Monthly Archives: February 2009

Initial Speedy Trial Demand Controls in Refiled Felony DUI Information

A sharply divided Illinois Supreme Court (4-3), issued an important and useful Speedy Trial decision on 2/20/09 in a DUI case written by Justice Freeman.  The DUI arose in Champaign County when defendant Larry Van Schoyck was issued tickets/citations for a DUI by Champaign County Sheriff J.P. Reifstock.  A written speedy trial demand was made […]

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Good News – No Layoffs!

At a meeting this morning, the Local learned that there will be no layoffs in the Office of the Cook County Public Defender.   While there will be cuts to the budget that will affect you in the upcoming year, we are glad that none of the cuts will translate into layoffs.  Stay tuned for more […]

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County Budget/Layoff Update

There is good news and bad news to report to the membership following an afternoon at the County Board Building.    Many members who would be affected by layoffs (and several others) attended the County Board meeting today and most spoke to some of the Commissioners and/or their staff about the impact the cuts would […]

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How Many Layoffs?

Sisters and Brothers:   Within the last few hours, the local was made aware of the amount the County Board has “targeted” for our office.  You will recall that last week the finance committee resolved to cut most Bureau of Administration Departments by 4% and Health Care Departments by 2%.  Ed Burnette had reportedly filed […]

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George Grzeca – Retiree of the Month

Here he is, by popular demand, George Grzeca, the Local’s Member of the Month.  An Assistant Public Defender in Cook County since 12/16/78 and veteran of the Homicide Task Force, he retired at the end of last year.  He remains, unofficially, “of counsel” and a holdover tenant as well.

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County Board Finance Committee Considers 4% Budget Cut

Here is how it looks currently for the 2009 budget for the Office of the Public Defender. Edwin Burnette submitted an initial budget proposal for 2009 to Todd Stroger for $60.7 million, about $9 million more than our 2008 budget appropriation. Todd Stroger cut Ed’s initial proposal to about $54 million. In the meantime, Stroger […]

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Report from National Academy of Sciences expected to Expose Junk Science in Courtrooms.

A report is due out this month from the National Academy of Sciences which is expected to have huge policy implications on the use of expert testimony in criminal cases throughout the country. Click here for a link to an article from the New York Times by Solomon Moore regarding the report.

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