Assembly
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Todd Stroger describes the youth's lack of knowledge of the role of state legislators
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Todd Stroger explains how his politically active family raised his political awareness
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Todd Stroger explains why he does not intend to be a career politician
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Todd Stroger reflects on how he wishes to be remembered
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Todd Stroger discusses the difference between white and black political families
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Todd Stroger discusses his perspective on political careers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Todd Stroger talks about the history of African Americans in the Illinois State Legislature
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Todd Stroger describes the current minority composition of the Illinois State Legislature
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Todd Stroger talks about growing racial inequality in the United States
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Todd Stroger talks about his marriage and his wife
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Todd Stroger talks about naming his baby Hans Eric after his deceased brother