CHICAGO - The Cook County, Ill., Board of Commissioners will begin debate today on a measure that would shift control of the massive and financially troubled health bureau to an independent governing board.

The move comes a week after county President Todd Stroger announced his nine selections for the new board, whittled down from an original list of 20. The board might be expanded to include 11 members in total, according to Commissioner Joan Patricia Murphy, vice chair for the board task force on hospital governance.

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