Monthly Archives: September 2007

Preliminary 2008 Budget Numbers

President Stroger’s office is predicting a budget shortfall for the coming year of $307 million.  On Monday, October 1, the County Board will be discussing a proposal to raise the county portion of sales tax from .75% to 2.75%.  The revenue generated by this proposal could mean an addional $749 million in annual revenue for […]

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Four More Lawyers Get Recalled From Layoff

Calls to four laid off attorneys were being made on Tuesday September 25th notifying them that they needed to appear at the County building to take their medical to get clearance for recall. They should be back at work on the day after Columbus Day. The attorneys are Andrea Bonds, Shelley Blair, Joe Stachler and […]

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New Accountability Case

A defendant who is seated in the car from which a shot is fired, who remains in the car as it speeds away from the scene of the crime, and who is arrested later while still in the car, is not accountable for the shooting unless it can be proven that he had the intent to […]

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Latest on Job Postings in Office

Last week, postings went up around the Office for promotions and transfers to numerous sites in the Office.  Today, some of those notices had to be temporarily rescinded because of problems with the County.  Postings for transfers are still in effect, including transfers to Bridgeview and 26th Street for Grade II positions.  Other postings that included […]

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As posted previously, Ron Alwin passed away on May 19, 2007.   Since his funeral was out of town in Wisconsin, many of his friends and colleagues were unable to attend the services. On September 25th, 2007 at 4:00 p.m. in Courtroom 2525 of the Dirksen Federal Building, a gathering has been planned to remember Ron. […]

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PD Staffing Levels Low

By the Union’s count, the Public Defender Office is down to 434 frontline attorneys. This is way below the 467 attorneys provided for in the 2007 county budget. Through layoffs, attrition, and members taking advantage of the county pension buyout, our staffing levels are too low. The Union is not waiting for this situation to […]

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Union Sponsored Reception follows Thursday’s MCLE

    The union is hosting a reception from 6pm to 7:30 pm following the first day of the two day mandatory MCLE for attorneys in the Office of the Cook County Public Defender.  The seminar will take place on September 6th and 7th  at the Lakeside Center of McCormick Place and is mandatory for attorneys who […]

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