Monthly Archives: November 2007

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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