Todd H. Stroger

Party: Democrat

Age: 43

Campaign Headquarters/Contact: 449 E. 35th St., Chicago, Ill., 60616. Phone: 773-538-6970. Website: Email: noonanmike

Profession: Investment banker, legislator

Education: Xavier University, B.A. History, 1988.

Experience: State Representative, Illinois 31st Legislative District, of 10 years; chairman, House Labor and Commerce Committee and Local Government Committee; investment banker, SBK-Brooks Investment Corporation; Alderman, 8th Ward, city of Chicago, 2001-present.

Top Three Issues: 1) Stroger hopes to aggressively modernize the bloated and inefficient county administration by employing zero-based budgeting, consolidating administrative functions, enhancing the use of technology, and establishing a disciplined focus on core county missions. 2) He seeks to make the county more taxpayer sensitive. Without asking more of taxpayers, he believes there is an abundance of cost efficient opportunities ready to provide county services. He respects a woman’s right to reproductive freedom, and the right of all communities to the safety provided by reasonable gun controls. 3) To combat unethical hiring and contracting practices, he plans to establish an independent inspector general to investigate all complaints of questionable behavior within county offices. He promises that hiring and contracting will be conducted purely on the basis of merit.

Tony Peraica

Party: Republican

Age: 49

Campaign Headquarters/Contact: 10001 W. Roosevelt Road, Suite 200, Westchester, Ill., 60154. Phone: 708-344-1600. Website: Email: info

Profession: Attorney, Cook County commissioner

Education: University of Illinois at Chicago, B.A. Political Science; The John Marshall Law School, J.D.

Experience: President, Anthony J. Peraica & Associates, Ltd., Attorneys at Law, 1992-present; President-Emeritus, Croatian-American Association, Washington, D.C.; director, South Loop Chamber of Commerce; vice president for International Scouting, Boy Scouts of America; director, Croatian-American Association; special prosecutor, State Appellate Defender’s Office; Commissioner, 16th District, Cook County Board of Commissioners, 2003-present.

Top Three Issues: 1) Peraica intends to eliminate what he calculates is a $200 million corruption tax on county residents by cleaning up an inefficient county government. 2) He expects to create jobs by reducing taxes and other regulatory measures inhibiting business in the county. 3) He plans to overhaul departments that are in crisis and upon which the public greatly depends for its welfare, focusing on the health bureau and juvenile detention facility for starters.