PI Original Adam Doster Thursday January 14th, 2010, 11:21am

Cook County Board Prez: Preckwinkle Builds Momentum (UPDATED)

Here are some morning odds and ends in the Cook County Board president's race:

Toni Preckwinkle is building some momentum. After securing the endorsements of both the Sun-Times and the Tribune this week, the Austin Weekly News posted a short endorsement
of its own last ...

Here are some morning odds and ends in the Cook County Board president's race:

Toni Preckwinkle is building some momentum. After securing the endorsements of both the Sun-Times and the Tribune this week, the Austin Weekly News posted a short endorsement of its own last night. "Ald. Toni Preckwinkle is smart, progressive, independent, and cool in that sort of Obama like way they must be bottling down in Hyde Park," the community paper writes. "She understands, in her understated way, that this government must be taken apart and put back together on an entirely new model."

Preckwinkle unveiled her first television ad today, as well, in which she explains why she is "running to replace Todd Stroger." Watch it below:

Will the campaign have enough cash to overcome lower name recognition than some of her competitors? At a fundraiser on Monday night, Preckwinkle brought in an estimated $100,000.  That comes on top of some good numbers recorded in recent A-1 reports. The Chicago Current has more:

Preckwinkle has disclosed $55,500 of donations listed in the A-1 reports, which are required to be filed for donations of $500 or more 32 days prior to an election. Metropolitan Water Reclamation District President Terrence O’Brien has brought in $45,500, while Clerk of Court Dorothy Brown has raised $16,500.

No records of A-1 reports, which must be submitted within two business days of the contribution, appear to exist for County Board President Todd Stroger's campaign.

Finally, the South Side alderman was interviewed on WLS' Don Wade and Roma this morning. She talked about her platform, the possibility of a Daley endorsement, and the racist literature circulating throughout the county. Give it a listen.

On the Republican side, the Sun-Times endorsed former state legislator Roger Keats:

Keats, with his 16 years of experience in the state Legislature, most of them in the Senate, comes with the background to make his reform proposals work. Although a North Shore resident, he has kept up old ties with Chicago's South and West sides.

UPDATE (10:47 am): In one interesting policy tidbit, Preckwinkle also has come out in favor of the Peotone Airport, a longtime pet project of Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.. Community News Tips has the scoop:

Talking about economic development and “regional planning” – and no doubt eyeing a possible endorsement by U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. – Ald. Toni Preckwinkle has come out in favor of Jackson’s scheme for a new airport in Peotone.

Preckwinkle’s (rather far afield) support comes on top of Governor Quinn’s backing, which includes $100 million for property acquisition  in the state’s crisis budget and a promise to accelerate the process in his State of the State speech today.  Quinn actually got an endorsement from the Congressman in exchange.

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