Claypool has voted against funding breast cancer screenings, against a prescription drug program for seniors, against funding jail guards. Which is all true, technically, because Claypool voted against (John) Stroger’s ridiculously oversized 2006 budget proposal.
It is no small feat that Claypool became one of John Stroger's chief political opponents during his tenure as a member of Cook County board. That's because Stroger for years controlled the entire Cook County apparatus. In order for a politician to move up through the ranks in Cook County they would need to gain the favor of Stroger. Yet, Stroger was also one of the most crooked politicians around. He routinely passed bloated budgets, passed out sweetheart contracts, and created patronage. All of this, Claypool vigorously opposed throughout his career.
Trying to move through the political system outside of the political machine is very difficult and it takes a fair amount of political courage. That's exactly how Claypool has risen through the ranks. It means that Claypool is not tainted by the political machine out of Cook County. In fact, if the next Gubernatorial election was between Tony Peraica and Forrest Claypool it would show that both parties in Illinois were serious about tackling the corruption that infects our state.