Monthly Archives: February 2007

More Budget News

We have received many inquiries from assistant public defenders about the real number of layoffs that our Office is facing.  In response to those inquiries, we have explained that the final number is uncertain right now, and that we do not want to give out inaccurate information on such an important matter.  Despite a Suntimes […]

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News From the Budget Meeting Last Night

We realize that many assistant public defenders are waiting to hear the final status of the public defender budget resulting from the hearing process last night.  As of today, we cannot tell you how many proposed layoffs are still in the budget for our Office.  We had representatives at the hearing throughout the night on […]

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Budget Battle and Layoff Notices

We are aware that some assistant public defenders have received layoff notices.  We have been aware since late last week that these notices were a possibility.  Here is what we can tell you at this time:   The Alternative Budget proposed by a broad coalition of Commissioners last week calls for the retention of all front-line […]

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Local Files Grievances in Latest Round of Layoff Letters

The local filed a grievance today officially taking the county to task on the recent letters sent by Human Resources Bureau Chief Kim Gilmore.  The Union alleges that the letters violate at least three different provisions of the collective bargaining agreement and seeks to have the letters that were sent to members retracted, rescinded or […]

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Budget Update and Layoff Notices

  We are aware that some assistant public defenders have received layoff notices.  We have been aware since late last week that these notices were a possibility.  Here is what we can tell you at this time:  The Alternative Budget proposed by a broad coalition of Commissioners last week calls for the retention of all […]

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More Good News On The Budget Battle

Today, a broad coalition of County Commissioners presented an alternative budget for our Office that fully funds our mission, and restores all the jobs of assistant public defenders. This budget proposal rejects the 4-day work weeks, 10-day furloughs, salary reductions, and layoffs that were originally proposed by Todd Stroger. We are hopeful that when Commissioners […]

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Stroger Backs Off Some Budget Cuts to Office

In an article entitled “Stroger finds $25 mil. as Union Sues,” Stroger announced that $8 million dollars will be restored to our budget to avoid the proposed 4-day work weeks and salary reductions.  This is great news.  Read this article at  http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/256198,cst-nws-county14.article.  At this time, this budget restoration does not address the layoffs that are still […]

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Budget Battle Update

Today, lawyers for AFSCME filed a Complaint for Injunctive Relief in Cook County Chancery Court, seeking to stop the planned staffing and pay cuts to the Office of the Public Defender.  As you all are aware, Todd Stroger plans on laying off dozens of assistant public defenders, and has more recently notified us of his […]

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MCLE Update

The Union was informed by Management that they have finally obtained accredited provider status from the MCLE Board. This means that the Office is qualified to provide training that will count towards our 20-hour requirement. While we have attempted to obtain a promise from Management that the Office will use its accreditation to provide enough […]

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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some Frequently Asked Questions regarding the current budget crisis and its effects on the Public Defender Office: Q: Does the Public Defender budget proposal currently include 4-day work weeks and 10-day furloughs? A: Yes. Q: Has the Union been provided with an official layoff list yet? A: No. We demanded one from Management, […]

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