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Ex-Cook County Board president wants to return

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  • Todd Stroger waves goodbye to an audience member as he presided over his final meeting as Cook County Board president.

       Todd Stroger waves goodbye to an audience member as he presided over his final meeting as Cook County Board president.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer, Dec. 1, 2010

  • Cook County Commissioner William Beavers was convicted Thursday of tax evasion.

      Cook County Commissioner William Beavers was convicted Thursday of tax evasion.
    Associated Press file photo

 
Associated Press

A familiar name in Chicago politics has expressed an interest in replacing convicted Commissioner William Beavers on the Cook County Board.

Former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger says he will reach out to Democratic Party committeemen over the weekend to determine how much support he may have.

Beavers was an ally of Stroger's on the county board and a friend of his father, the late county board President John Stroger. Beavers was convicted of tax evasion for not declaring campaign cash he gambled away on slot machines as income. The law requires he resign his post.

Stroger was heavily criticized during his term, particularly for pushing through a sales tax increase that has since been repealed. He was replaced as president by Toni Preckwinkle.

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