Cook County Chief in Seclusion Since March The chief executive of Cook County, Ill., has been neither seen nor heard from publicly since he suffered a severe stroke back in March. John Stroger's family and political allies aren't saying much about the 77-year-old's condition, or if he'll be able to resume his duties and stand for re-election this fall.
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Cook County Chief in Seclusion Since March

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Cook County Chief in Seclusion Since March

Cook County Chief in Seclusion Since March

Cook County Chief in Seclusion Since March

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The chief executive of Cook County, Ill., has been neither seen nor heard from publicly since he suffered a severe stroke back in March. John Stroger's family and political allies aren't saying much about the 77-year-old's condition, or if he'll be able to resume his duties and stand for re-election this fall.

The long absence and the Stroger family's silence has left many residents of Cook County, which includes Chicago, wondering who is in charge of the 19th-largest government in the country. Behind the scenes, several Chicago Democrats are jockeying to succeed Stroger.