Updated: December 16, 2013 6:41AM
Todd Stroger said Thursday night he plans to run for a seat on the Cook Country Board.
Stroger, who lost a re-election bid for Cook County Board president in 2010, said he plans to run for the seat Bill Beavers was forced to vacate after Beavers was convicted of failing to pay taxes on campaign money he used to gamble.
Stroger made the announcement while serving as a guest speaker at a Roosevelt University urban politics class, prompting Professor Paul Green to lead his class in a round of applause.
“I’ve had almost four years to kind of relax and think about things, and I think it’s time to get back in,” said Stroger after the paid speaking engagement.
The announcement is not a surprise. Beavers’ seat on the County Board was still warm when Stroger began reaching out to Democratic committeeman in March in hopes they would appoint him to fill the vacant position. The seat ultimately went to Stanley Moore.
Stroger said he will maintain his job as an insurance salesman during his upcoming campaign.
The nonchalant announcement came several minutes after he told the college class how much he disliked being County Board president. “It was four years of just hell. I was fighting all the time, the newspapers were just crucifying me,” he said.
Stroger said his biggest challenge will be raising money for the race. The Democratic Primary is scheduled for March 18, 2014.