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John H. Stroger, Jr. was an American politician who served from 1994 until 2006 as the first African-American president of the Cook County, Illinois Board of Commissioners. As board president, Stroger balanced the county's $2.9 billion budget, instituted a Juvenile Drug Court, appointed a Commission on Women's Issues, and opened a new AIDS treatment and research facility. However, Stroger came under increased fire in the later years of his presidency for what his critics called a scandal-ridden administration.