Sixteenth District Cook County Commissioner Tony Peraica (R-Riverside) maintains a high-profile presence on the Cook County Board. Peraica isn't shy about making his perspectives known during county board meetings, often intense affairs during outgoing county board President Todd Stroger's regime; he's consistently blasted the sales tax increase Stroger pushed through. The Brookfield-Riverside Landmark described him as "always-feisty" in a recent story about a debate between Peraica and Jeff Tobolski, the Democratic mayor of McCook who's challenging Peraica for the 16th District seat this fall.
Could Tobolski knock Peraica off the board? County Democrats are hoping so. Tobolski says he's got the support from 19 of 24 mayors in the 16th District, the Landmark reports. Yesterday, Ald. Toni Preckwinkle (4th Ward), the party's nominee for county board president, and several other pols criticized Peraica's style yesterday, calling him an "obstructionist" and even a "hater and problem creator." Watch:
Preckwinkle told reporters her campaign will make a financial contribution to Tobolski and fold backing for his bid into a broader get out the vote effort.