Yearly Archives: 2007

What the Tribune Editorial Board Won’t Print

The members of this local are tired of reading the onslaught of editorials from the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board in recent days which advocate across the board cuts to the County’s budget and oppose any tax increase.  The Tribune has characterized county workers as folks who are “whining” about the budget.  The fact is that […]

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New Report About Our System of Justice in Cook

The Chicago Appleseed organization just published a report on the functioning of our felony courts system in Cook County.  The report was based on a 2-year review of the system.  This report discusses the public defender system, in part, and makes recommendations for reforms to our system.  The bottom line conclusion of the report is […]

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Union’s Intervenor Petition

Many members have asked to see the Petition to Intervene in the lawsuit filed by special assistant state’s attorney William Hooks on behalf of Cook County Public Defender Edwin Burnette and the Law Office against President Stroger and some of his staff.  We are able at this time to provide you with a pdf version […]

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2008 Budget Battle Brews

For the information of our members, we are in another budget cycle, the results of which are uncertain right now.  There have been hearings on the 2008 budget for weeks, and there are more hearings today (Friday, 11/30/07) that could have an affect on our office.  In preparation for the budget battle in general and […]

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Holiday Party RSVP Glitch Fixed

Our Holiday Party RSVP issue has been resolved.  RSVPs are being accepted until the deadline, of December 10, 2007.  

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Union Holiday Party

The union holiday party will be held on December 14, 2007 at Moretti’s.  Flyers have gone out but please note that there is a problem in that the email address is sending out an automatic “it’s too late to rsvp” message.  We will fix it as soon as possible.  Thanks for your understanding.

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AFSCME SUES PRESIDENT STROGER

November 20, 2007- Today, AFSCME Council 31 announced that the Union will file suit against the County Board President Todd Stroger, asserting that Stroger has improperly suppressed staffing levels at the Office of the Public Defender, and improperly laid off 13 assistant public defenders earlier this year, both in violation of state law.This suit will […]

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Expert Testimony in Identification Cases

Walter Allen’s conviction for attempt murder and 43 year prison sentence was reversed in a scholarly opinion by Justice Wolfson because he found the trial court “failed to conduct a meaningful inquiry” into the Allen’s proposed testimony by an expert in the field of eye witness identification prior to barring the testimony. Justice Wolfson writes that […]

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Galhotra Calls for “Parity in Hiring” for Public Defender’s Office

President K S “Bob” Galhotra spoke to a meeting of the Finance Committee of the Cook County Board at the Skokie Courthouse on October 30, 2007. He made three points on behalf of our members. First, he thanked the board for and increase in the number of APDs in next years budget but told the […]

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MRSA/Superbug/Staph Infections– and You

Recent newspaper articles about an anti-biotic resistant strain of staph infection (MRSA) have caused much concern among the membership.  Some lawyers have reported seeing clients who have contracted the MRSA infection and are concerned about whether they are putting themselves at risk by visiting clients in jail and generally being around infected clients.  Local leadership is working […]

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