Yearly Archives: 2009

Dennis Urban Retires After 35 Years of Service

The assistant public defender who held the number three rank in union seniority has retired after almost 35 years of service to the citizens of Cook County.  A retirment lunch, hosted by the local,  was held in honor of Dennis Urban’s retirement on December 30, 2009.  Brother, Michael Davidson delivered a spirited address to the attendees at […]

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Update from the Department of Risk Management regarding UniCare HMO – 12/17/2009

This is an update regarding the transition of County employees covered by UniCare HMO which has withdrawn from the Illinois market, necessitating a switch in coverage for those County employees who had elected Unicare as their health insurance provider. We are pleased to announce that effective January 1, 2010, these employees will be covered by […]

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Resurrection wants to sell West Suburban and Westlake Hospitals

Resurrection wants to sell West Suburban and Westlake Hospitals Now is the time to make our voices heard! Resurrection management recently announced that they are starting negotiations on the possible sale of West Suburban and Westlake Hospitals with for-profit Vanguard Health Systems. In its statement, Resurrection said it would remain committed to employees and the […]

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December Update

Well, I am back from a contract negotiation session between Cook County and the 15 AFSCME locals including ours.  I have to tell you that what we learned today from Jaye Williams, the new CFO for Cook County, is that the County is about $200 million in the hole for 2011, because of the half penny sales tax rollback passed by the […]

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Should Judges Take Donations From Lawyers?

Here is an article that appeared recently in the Daily Herald, written by Josh Stockinger.  It has been reprinted here with permission. Three Kane County judicial candidates in the Feb. 2 primary say they’re limiting or refusing campaign contributions from attorneys to avoid the appearance of bias in the courtroom. The rest, however, say the […]

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Locating Inmates at Cook County Jail

It appears that the Cook County Department of Corrections’ website is up and running so now you can locate individuals housed at Cook County Jail, without calling jail records,  by going to the following website: or when not using the County’s ethernet, try

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In Memoriam: Portor L. Meriwether (1940-2009)

It is with a heavy heart that we learned of the passing of our brother, Assistant Public Defender, Porter Louis Merriwether.  Portor was an attorney at 26th Street and had been a public defender since April 16, 1984.  He passed away on November 13, 2009.  Anyone that knew him truly appreciated his charm, wit and […]

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COOK COUNTY UPDATE FROM AFSCME COUNCIL 31 A News Bulletin for Cook County AFSCME Members: Sales Tax Repeal Threatens Services — A penny—or half penny—lost could have a very big cost for Cook County services.  The incessant battling over the one cent sales tax increase enacted by the County Board nearly two years ago may be heading for its […]

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RSVP Deadline Extended Until Friday Dec. 4, 2009

Due to the short notice, the Union is extending the period within which to RSVP to the holiday party.  Please remember that if you are bringing a guest, to identify the guest by name in your RSVP.  For your convenience, the email address to RSVP is . For clarification purposes, though extended, the deadline […]

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James Vanzant named 23rd Jack Carey Scholar

The Jack Carey Scholarship Selection committee met on November 19th to discuss the applicants for the Winter/Spring 2010 Award.  The committee, consisting of local president K. S. Galhotra, Melissa Smejkal, Michael Morrissey, Viola Rouse, Hon. Paul Stralka, Daniel Kiss,and David C. Thomas voted and chose James Vanzant as the winner. James was clerking over the […]

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