Todd Stroger Fires 'Project Shield' Head With Primary Approaching

On the cusp of the February primary, Cook County Board President Todd Stroger has fired the chief executive of one of the county's most controversial programs.

Antonio Hylton, the county's chief information officer, was hired in the spring of 2008 to oversee the final phase of Project Shield, which to date has secured approximately $48-million in federal Homeland Security funds.

Project Shield is designed to equip 128 police departments in Cook County with computer and video technology, in order to monitor a natural disaster or terrorist attack. It has been plagued with a host of technical problems from the beginning as well as cost over-runs.