Monthly Archives: January 2007

Update on MCLE Requirements for All Attorneys

As you know, we all must complete Mandatory Continuing Legal Education now in order to maintain our law licenses.  The Illinois MCLE Board allows legal organizations in Illinois to apply for Accredited Provider status, so that in-house training can satisfy the MCLE requirements without attorneys having to pay out-of-pocket for outside training. Your Union Executive […]

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Burnette’s Testimony before the County Board 1/25/07

The link below will take you to a memo from an AFSCME staffer who was assigned to cover Ed Burnette’s testimony before the County Finance Committee. cook_county_bureau_of_administration_budget_hearing.doc

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What follows is the text of a memo sent from AFSCME COUNCIL 31 to local readers: Our battle to overturn Todd Stroger’s proposed budget cuts is gaining steam daily.  AFSCME’s efforts helped to build great turnout at the two public hearings held in Markham and Skokie.  Those hearings featured powerful testimony from Council 31 staff, […]

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New Info on the Budget Fight and Call for Action

There was a huge union turnout for the Public Hearing in Markham last night (January 23, 2007). Union members filled the meeting hall, and overflowed outside the hall. This is the type of turnout we need at all of the upcoming public hearings. AFSCME was able to obtain the first slot at the Markham hearing […]

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Rally on Monday January 29th at the County Building

The County Board has set four public hearings on the proposed budget. Tuesday, Jan. 23, 6:30 p.m. Markham Courthouse 16501 S. Kedzie, Courtroom 098 Thursday, Jan. 25, 6:30 p.m. Skokie Courthouse 5600 Old Orchard Rd., Courtroom 201 Monday, Jan. 29, 10 a.m. County building 118 N. Clark St. Board, Room 569 Tuesday, Jan. 30, 6:30 […]

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Public Defender Union Gets the Message Out

For those who did not hear, your Public Defender Executive Board issued a press release on January 17, and conducted a press conference in the lobby of the Main Criminal Courthouse.  This was part of our plan to get the message out about the great work we do, and the threadbare budget for our office […]

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Watch Those Sleeping Jurors

A defendant’s right to a fair trial was violated when a juror appeared to sleep during almost the entire trial. People v. Jones, 2006 Ill.App.Lexis 1204 (1st Dist., 12/26/06). In the case, the defendant was charged with burglary and was tried before a jury. During a sidebar, the judge informed the attorneys that he noticed […]

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Latest on the Budget

Public Defender Union Press Release. Todd Stroger has presented his budget proposal to the County Commissioners. His plans for our Office, prepared by Public Defender Edwin Burnette, call for the elimination of all 32 Grade I positions, and the elimination of 7 Grade II positions. Not surprisingly, Burnette and Stroger did not see fit during […]

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A link to the PDF version of the local’s seniority list can be found at the Stewards and Grievances section on this website. Just click on the link and make sure your computer can download PDF files. If you think there is a mistake, please send a memo to personnel and copy the memo to […]

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The First Stage of our Fight

The first stage of our fight for our jobs and benefits in underway. Your Executive Board conducted site meetings last week at all locations, spreading the word that we must all get involved in this fight. Many assistant public defenders showed up, heeded the call, and contacted County Commissioners to express dissatisfaction with Todd Stroger’s […]

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