Chicago shoves problem off onto Cook County

If you can't make it in Chicago, try Cook County.

Here's a story about how the city's health commissioner, having reportedly messed up in

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Dr. Terry Mason this spring, flanked by Mayor Richard M. Daley and Gov. Pat Quinn, explaining the city's response to a swine flu outbreak

several areas, found a home as Cook County's chief medical officer. That would be one Dr. Terry Mason, who was criticized by the state for billing problems and by Chicago's inspector general for poor record keeping.The Tribune story said:

In February, Mason was hit by a city inspector general's audit that said nearly $1 million in drugs and medical supplies were spoiled or unaccounted for in a Health Department warehouse. The audit also stated record keeping was so poor that it was impossible to tell if some of the medicine was stolen.

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