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Media Blackout: Cook County Hospitals Reorg MIA

John Powers 23 January 2008 2 Comments

In case you missed the Daily Herald story about an independent board being set up to manage Cook County Hospitals, or if you are not a Crain’s subscriber (the story, while on the front page of the print edition, is not freely available online, nor via syndication), you might have missed one of the biggest developments in Cook County.

Cook County Hospitals are the biggest line item on the county budget. The Tribune and Sun Times have mercilessly (and perhaps justifiably) pounded away at the Stroger administration’s mis-manangement. One might ask, if mis-management is something new in the healthcare industry, but Trib and Sun-Times have put a lot of ink to explaining how Todd Stroger has botched things up, something that we might assume was not the case in the previous administration, given the new found dedication of the Trib/Sun-Times to muckrakery about 1900 Polk.

Perhaps overwhelmed by promotion of winning a date with Drew Peterson (Chicago Tribune), or championing the “Midwest Teen Sex Show” (Sun-Times), our two leading print newspapers neglected to report the overhaul at Cook County Hospitals.

It is not all that shocking for the Trib and Sun-Times just to ignore an entire story; it is another matter entirely when they have covered a story thoroughly, then just stop. What it is about the biggest story in the County that would want to make our newspapers keep it under wraps? My suspicion is that Todd Stroger performing like a responsible manager and sensible politician does not fit the resume that has been concocted for him by the press, so the story was just stifled, until there is some unflattering detail to publish.


  • Dan Kelley said:

    Under the current regime, the patronage party at Cook County Hospital (appropriately renamed for Stroger as it properly assigns the blame) has gone from bad to worse.

    If the hospital could simply process its paperwork, it would be entitled to reimbursements from that would help balance the County budget, but that is too much like work for those drawing paychecks for staring at the wall.

  • Freddy Z. said:

    Stroger??? What about the rest of the Commishimorons on the county board??? They are the ones with voting power. Why do we need 17 part-timers earning over $80G’s a year, not to mention their staff’s??? You want waste, they are it. The federal gov’t (@1000 people) is about to pass an economic stimulus package in a week…yet the 17 commishimorons cannot pass their budget given six months. The budget process begins in July! The saddest part is the majority comes from one party!!!


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