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Stroger pledges to cooperate with Oglesby probe
By Ted Cox | Daily Herald Staff

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Published: 10/5/2010 11:37 AM | Updated: 10/5/2010 2:47 PM

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Cook County President Todd Stroger says he'll "fully cooperate" with authorities in their investigation into his Deputy Chief of Staff Carla Oglesby.

At the same time, Stroger in his statement referred to the so-called "24-9" contracts that are at the heart of the case against Oglesby as "standard, and not an unusual process."

Stroger issued the statement during today's Cook County Board meeting.

Oglesby was to appear in Cook County bond court this morning to face felony corruption charges involving the no-bid government contracts, including one issued to her own public-relations firm shortly after she joined the administration earlier this year after serving as Stroger's campaign spokeswoman in his failed re-election bid. The contracts are dubbed "24-9" because they are

just under the $25,000 threshold calling for County Board approval.

Riverside Republican Commissioner Tony Peraica said he expected the state's attorney's investigation to extend up to Stroger, saying he signed and authorized the payment checks.

Stroger spokeswoman Chris Geovanis revealed she had been subpoenaed by a Cook County grand jury. She said she did not consider herself a target of the probe, but that she would fully cooperate. She said she did not know how widespread subpoenas were in the administration.

Another administration official said he did not know whether Oglesby had been fired or suspended from her duties.

Peraica planned to push for a full repeal of Stroger's 1-percentage-point increase in the county sales tax later in the meeting, and the full board is expected to weigh in on the Oglesby probe.